Taught course

Master of Architecture

University of Kent · Kent School of Architecture

Entry requirements

To be eligible to study on our MArch programme, you need to have successfully completed a first degree programme in architecture (ideally 2.1 or above), followed by a minimum period of six months recorded office-based work experience (a minimum of three months in any one office), in the UK or abroad. Those without a UK Part 1 first degree will not gain Part 2 on completion of the MArch unless they individually take Part 1 prior to completing the MArch course. You will need to apply direct to the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) to take the Part 1 as an external candidate. This would involve paying a fee and attending an interview with ARB in London. Procedures are explained on the ARB website. See http://www.arb.org.uk/qualifications/default.php

Months of entry


Course content

Architects and the designers of our surroundings are the driving force behind the design and development of our built environment. Whether they are designing new buildings, giving a new lease of life to existing ones, developing urban spaces, landscapes or contemporary interiors, architects have a profound influence on all our lives.

Kent’s Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is a two-year (known as Stage 4 and Stage 5) full-time undergraduate professional programme focused on architectural design. It forms the second part of the UK’s traditional five-year continuum of professional undergraduate education in architecture leading, for graduates with the required exemptions from professional examinations, toward registration in the UK as an ‘Architect’.

Kent’s MArch architecture programme is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the award is prescribed by the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) as giving exemption from Part 2 of their professional examinations. The MArch well-positions its graduates to continue after the degree to a Part 3 programme in architecture and professional practice.

Graduates from the MArch are able to take the ARB/RIBA Part 3 examination after amassing a minimum of 24 months recorded office-based work experience, 12 months of which must be in the UK.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

For the purposes of higher education and professional qualification, Part 1 and Part 2 architecture programmes are funded for UK students as a five-year continuum, leading to the conclusion of Part 2. Local authority contributions are likely to be at an undergraduate, funding level for the Part 2 MArch programme.

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Kent School of Architecture (subject enquiries)
+ 44 (0)1227 824205