Taught course


Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed a first degree (minimum award 2:2) in Architecture. Students with first degrees without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption should be aware that the MArch awards exemption from RIBA / ARB Part 2 only. If you wish to register as an Architect in this country or become an RIBA Chartered architect you will have to acquire RIBA / ARB Part 1 separately. Assessment of suitability to the course may also be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and an interview. We are committed to the University's policy on equal opportunities and welcome applications from minority and disadvantaged groups. We welcome overseas applicants and normally require overseas applicants to show evidence of academic achievement equivalent to UK entry qualifications. Overseas applicants whose first language is not English are required to have attained a recognised English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (minimun of 5.5 in each component).

Months of entry


Course content

The Liverpool School of Art and Design, supported by experts in this academic field, offers you a development opportunity to creatively engage in a truly interdisciplinary and project-orientated architectural study.

  • Course offered full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
  • A long standing and nationally respected programme that has been fully validated and externally accredited for over 40 years
  • Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter on Mount Pleasant
  • Internationally excellent research informs the curriculum and underpins teaching
  • Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation

Architecture offers a uniquely holistic programme of education, spanning various fields of study from the worlds of art and the humanities, science and technology, management, practice and law.

The MArch focuses on sustained scholarly activity, underpinned by the research interests of staff engaged in Urbanism and identifying the value of design thinking and practice in new urban contexts. It addresses questions around engagement with dwelling, health and well-being and public space, in a range of contexts driven by potential strategies for designing our way into a sustainable future.

The first year of the programme introduces contemporary urban design theories and international best practice. Locating project work in Merseyside or abroad, you are encouraged to engage with cultural organisations, regional stakeholders and statutory authorities to produce creative, socio-economically engaged architectural proposals.

You then follow strands of enquiry around dwelling in the city and undertake a yearlong Specialist Study as the basis for your research proposal.

The final year of the MArch offers opportunities for more in-depth explorations, emanating from group urban studies. Ambitions for comprehensive building design projects develop from an analysis of and intuitive response to place.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquries
0151 231 5090