Taught course

Architectural Design

De Montfort University · Leicester School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Successful completion of Architecture BA (Hons) or equivalent ARB/RIBA Part I qualification, at 2:2 Honours or above. Graduates with degrees in cognate design fields may apply. A portfolio of design work, submitted digitally is required. Candidates without requisite academic qualifications who possess relevant industry experience can be considered upon assessment individually. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Months of entry


Course content

The Architectural Design MA is a pre-professional programme developing a specialist approach to architectural thinking, and design execution. This is an internationally popular course that attracts students globally and currently offers entry to the rigorous design teaching we offer at the Leicester School of Architecture. You will be exposed to disciplinary thinking linked to design strategies, and undertake design projects in various contexts.

You will learn through a range of tutorials, seminars and formal presentations or critical analysis to internal and external critics. Assessment is completed at the end of each design module in the form of a portfolio submission. The Leicester School of Architecture has an extensive national and international lecture series, attracting leading academics and professionals from around the world.

You may either find employment with a leading architectural practice or progress onto professional qualification. Graduates holding RIBA Part 1 accreditation are given the opportunity to apply for a place in the final year of the Architecture MArch (RIBA Part 2), subject to a portfolio review and interview. You could also continue in research and study for a PhD.

Information for international students

Some international students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount of up to £500. For more information, visit dmu.ac.uk/international.

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships. We currently offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship for Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0) 116 2 50 60 70