Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

MArch

2017 entry

The second part of our Master of Architecture (MArch) professional qualification is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), enabling MA students to graduate as registered architects.

Our MArch course emphasises design as a research practice. It understands the architect as someone whose cross-disciplinary role enables them to draw upon knowledge from various related disciplines, to develop effective strategies and models for sustainable practice in industry space. This may be within the context of the production of buildings, the spaces between them or the urban contexts in which they occur.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top ten by the 2016 Guardian University Guide. This course carries full and unconditional prescription from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as satisfying the Part 2 criteria.

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Length of study:

Two years full-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Canterbury

Prescribed and validated by:

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Course overview:

Our MArch course emphasises design as a research practice. It understands the architect as someone whose cross-disciplinary role enables them to draw upon knowledge from various related disciplines, to develop effective strategies and models for sustainable practice. This may be within the context of the production of buildings, the spaces between them or the urban contexts in which they occur.

On this course you'll be able to consolidate your architectural experiences, both in education and in practice, whilst simultaneously questioning your preconceptions of the discipline.

By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to adopt a critical position within the profession and wider society. You'll also be able to initiate and deliver projects which are grounded in design-based research, and continue a process of learning through practice based experimentation and enquiry.

Course content - 2017 entry

In stage one, you'll undertake a number of tutor-led studio design projects. Lecture and seminar series are interwoven with studio design projects and inform their content.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Design Research 01

    Enables you to embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. You're required to demonstrate your ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies, structural and sustainable objectives and approaches and coherent responses to site within the project as a whole.

  • Design Research 02

    Enable you to extend and amplify the architectural design research initiated in Semester 01 leading to a rigorous proposal or proposals for a complex architectural design.

  • Design Technology

    Involves the origination and implementation of a programme of individual research into technologies and experimentation. This will be devised by you and it usually emerges from the research themes and issues in your design research project. A series of programmed interdisciplinary workshops introduce key skills and concepts, interspersed throughout the course of the unit, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.

  • Dissertation (option1)

    This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical,
    theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will present a written dissertation (8000 – 10,000 words) in which you will be expected to develop and articulate a sustained argument in an extended piece of writing that demonstrates a high level of understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.

  • Dissertation (option 2)

    This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical,
    theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will complete a research project, presented using alternate media (film, installation, software etc.) and an exegesis (2000-3500 words).

In stage two, you'll develop your own research agendas, drawing heavily upon the issues and methodologies introduced in stage one.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Thesis 01

    You'll develop and present your design thesis project. The format of presentation may include the production of diverse media, for example models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.

  • Thesis 02

    This second phase of the Thesis involves the development and presentation of the Thesis Project. The format of presentation is agreed with individual Thesis Tutors and may include the production of models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.

  • Future Practice

    Designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. These characteristics are reinforced through lectures, workshops and tutorials. The unit covers a range of topics such as business (including marketing and advertising), economics, law and legal, management, media, systems and operation, professional practices and a series of talks related around the RIBA stages: pre-agreement, ideas-design, pre-construction, construction and completion.

  • Realisation

    You'll produce a technologically–driven realisation which arises out of an issue identified in their design Thesis. You are required to apply your understanding of technical knowledge to the resolution of building design problems or to the development of novel approaches to design issues through rigorous, well–documented experimentation.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

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Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree in Architecture (normally 2.1 or above) with Part 1* of the professional qualification recognised by the ARB and RIBA

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  • Normally one year in an architectural practice following the Part 1 qualification.

 

*The process for confirming Part 1 equivalence of overseas qualifications is undertaken by the ARB, the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK, and also the UK's Competent Authority for Architects. Read our  about this or visit the ARB website.

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For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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