Entry requirements

Places on the MA Research Architecture are very competitive. They are not limited to graduates of architecture, but open to a range of other disciplines provided that you have, or expect to gain, an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard.

A good portfolio of practical and/or scholarly work, as well as experience in conducting research and a demonstrable interest in critical spatial practices, are essential. Your portfolio should be uploaded with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overvieThe MA Research Architecture is for graduates from a range of disciplines who want to examine how architecture can engage with questions of contemporary culture, politics, media, ecology and justice and question whether spatial practice can become a form of research.

Why study MA Research Architecture at Goldsmiths

  • You’ll join a group of students and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and disciplines and have the opportunity to work collaboratively and benefit from peer-to-peer learning under the guidance of a tutor.
  • You’ll combine studio work with theoretical research in either the Research Architecture (RA) or Forensic Architecture (FA) studio stream of the MA.
  • Lectures, seminars, and workshops will equip you with grounding in critical spatial practices and related areas of inquiry.
  • The theoretical module provides thorough coverage of the historical, philosophical and technological aspects of the intersection of space, power, and conflict in light of changing geopolitical conditions.
  • There are several workshops on the programme. These day-long participatory events are led by invited guest speakers with specific expertise in the field.
  • In general, Research Architecture students develop their own approach and conceptual frameworks, whereas Forensic Architecture students tend to work more directly with the methods developed by the Agency. If you are interested in investigating a condition then the RA studio might be more appropriate, whereas if you wish to research a specific incident or singular event then the FA studio is a good choice.
  • Decisions as to which studio stream you will follow take place in week 5.
  • For those who choose the Forensic Architecture studio you will be able to work with the Forensic Architecture team through a placement.
  • Graduates of the MA will be well-suited for doctoral research or able to pursue a career in the areas of architecture, design, journalism, law, filmmaking, art and curating to name a few.

Information for international students

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home - full-time: £10350 Home - part-time: £5175
International students
International - full-time: £19520

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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