Taught course

Architecture and Urbanism

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Architecture

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate honours degree in a related field. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.

Months of entry


Course content

The future is urban, but what form will urban space take? MA Architecture and Urbanism explores these possible futures, and places advanced design practice and theory within the wider cultural, social and technological questions facing humanity. It conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Special Features
  • This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This course can be approved as prior learning for the MSA RIBA Part 2 accredited BArch in certain circumstances.
  • This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications.
Course Elements

Over 50% of the World’s six billion people now live in cities. By 2050 this will have passed 80%; the future is urban.
Taking an international perspective, this programme explores innovative approaches to design and intervention in the city, investigating relationships between built form, space, culture, developmental processes and sustainability, within an interdisciplinary, project based dialogue.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 (96 weeks over 2-5 years) months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment34
Creative work66

Course contact details

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