Taught course

Architecture MArch

De Montfort University · Leicester School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Architecture BA (Hons) with exemption from ARB/RIBA Part I examinations (2.1 honours or better) or equivalent. A portfolio of work is required, and an interview may be conducted. Applications from mature candidates with extensive related practice experience may also be considered. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in related subjects may be considered and should apply for advice. Applicants whose prior qualifications were not conducted in the English language are required to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Architecture (MArch) Programme at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) offers a professional level architectural education. Graduates are able to progress to professional registration examinations allowing access to the legal title of 'architect' and to markets, in the UK, EU or other legal jurisdictions. Graduates also progress in higher education to taught-courses offering specialized professional interests, or research.

The MArch course challenges emerging professionals to develop a personal stake in the globalised architectural world. Current issues in architectural thought, practices and processes are studied through foundations in historical and philosophical thought, contemporary states of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology, the ramifications of modern technology, legal and economic contexts, and the state of the profession.

Central to the course is a series of advanced design studios that are integrated with studies in the humanities, technology and
environment, digital computation and fabrication, and professional studies. In this environment you learn from a mix of leading practitioners, academic educators, visiting professors and your peers, who collectively offer a wide variety of architectural experience and engagement. A degree of flexibility is built into the programme to allow specialised interests to develop in ancillary studies, supported by published and research active academic staff in the architecture research group with concentrations in history and philosophy, sustainability (ethics and technology), digital computation and fabrication, housing and a practice based research wing (LSA Atelier).

Your academic and professional growth is further supported by extra curricular activities, such as visiting lecturers, symposia, multimedia exhibitions, interdisciplinary engagement in a faculty that hosts fashion, product design, the arts and humanities. International exchange and study abroad options are available in MArch year 1.

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 our website.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for national funding through your Local Education Authority.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work60
Professional practice5
Dissertation10 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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