Taught course

Architecture and Urban Design

Institution
University of Kent · Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

A first or good second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in architecture or another related discipline in humanities, planning or similar. Those without a degree will be considered for entry on an individual basis but must be able to show a considerable period of experience at an appropriate level.

As part of your application, we require a portfolio of recent work. The portfolio is an important part of the application and will be used to assess the potential you have to benefit from, and thrive within, the programme.

Portfolio Advice

There are no strict rules and portfolios can be diverse in style, content and format. We value variety and exploration and therefore we try not to prescribe the format of your portfolio. If you have a diverse educational or professional background, you should include work that would best show the wider scope and development of your career.

Your portfolio should contain your best and most recent work demonstrating your ability in design, spatial awareness and in academic accomplishment. It should include examples of work undertaken as part of a formal programme of study. Typically, we look for you to demonstrate knowledge about urban design and show an interest in cities and city-making and how cities function.

Portfolios should also demonstrate your range of skills in graphic communication and drawing, and therefore include computer drawings and renderings, freehand drawings, technical drawings and three-dimensional modelling. You might include examples from your own design sketchbooks, competition work or speculative projects undertaken outside formal studies.

If you have had a period in professional practice, you could include architectural design drawings or urban design drawings, working drawings or photographs of any built projects. Your portfolio should include your own original work.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA in Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) is a wide-ranging mainstream Master's programme in architecture that gives you an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective on contemporary architecture and urban design. The programme informs you about the latest knowledge of architecture and urban design in order to prepare you to become a successful professionals working on a global scale.

You are taught how to combine academic analysis with the development of creative and intellectual skills. We regard theory and practice of architecture as equally important, and believe that joint effort and excellence in both areas are necessary for communicating architecture and urban design competently and successfully. You are encouraged to develop your creative and imaginative abilities; to produce ideas and undertake work that conveys your understanding of architecture and cities in fresh and effective ways.

You learn how to approach contemporary architecture and cities and their relation to the society, culture and arts including film and theatre. Through the analysis of wider social and environmental aspects and through modeling of cities’ life and its dynamic forces, programme considers the ways in which both the heritage buildings and the new design proposals can facilitate in the sustainable development of cities in the future.

Kent School of Architecture and Planning (KSAP) has developed a unique partnership with Farrells, the internationally renowned architects and urban planners. John Letherland, former Head of Master Planning, currently leads a design module for all students on this programme.

This is a versatile Master’s qualification for architects, urban designers, surveyors, historians, landscape architects, theorists, engineers and other related professionals involved with planning and design of contemporary cities, as well as graduates interested in pursuing further postgraduate studies and an academic career.

This programme is taught at our Canterbury campus. There is also a version of this programme which allows you to spend a term in Paris.

Information for international students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

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.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Kent School of Architecture and Planning
Email
ksapadmissions@kent.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1227 824689