Taught course

MArch Architecture and Urbanism

University of Hertfordshire · School of Creative Arts
MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a minimum of a Upper Second-class Bachelor's degree in Architecture or related discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification in Architecture or related discipline of an equivalent standard.
  • related disciplines include degrees in spatial design practices, history and theory, social and cultural studies, geography, human centre-design and building, construction and engineering.
  • a BA(Hons) in Architecture or equivalent, ARB prescribed Part I, however this is not a compulsory access requirement.

Selection is based on a portfolio interview. Applicants may be required to provide further information of previous studies or design experience.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis and are particularly welcomed from a variety of backgrounds with previous work experience in design.

Entrance is not usually permitted directly at Year 2. Exceptions will be considered on case-by-case scenario, evaluating previous qualifications and relevant work experience.

Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Academic attainment
  • Satisfactory academic reference
  • Personal statement or letter of application
  • Alternative or additional experience within architecture and design or appropriate subject areas.

In addition to fulfilling the general entry requirements of the University, applicants will normally be expected to attend an interview and provide evidence of previous architecture related design study through a portfolio, which demonstrates a range of art and design experience such as:

  • 2D work such as drawing, painting, technical drawing, design, media experimentation, and photography
  • 3D work evidenced by photography, models and prototypes
  • Software: Rhino, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
  • an awareness of the cultural, historical and professional contexts of architecture and the role of the architect in society and the design process.

All students are required to demonstrate suitable levels of English Language competence. This can be demonstrated through previous study in English though we often require specific performance by way of English assessments. All applicants must be able to prove a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Choosing a postgraduate degree in Architectire at Herts provides students with:

  • Professional Accreditation: This programme has prescribed qualification by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part II, for the purpose of Architects registration in the UK.
  • Expert Teaching: Our academic staff have won national and international teaching and design awards and bring extensive global experience to enhance your learning.
  • Fantastic Facilities: Students have access to our Architecture Studio, Digital and 3D Workshop and Computer Labs for 3D printing, rapid prototyping, laser cutters, CNC machines, and Apple Suite
  • Workplace Mentorship: Mentoring in the workplace is an established partnership between the students at the University of Hertfordshire and selected RIBA Charted Architectural Practices. For students, this is an opportunity to spend an extended time away from the studio and enter the workplace to gain experience and insight into the profession, site visits, build your CV and access practical advice.

  • Strong Industry Connections: Benefit from our excellent links with a range of architectural practice including Zaha Hadid, Foster+Partners, DAAB Design, BDP, Simon Knights Architects, Louis de Soissons, HolmesMiller, Labit, Seth White Architects, Pinchin Architects for talks, networking and work placement opportunities.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

If you’re studying a postgraduate degree e.g. a MSc, MA or LLM you may be eligible for a postgraduate master’s loan up to £11,836.

Those studying pre-registration postgraduate healthcare courses and PGCE or unsalaried schools direct can apply for the undergraduate funding package. Graduate-entry medical students can also get support from Student Finance England for fees charged over £3,465.

Postgraduate loans are paid directly to the student, so you decide how to spend the money, whether that be to pay for some or all your tuition or to go towards living costs.

Find out if you’re eligible for a postgraduate master’s loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Ian Owen
01707 284 000