Taught course


Oxford Brookes University · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

The course is intended for students who have completed their professional role-orientated education and wish to undertake speculative design-based research. Thus it is expected that applicants from the field of architecture will already possess an accredited graduate diploma or postgraduate degree in architecture (UK), a professional master's in architecture (US), or the international equivalent.

Admission to the course will normally be open to applicants who fulfil one of the following requirements:

  • hold a good approved undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in architecture or in a discipline relevant to architecture
  • have an appropriate professional background and experience of designing architecture or designing in a discipline that has a strong relationship or similarities to architecture
  • are students in their final year of the MArchD in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, who have demonstrated their proficiency in written and design work.

The course also welcomes applicants from other design fields such as product design, graphic design and interior design, and would expect such applicants to possess an excellent first degree.

Months of entry


Course content

At the heart of the course is a unique and radical idea about teaching design. Embedded in the curriculum is a process, which enables students to develop their own design methods. The course has a distinct, and clear character. Students acquire unfamiliar basic skills in modules attached to the main design course. These relate to the expanded world of architecture, in particular photography, film-making, and the devising of narratives.

The development of imagination, individuality, and inspiration are key. It needs to be said that underlying this is a preference for complexity, asymmetry, and incompleteness. These are qualities that have a positive correlation with independence, originality, verbal fluency, breadth of interest, impulsiveness, and expansiveness, which stimulate the search for, and production of, new approaches, and reject facile solutions.

This essentially experimental process is based on the development of an experiential understanding of the world. At the heart of this approach to teaching is a whole set of values which redefine the function of architecture in terms of the human relationships that underlie society, how people really live, relate to each other and use the physical context of their environment.

Over the 10 years of this course running, the results have been spectacular and innovative.

Information for international students

English language requirements - at least 6.5 in IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 across all four components of the test.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
6 months

Course contact details

School of Architecture
01865 483810