Taught course

Applied Design in Architecture

Oxford Brookes University · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme will normally be open to applicants who fulfil either of the following requirements: Hold a good approved undergraduate honours degree, 1st or 2.1, in Architecture or discipline relevant to Architecture. Possess an appropriate professional background and experience of designing architecture, or designing in a discipline that has a strong relationship or similarities to architecture.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is grounded on the belief that architects should be thinking well beyond the constraints of market forces and the traditional disciplinary limits of the profession, towards forms, technology and spaces for a more sustainable future. This is a student-led programme, and you can have very different experiences within it depending on the choices of studios and courses you make.

Year 1
Research into design

This year has a very strong emphasis on acquiring in-depth knowledge of an architecturally important field of study and utilising that knowledge in design. This is achieved by taking one of the six 'design specialisations'.

You choose which design specialisation is best for you. The specialisations on offer are deliberately highly diverse to cater for the changing nature of the profession in practice.

The design specialisations are:

- Advanced Architectural Design;
- International Architectural Regeneration and Development;
- Development and Emergency Practice;
- Sustainable Building: Performance and Design;
- Research-led Design;
- Urban Design.

The additional modules include:

Research Philosophy for Design;
The Management, Practice and Law;

Year 2
Design and technology

This year is structured to enable you to synthesise a broad range of complex cultural, aesthetic, research and technical factors, and design-specialisation learning, into your major design project and portfolio.

The additional modules include:

Advanced Technology for Design;
Management, Practice and Law.

Throughout the two years of the programme there will be interim reviews. This offers an opportunity to receive feedback from outside of your design studio or design specialisation. We have strong links with practice and architectural institutions and can attract the most able people to sit on our reviews.

This is a programme that aims to give you the skills for international practice.

As our courses are reviewed regularly, modules may vary from those listed here.

Information for international students

For student who do not have English as their first language, at least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483230