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MA Architecture and Urban Design

Course Description

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) is a wide-ranging mainstream Master's programme in architecture that gives you an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on contemporary architecture and urban design. The programme informs you about the latest knowledge of architecture and urban design in order to prepare you to become a successful professionals working on a global scale.

You are taught how to combine academic analysis with the development of creative and intellectual skills. We regard theory and practice of architecture as equally important, and believe that joint effort and excellence in both areas are necessary for communicating architecture and urban design competently and successfully. You are encouraged to develop your creative and imaginative abilities; to produce ideas and undertake work that conveys your understanding of architecture and cities in fresh and effective ways.

You learn how to approach contemporary architecture and cities and their relation to the society, culture and arts including film and theatre. Through the analysis of wider social and environmental aspects and through modeling of cities’ life and its dynamic forces, programme considers the ways in which both the heritage buildings and the new design proposals can facilitate in the sustainable development of cities in the future.

Kent School of Architecture (KSA) has developed a unique partnership with Farrells, the internationally renowned architects and urban planners. John Letherland, the Head of Master Planning, currently leads a design module for all students on this programme.

This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career.

This programme is taught at our Canterbury campus. There is also a version of this programme which allows you to spend a term in Paris (https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/181/architecture-and-urban-design-paris).

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/180/architecture-and-urban-design

About Kent School of Architecture

Research at Kent School of Architecture achieves excellence in both the history and theory of architecture and in sustainable urban, peri-urban and environmental design. School staff have design expertise and specialist knowledge; they are at the forefront of current architectural issues, including sustainability, technology, professional practice and research. Our staff are active at academic and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, and appear and publish in local and national media. The School promotes innovative and interdisciplinary research, emphasising sustainable design.

Much of the project work involved in the Kent School of Architecture is located on 'live' sites in the local region, using real clients and engaging challenging issues. Students in all stages of the school have been introduced to real urban and architectural design challenges in Lille, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Rye, Chatham and, of course, Canterbury. Much of this work involves liaising with external bodies, such as architects, planners, council and development groups.

Course structure

The MA is composed of four taught modules (two modules per term full-time, one module per term part-time) and a dissertation on the topic of your own choice. The programme leads to an MA but may be taken as a Postgraduate Diploma without the dissertation.

Graduates have worked at the cutting edge of the architectural profession on a global level and progressed to work in academia.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

AR831 - Urban Landscape (30 credits)
AR832 - Research Methods and Analysis (30 credits)
AR848 - Theory and History of Urban Design (30 credits)
AR847 - Urban Design Project (30 credits)
AR999 - Dissertation:Urban Design (60 credits)


Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- ensure that you achieve excellence in your knowledge of architecture and cities through the development of your understanding, research, design and other related abilities

- promote creativity and excellence in architecture and urban design; from understanding concepts to thoughtful project development and the integration of research, strategically and in detail

- develop your knowledge of the theoretical, historical and professional contexts of architecture and urban design and ensure that you are aware of your responsibilities

- develop your understanding of architecture, cities and urban design within a broader cultural context that would include studies of arts and humanities

- promote and support independent research and high-quality skills

- accommodate a wide range of views and develop your specialised original interests

- develop understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research and promote originality in applying knowledge in architecture and urban design

- develop initiative, responsibility and sound critical judgement in making decisions about complex architectural and urban design issues

- enable you to develop strategies for self-improvement and commitment to research and learning

- support you in achieving your full potential in all parts of the programme.


Our Master’s programmes have been devised to enhance your prospects in a competitive world. Professionals in the architectural, planning, environmental design and conservation fields who develop higher-level skills, accredited by relevant bodies, will find themselves well-placed to progress in their field. Our students have gone on to work for major public agencies and universities, as well as leading practitioners in the private sector.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MA Architecture and Urban Design page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Elaine Page

2259.jpg What attracted you to studying at Kent?
I found the university's prestigious academic and research reputation attractive and I liked its creative energy.

Why did you choose to study architecture?
I chose to study Architecture and Cities to further my understanding of the built environment. Originally from a public health background I am interested in the impacts of a city's architecture and infrastructure on health.

What skills did you acquire whilst studying architecture?
I am able to appreciate and experience architecture and urban design more fully. I rediscovered my creative and artistic side by improving my drawing skills and I learnt how to use software unfamiliar to me.

What did you enjoy most about your time at university?
The experience of studying the masters has furthered and enriched my personal growth and I very much enjoyed the opportunity and challenge of studying a subject new to me.


Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015 - 20+ Awards

The University is pleased to announce that it has been awarded 215 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Master’s degree programmes at Kent in September 2015. This one-off scheme, announced by the Government in December 2014, is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). •The bursaries are £10,000 each for study on a taught Master's degree programme at the University of Kent.•The bursary does not have to be repaid.•The bursary will contribute to the cost of tuition fees for the Master’s degree and any associated University charges (ie accommodation fees) with any balance awarded as a maintenance grant. •Bursaries are available for full or part-time study (over a maximum of two years).

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must:•Be “Home” fee paying.•Be a UK permanent resident;•Have completed a three-year undergraduate degree, which started in 2012 and finished in 2015;•Have paid, or be responsible for repaying to Student Loans Company, the higher rate tuition fees in full; •Have achieved a First or a 2.1;•Have satisfied and demonstrated certain socio-economic criteria•Have made an application and been admitted for a taught Master’s degree programme at Kent’s Medway or Canterbury campuses or for a split-site programme at one of our European sites at Brussels, Paris or Rome•Register for a taught Master’s degree programme at the University of Kent in September 2015.

Application Procedure

•Before you can be considered for a bursary you must make an application for an eligible taught postgraduate programme at the University of Kent, and be offered a place•Consideration for a bursary will be dependent on the degree application and you are urged to make an application for a place to study as soon as possible.Please note: When making an application, please note you must use your family/parental address and postcode in order for us to confirm your eligibility.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in architecture or another related discipline in humanities, planning or similar. Those without a degree will be considered for entry on an individual basis but must be able to show a considerable period of experience at an appropriate level.Please provide a portfolio of work with your application (if applying from an architecture or design background). Please also check our general entry requirements (including English language requirements).

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