You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification related to design in the built environment, such as architecture, landscape architecture or town planning. Your degree doesn’t have to be design- based. If you have a lot of professional design experience we’ll consider your application. We’d like to see your portfolio to get an idea of your design abilities. And we may ask you to come to an interview.
Months of entry
About the course
This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups. You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.
Advance your career
Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.
Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.
Learn from experts
You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.
Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.
Explore your ideas
You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.
Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make
a difference to communities.
Taught professional courses
Our courses have similar structures. Course handbooks are available on our website with information on modules and course assessment procedures.
Special Design 1 ‘Live Project’; Design Project 1 and 2; Reflections on Architectural Design; Thesis Design Project; Route A – Research by Design (Theory) Critical Spatial Theory; Route B – Research by Design (Practice) Theory and Research in Design, Environment and Technology in Design.
Examples of optional modules
Reflections on Architectural Education; Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches; Conservation and Regeneration Traditional Materials and Techniques; Conservation and Regeneration Policy and Law; Participation in Urban Design and Architecture; History and Theory of Urban Design; Reflection on Urban Design Practice; Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design; Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis; Renewable Energy; Parametric Architectural Geometry; Critical Application of Building Information Modelling.
Teaching and assessment
Learning is through studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars and workshops, traditional lecture modules, live projects involving real clients and real community projects. You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.
Information for international students
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
- +44 (0)114 222 0306/0309