Taught course

Master of Architecture MArch

University of Reading · School of Architecture

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Entry requirements

Students must achieve a 2:2 or higher on a Part 1 ARB/RIBA validated award to be considered for the course.

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 if you wish to progress towards becoming registered as an architect in the UK.
You will normally be invited to interview and asked to present a portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

This two-year masters-level course aims 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, you will study architecture in a UK professional context, but with a global outlook.

The School sits within the university's renowned School of the Built Environment, which has strong industry links and is ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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

Building on your architecture degree studies (Part 1), you will:

  • focus on design as a research practice to critically engage with places and communities
  • engage with diverse modes of architectural production, communication and practice
  • learn how to respond to societal, environmental and technological challenges.

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 network of contacts.

Placements and Study Abroad

Our MArch offers the opportunity to undertake a credit-bearing period of practical training. You will be required to find and secure a placement, with the support of the University and in agreement with the research unit leader.

As part of the practical training, you may also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, engaging with various teaching and learning styles of studio architecture. If you wish to study abroad, the placement will be arranged via the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,250 per year
International students
£19,815 per year


Students enrolling on our MArch in 2020, who hold a first-class honours degree, have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth £1,000 for each of the two years of the course. This scholarship is subject to conditions, including successful progression between each academic year.

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

Admissions Office
0118 378 5289