You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in architecture and/or ARB/RIBA Part 1. Admission will normally be dependent on a successful application and possibly an interview.
A portfolio of work should be submitted with your application, this can be sent to us using online file transfer apps such as dropbox or we-transfer. It should include a table of contents with information regarding the duration of each project and in which academic year/level it was completed and a selection of projects worked on during your year in practice. We also require a concise letter of intent and two references, one of which must be from a former year 3 tutor, the other a reference from your current employer.
Months of entry
The Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) is well integrated with the vibrant architectural community of a culturally diverse city, a powerful regional profession and an extensive and active array of international partners. The Master of Architecture (MArch) programme at MSA is highly respected for the capability of its graduates who succeed in the transglobal setting of research and practice in architecture.
The MArch is a lively student centred environment, where peer-to-peer learning, practice based research and live events projects connect students, expert academics, design professionals and wider communities. Internationally recognised study tour research and access to the exchange programmes, connects the MArch with other leading Schools of Architecture. The extensive MSAplus alumni network, Manchester Society of Architects and Digital Innovation, are examples of a vibrant academic and professional context, where students are supported to develop their own links and approaches to architecture. Students can access sports clubs, societies and activities available at both Manchester Metropolitan and the University of Manchester.
The course is for students who have completed RIBA Part One for example a BA (Hons) Architecture course. The Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is a professionally recognised award (prescribed at Part 2 level by the Architects Registration Board and validated at Part 2 level by the Royal Institute of British Architects) leading towards a career as a professional architect. The MArch course is an opportunity to complete the academic components of architecture education and develop a portfolio suited to employment opportunities in contemporary professional practice at one of the most popular and highly regarded architecture schools in the UK. The award is jointly conferred by Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester and students benefit from access to the physical and intellectual resources of both institutions.
The content, duration and structure of the programme are defined by regulatory requirements in the EU and the particular arrangements for student finance that apply in the UK context of architecture education. Within this framework Full-time, Hybrid and Part-time routes are offered to promote choice that reflects individual ambitions and particular circumstances, to qualify as architects or pursue further postgraduate study.
Information for international students
Please visit the international page.
Fees and funding
For further information please see the fees and funding page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team
- +44 (0)161 247 1751