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MArch Architecture

Course Description

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its architecture courses, and the calibre of its graduates. This course ranks consistently highly in the UK, ranking 6th in The Guardian league table.

If you have Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part I accreditation, the MArch is an excellent opportunity to achieve your Master of Architecture, plus RIBA and ARB Part II accreditation. Part III accreditation is also achievable at UWE Bristol.

Key benefits

This Master of Architecture, RIBA part II, ranks among the top 20 in the UK. You'll take part in live projects with genuine client briefs, in well equipped studios and workshops, and choose from three specialisms in your second year to develop an individually distinctive portfolio.

Course detail

You can specialise in Sustainable Architecture, Conservation or Urbanism in your second year, to help differentiate your skills and develop a unique portfolio.

You will have attentive support from an excellent department with extensive research expertise and complementary knowledge, and learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals. Learning incorporates working on live briefs from genuine clients, and studying cities and buildings on national and international field trips. It will encourage and hone design skills, and introduce you to working directly with clients and end users, and running an architecture practice. The course also offers further real-world experience with excellent internship opportunities, and puts on a high-profile end-of-year show in both London and Bristol, attended by local, regional and national practices.


• Design Studio A (60 credits)
• Advanced Cultural Studies 1: Narratives of Built Form (15 credits)
• Professional Practice: 1 (15 credits)
• Architectural Representation and Modelling (30 credits)
• Design Studio B (60 credits)
• Advanced Cultural Studies: Narratives of Architectural Theory (15 credits)
• Professional Practice 2 (15 credits)
• Design Research (30 credits)


Where possible, we have designed taught modules to integrate with learning in the design studio and professional practice. The course comprises weekly studio-based lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, as well as regular project design reviews. Design projects are the focus for constructional, structural and environmental technical studies, taught by specialists through lectures, seminars and studio tutorials.

Visiting practitioners, academics and internal researchers contribute to the teaching, and support your specialist knowledge development.


Assessment focuses on presentations of project work, portfolio submissions, and illustrated reports and essays.

Careers / Further study

The MArch course not only introduces design skills, but in the second year focuses on the experience of working in an architecture practice, preparing you for the next stage of your architecture career. The course also leads seamlessly into the final year of an Architecture MA also available through this faculty and has RIBA and ARB Part II accreditation.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MArch Architecture page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

We require:• An honours degree of 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course; or• A first degree in Architecture from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent; or• An honours degree of 2:2 from a RIBA Part I validated course, plus a minimum of 60% in the final year design project and/or evidence in your portfolio of significant development since you completed your degree; or• Successful completion of the ARB Part I examination; or• Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above.

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