Taught course

Architecture

Institution
University of Portsmouth · Portsmouth School of Architecture
Qualifications
MArch

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or above with Royal Institute of British Architects part 1 exemption. Students with appropriate qualifications and design skills may be accepted directly. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. Applicants would ideally have some experience working within an Architecture practice. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent with no component less than 6.0.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why take this course?

The Master of Architecture provides a vibrant, challenging and expansive programme aimed at equipping you with the professional and creative skills for a successful career as an architect and leads to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 exemption.

Through the design studios you will be exposed to a range of related architectural interests, including urbanism, landscape, practice, sustainability and culture, providing a cross-disciplinary learning environment that is appropriate in today’s professionally complex architectural world.

What will I experience?

On this course you will undertake studio-based design projects, with opportunities to:

  • engage with current collaborative projects with academic institutions in other countries – in the past these have included Turkey, Spain, Denmark and Australia
  • work on projects with 'live' clients through our RIBA registered Project Office practice
  • opt to study at a choice of European universities through the ERASMUS exchange scheme

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is professionally accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It is structured to ensure the integration and synthesis of contextual, technical and professional complexities inherent within the design process, helping you to engage with the prescribed ARB/RIBA criteria, and attain RIBA Part 2 exemption.

Module Details

The MArch Architecture design curriculum is delivered through studios, each having a distinct research topic relating to the research and practice of the studio tutors. The studio topics and pedagogy provide a framework and guidance for student projects in MArch 1 and support in MArch 2 as you develop your particular thesis questions into design propositions.

Studios topics change annually in response to current issues in practice and society, challenging the architectural profession, and offering variety in scale, content, and context in the UK and abroad.

Please see the University of Portsmouth course page for further module information.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of individual and group tutorials in your selected studio, while year-wide units are lecture-based, complemented by seminars and workshops. Our studio-teaching method will mean that you will be working with tutors with professional and academic experience in their field and all unit programmes are complemented by contributions from external professionals.

Studio programmes will often entail shared sessions with European and, sometimes, other overseas institutions, in countries such as Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, Italy and Spain. Representatives of local public and private bodies and agencies frequently contribute to studio tutorials and crits. All this helps to ensure that your learning and studio research outputs can have regional impact and global reach.

Design assessment is through studio review (crit) as work progresses and portfolio assessment at the end of the academic year. ‘Taught’ units, in support of the design curriculum, are assessed through various forms of illustrated written coursework – both individual and group, such as reports and the Dissertation. Various forms of formative feedback are provided at a number of key points for all units.

Student Destinations

Careers in architecture are demanding ever-increasing specialism and professional competence.

The unique learning experience we offer on this course will enable you to develop as an expansive, creative and professional individual capable of success in a range of creative and professional environments. The breadth of engagement with the discipline and range of studios ensures that you will become confident in responding to the demands of the profession. The regional, national and international destinations of the School’s alumni are testament to this, as are our graduate employment take-up statistics.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £9,250 p/a* Part time: £3,080 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,200 p/a* Part time: £6,600 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

MArch

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)23 9284 5566