Taught course

Architecture MA

Royal College of Art · School of Architecture

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Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a high-quality first degree in architecture (RIBA Part I) or an international equivalent degree or higher, and should have at least one year’s work experience in a design office.

Applications for the September 2022 intake are now open. Visit the RCA website for details on entry requirements, the application process and key admissions dates.

Months of entry


Course content

RIBA part II and Architects Registration Board (ARB) validated. Choose the World's number one ranked art and design university for seven consecutive years* and expand the possibilities of your practice by developing a speculative, independent and critical ethos.

About the Programme

The Architecture MA conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. The programme expands the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging an independent and critical ethos among its students. Fostering a culture of independent postgraduate research and experimentation in design, underpinned by a strong connection to practice and the material reality of the discipline, is central to the pedagogy. Teaching aims to harness and extend your knowledge, skills and creativity, preparing you to engage critically with the world of practice.


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) part II and Architects Registration Board (ARB) validated since 1983.

Architectural Design Studios

The core of learning on the MA Architecture programme is project-based and structured around Architectural Design Studios (ADS), with each offering you a unique set of concerns, methods and critical frameworks. Each ADS has approximately 14 students, with first- and second-year students working alongside each other.

Practice mentors

Each Architecture student is assigned a practice mentor for a part of their studies. This enables students to map shared research themes as well as developing a greater understanding of the diverse range of industry activity.

The mentoring scheme offers students another voice on their student work but can also offer guidance on professional development and industry engagement. This initiative recognises the value of the collaborative networks that drive our students and continues the tradition of linking architectural education with industry.

Online Open Day

To find out more about this programme, watch the replay of our Online Open Day from 10 November, 2021.

*QS World University Subject Rankings (2015-2021).

Fees and funding

Visit the RCA website to find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities. Most RCA scholarships require you to submit your MA application in round 1.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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