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Architecture (MArch, ARB/RIBA part 2)

Course Description

Programme description

This is an exciting and innovative programme of study. Based in one of the most beautiful and architecturally important cities in the world.

The programme combines flexibility with rigour, allowing students to select from an exciting menu of studio courses and a choice of curricular pathways through the degree.

The programme has Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. RIBA validation was achieved in 2011. The next RIBA visit is 2017.

For further information about ARB and the prescription of architectural qualifications, visit the ARB website:

Architects Registration Board

Programme structure

You will undertake a series of advanced-level research exercises and design projects, engaging with structural, environmental, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic questions. Non-studio courses encompass technology, Contemporary Architectural Theory and Management Practice and Law.

The programme emphasises studio-based investigation within a stimulating environment that enables creativity, experimentation and critical engagement with architectural design.

It offers the opportunity to select from:

-studios linked across the full two years
-a series of discrete thematic studios that vary from year to year

Many studios engage in collaborative working with other international institutions, research partners and particular user groups. There is a clear emphasis on the relationship between architecture and the city and the evolution of the student’s individual position in current theoretical debate.

During the course of the programme you will complete a comprehensive design project, accompanied by an illustrated report explaining its theoretical, environmental and technical dimensions. Projects are developed by way of drawings, models, digital representations and written reports. The trajectory of your work during the programme is documented in an academic portfolio at the end of the second year.

Career opportunities

The MArch degree forms the second stage in a process that will enable you to register and practise as a professional architect in the UK.

Fees and costs

Additional costs apply to this programme: £50 in year 1 and £150 in year 2; field trips costs of approximately £500-£600; additional computing and printing costs.

Additional programme costs (APCs) are used by programmes in Edinburgh College of Art to cover associated costs such as: basic consumables; equipment purchase, hire and maintenance; computing hardware and software; field trip and excursion expenses; and programme specific events. More detail will be available in programme handbooks.

Visit the Architecture (MArch, ARB/RIBA part 2) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good degree in architecture, usually at least a 2:1 or equivalent. The degree should be prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 1 or demonstrate equivalent standard by portfolio. If you do not hold an ARB Part 1 qualification, you will need to obtain qualifications at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 level before being eligible for registration. For further details, please contact the ARB.

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