Taught course

Master of Architecture (MArch)

University of Reading · School of Architecture

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a 2:2 or higher on a Part 1 ARB validated (prescribed) award.

If you hold a qualification obtained outside the EU, or a non-recognised UK qualification, you will need to pass ARB’s own Prescribed Examination at the relevant level to be eligible for this programme. Information about the procedures and eligibility criteria for ARB examination at Part 1 are available on the ARB website.

You must also submit a sample portfolio (max. 10MB) as part of your application, showing evidence of your creative ability, problem-solving skills, architectural knowledge and potential for postgraduate study. If you are invited to interview you will be able to present a full portfolio.

The application process

The number of places are limited and early application is recommended. As part of the application process for acceptance onto the Master of Architecture course, you must submit a sample portfolio (maximum 10MB in file size) when you submit your online application. Your invitation to interview will be based on the sample portfolio you provide.

Apply now using our online application service.

For further information on the application process, visit our how to apply page.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Join a new generation of architects with our Master of Architecture (MArch) course.

Continue your architectural studies on this postgraduate programme, the second stage in becoming a qualified architect in the UK.

We aim to equip you with the skills of a twenty-first century architect: one who utilises space through quality design, innovates responsibly within a world of finite resources, and shapes environments to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

At the Reading School of Architecture, we study architecture in a UK professional context, but with a global outlook. You will examine architecture's role within a rapidly urbanising world — and through a cultural, social and environmental lens — where new approaches are needed.

Through research themes, project sites, case studies and practices from around the world, we aim to support your development as a rounded, creative, progressive architect with international relevance.

Our School sits within the renowned School of the Built Environment, which has strong industry links. 100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning) and 100% of our research impact has been classed 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning).

Industry-relevant learning

We have worked closely with industry partners to ensure our curriculum is responsive to the ever-changing forms and expectations of architectural education and the profession. Our professional course is also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); this is formal recognition from RIBA that our course achieves the standards needed to prepare students for the professional practice of architecture.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has prescribed our Master of Architecture as a Part 2 course under the Architects Act 1997 until December 2028. Our professional course is also validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); this is formal recognition from RIBA that our course achieves the standards needed to prepare students for the professional practice of architecture.

Our curriculum draws on expertise from architecture, urban planning, social sciences, art and other related disciplines to facilitate the multi-faceted nature of design.

Unpack topics such as regenerative design, social value, community empowerment and collaborative practice, expanding your knowledge and developing your passion for design and architectural world.

Your studies will be focused on four core strands of architectural practice:

  • architectural design
  • research methods
  • architectural technologies
  • professional skills.

This framework will extend your ability to research, think creatively and critically, analyse, self-appraise and work collaboratively in a team.

You will learn through a combination of taught modules, lectures, seminars and workshops, and further your professional and creative skills in a series of vertical design studios conceived as research units and run across the two years. These design research units, which are a unique facet of the course, will involve partnerships with two internationally renowned practices – Invisible Studio and Haworth Tompkins. As part of the design research unit, you will be supported to develop and apply creative, research, technical and professional skills and knowledge – transferable across architectural practice and a range of other industries.

You will also benefit from guest lectures led by internationally renowned architects and construction specialists. This offers a great insight into the industry and a chance to build your professional network.

Information for international students

IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £9,250 per year

New international students: £26,950 per year

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Part 2 Master of Architecture course

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team