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MRes Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Course Description

Urbanisation, advances in technology and the drive towards sustainable living are all changing our world and transforming businesses. Architecture, design and the built environment disciplines need adaptable, multi-skilled and influential leaders to deliver a coherent and sustainable response to the challenges ahead. This MRes course gives students the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and apply them to an extended research project with either a technical, management or strategic focus.

Key benefits

This Masters degree will equip you with the skills necessary to undertake sustained, independent and innovative research. You will gain the confidence to work in creative and flexible and ways, and develop the ability to plan, produce and present rigorous, independent and theoretically informed studies. It also fosters the development of essential professional skills to enhance your employability, such as self-management, team work, problem solving and communication.

Course detail

Depending on your chosen subject area, you will graduate with one of the following qualifications:

• MRes Architecture
• MRes Construction
• MRes Real Estate
• MRes Product Design

The course is suitable for students who have enjoyed the research components of their undergraduate degree and wish to prepare for a research-based career. It also offers excellent preparation for Doctoral study. Likewise, it is appropriate for people who are already working and who wish to either develop their research skills or undertake a research project to enhance their continued professional development.


The course consists of two taught modules. You will then undertake a supervised extended research project in one of the available subject areas.

• Research Design and Methodologies (30 credits) covers qualitative and quantitative research methods, their use and analysis.

• Research Literature Portfolio (30 credits) a subject specific module designed to develop your research skills through reviewing, evaluating and presenting a portfolio of independently generated research material relevant to your extended project. Includes library skills development.

• Extended Research Project (120 credits) allows you to investigate a relevant research topic in detail, working with a research supervisor and drawing on the skills developed in the taught modules.


The taught components of the course provide a balance between training in interdisciplinary research methods and subject specific research under the supervision of UWE Bristol's active research specialists.

For the final extended research project, you can choose to engage with ongoing research from one of UWE Bristol's specialist research groups or to embark on a new project relating to or inspired by your particular interests. In either case, this may relate to your current or future employment.


We will use a variety of assessment tools throughout the course. These include coursework, a portfolio, written exams and an extended research project.

Careers / Further study

The course will prepare you to step into a wide range of research-focused roles across relevant industries. It is designed with the flexibility to allow you to target both skills and subject matter towards a particular career trajectory or to your current employment.

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 MRes Architecture, Design and the Built Environment page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.1 or above (or the equivalent if it is a non-UK degree) in a relevant subject.With your application you should submit a 300-500 word draft project proposal to include a project title, aim or research question, possible methods and 6 relevant references.

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