Taught course

Architecture

Institution
London Metropolitan University · Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good honours degree in Architecture, Interior Design or a closely related subject
  • design talent, ability and motivation demonstrated through presentation of a portfolio
  • a personal statement that articulates your academic and professional interests and ambition

Non-UK based students who are unable to attend an interview must submit a portfolio of their architecture and/or design work along with their application form.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

London Met’s Architecture MA is a design and research-based course that will allow you to develop your own creative and intellectual thesis. Drawing on the strengths of The Cass in architecture and design, the course is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2. With its wide range of tutors, studios and interest groups, you’re provided with a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis.

Course overview

Our Architecture MA degree provides you with a practical and theoretical understanding of both architecture and interior design, presenting you with a rare opportunity for high-level study of both these areas.

The course is open to graduates of architecture, interior design and other closely related subjects and is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2.

Drawing upon the established strengths of The Cass in architecture and interior design, you’ll explore their common interest in spatial design and work within an established critical theoretical framework.

The main subject areas you’ll cover are in design, history and theory. Each module contains complementary skills and knowledge for you to master and together they will thoroughly test your ability in this field.

You’ll learn from a wide selection of tutors, studios and interest groups, and there will also be a strong emphasis on your own self-directed study.

The design-based and research-orientated structure of the MA will help you focus on improving your skills and developing excellence in the work you to produce. Likewise, the coursework provides a strong design platform from which you can develop your thesis creatively and intellectually.

Watch the video introduction to the Architecture Research Unit by course leader Professor Philip Christou and lecturer Professor Florian Beigel to learn more about the learning processes that will guide your studies on the Architecture MA.

Course structure

Core modules include:

  • Design Research
  • Design: Concept and Proposition
  • Design Thesis

Option modules include:

  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Architectural Publication and Journalism
  • Changing Places
  • Cinema and the City
  • Concepts of Space
  • Critical Transformations
  • Digital Design Techniques
  • Energy, Comfort and Buildings
  • Forgetting of Air
  • Histories
  • Interpretation
  • Media Voices
  • Poetry and Architecture
  • The Problem of Irony
  • The Question of Technology
  • The Soundscape of Modernity
  • Theories
  • Writing About Architecture

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

Assessment

The design projects are assessed through an end-of-year portfolio presentation, while your history and theory work will be assessed through a written dissertation.

Different assessment methods will be used for option modules, depending on the nature of the module.

Career opportunities

Many graduates of our Architecture MA course go on to either continue or start work within architecture, interior design or fields that are connected to both.

If you want to develop your research further, then you’re encouraged to apply and undertake a PhD at London Met.

Information for international students

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information
International students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)207 133 4203