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MArch Architecture


Course Description

About the course

The degree is currently validated by the RIBA at Part 2 and prescribed by ARB. Your study will be mainly studio based, with design projects each year. To qualify as an architect, you’ll produce at least one comprehensive design project and a dissertation.

Through our unique live projects you can work with local, regional and international groups on real-life challenges. You could be building, designing urban masterplans or designing in detail.

Advance your career

Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.

Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.

Learn from experts

You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.

Explore your ideas

You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make
a difference to communities.

Core modules

Design 1, 2, 3 and 4; Live Project 1 and 2; Theory and Research 1 and 2, Environment and Technology 1 and 2; Management, Practice and Law 1 and 2; Dissertation 1 and 2.

Examples of optional modules

Participation in Architecture and Urban Design; Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling; Critical Spatial Theory; Parametric Architectural Geometry; Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis.

Visit the MArch Architecture page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Marianne Howard

My highlights from the course were the supportive and open studio culture; which encouraged the sharing of ideas between groups and yeargroups.

Being involved in a Live Project which involved the curation and construction of a ‘Pavilion of Protest’ in the heart of the RIBA, which aimed to engage students and architects from all over the UK in the debate about the rising cost of architectural education.

(Student Profile)

Sarah Habershon

I enjoyed the research components of the course, which allowed me to develop my knowledge of issues I had a personal interest in. The Live Project I took part in during my final year involved a trip to China, where I was able to learn about another culture and consider the implications for design.


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Entry Requirements

You’ll need BA Architecture, 2:1 or equivalent, from a RIBA/ARB-approved institution, along with one year in practice. You should have RIBA Part 1 or equivalent. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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