MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II)


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:K10I
Qualification:MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
Type and duration:2 year UG Scheme
Qualification name:Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
UCAS code
UCAS code
Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) | MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
2 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
An ARB/RIBA-accredited Part 1 degree at 2:1 standard. Admission will be subject to the submission of a full portfolio, letters of reference and a personal statement.
IB score
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.


This ARB/RIBA Part II focuses on the development of a core range of architectural skills that integrate the diverse specialist skills and knowledge required for modern architectural practice.
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MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) is a two year full-time professional course in architecture that produces graduate architects who are fully equipped for a subsequent career in the architectural profession. This is achieved through the development of a core range of architectural skills that integrate the diverse specialist skills and knowledge required for modern architectural practice.

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) is fully validated by the ARB and the RIBA and leads to exemption from Part Two of the three-part qualification programme for professional architects in the UK.

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form.

Year one

During the first semester of Year 1 students can pursue three different paths. They may remain in architectural practice following the Year Out and take distance-learning modules, they may undertake an international U21 or Erasmus exchange period of study abroad, or they may follow a university-based programme of related humanities, technical, practice and design focused modules. In semester two all modules are core and evolve around a comprehensive design project that is geared towards meeting the curriculum requirements of ARB / RIBA exemption for Part 2. 

Year two

In Year 2 students can select from a range of specialist design research studios. This final year of study emphasises independent research and student-centred learning that support the completion of a major design thesis.

By the end of the course you will have completed two parts of the three-part RIBA qualification programme for professional architects in the UK. You will have developed and demonstrated your advanced architectural skills through the production and declaration of a comprehensive and integrative thesis. They will have built upon specialist design skills and knowledge, architectural writing skills developed through the production of essays, brief writing and a design dissertation. Along the way you will have acquired various transferable skills including a range of communication skills, team- working, self-direction and time management.

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part II) graduates will typically enter employment within the architecture practice and register on an ARB/RIBA Part 3 programme to complete their architectural education and gain entry to the profession.


Entry requirements

BArch, MEng in Architecture and Environmental Design or other equivalent ARB/RIBA accredited Part One degree; Nottingham graduates must have achieved a minimum 2:2 standard in their first degree and students from other universities, a 2:1 standard.

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

English language requirements 

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Cambridge certificate of proficiency grade B

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications

For details please see alternative qualifications page



Typical year one modules

Architectural Urbanism Studio
This module is a design studio that aims to develop architectural design and critical thinking skills to an advanced level. Its activities follow a design process, in which analytical investigations and research explorations into a particular theme, site and research problem are duly applied to inform the development of architectural proposals.

Students have a choice of studio units, each of which embodies a distinct approach derived from their specific thematic focus and research specialism, such as Urban Building, Tectonics + Fabrication or Humanities.

Design, Culture and Context
This lecture and seminar module aims to support the development of architectural thinking to an advanced level through a critical examination of architectural culture. It introduces key critical thinkers such as Bourdieu, Freire, Foucault, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger, and historians from the high modernists such as Pevsner and Giedion, through Banham to Jencks. It discusses architecture in relation to its institutions like the magazine and the competition, as well as architectural education, and you will critically reflect on your own position within architectural culture.
Theory and Research in Architecture
The module gives you an opportunity to develop original research within a specialist area. It aims to develop your capacities for reasoning and critical analysis about the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social qualities of architecture within the scope and scale of a wider environment. It gives guidance on how to develop a reasoned argument that contributes to the discourse of architecture in its cultural context.
Environment and Technology
This lecture-based module - supported by weekly workshops - aims to develop practical knowledge, understanding and ability of the environmental, construction, structural and technological dimensions of architectural design. The module is designed to support practical applications in the studio, reinforcing skills in the integrative nature of architectural design. The assessment for this module is based on the evaluation of environmental, construction, structural and technological worksheets - to be developed as ‘in class exercises’ at weekly workshops - and on a final technical report linking the contents analysed in the lecture and practiced in the workshops with the design studio project developed in the context of the co-requisite module 'Architectural Urbanism Studio'.
Professional Studies
The module gives an overview of architectural practice and management and construction law. In detail this will cover professionalism, CPD, business management, finance, communication, building procurement routes and contractual arrangements, the RIBA work stages, risk management and the building team. The legal framework, sources of law, the legal system, arbitration and dispute resolution routes will be explored, along with contract formation, construction risks, tort and negligence generally, and professional negligence. In particular, reference will be made to CDM legislation and universal access legislation.
Architectural Design Studio
This design studio aims to develop your core design, critical thinking and application skills as prescribed by the ARB/RIBA for Part II students. Its end result is the production of a Comprehensive Design Project.

The studio’s main project is structured by a rigorous design process that leads progressively from analytical investigations into site, programme and context, through to synthesis of a summary concept, which is ultimately applied towards resolving a complex building programme. With an emphasis on an integrative design approach, you are encouraged to test emerging proposals during each work stage, and to draw on specialist technical and environmental design input from core sources and from co-requisite module . In this endeavour, teaching support is provided to augment relevant knowledge and skills that will enable you to develop and to represent your architectural proposals.


Typical year two modules

Diploma thesis Studio

This year-long studio design module aims to develop architectural skills to an advanced level. Within the module there is the opportunity to select from a range of different design research studios that are introduced at the beginning of the year. Each design research studio will have its own structure and theme and will develop particular knowledge and skills in addition to the general module aims and learning outcomes. The module also allows you to identify a topic of interest related to architecture and to formulate a thesis that will be developed into a design research thesis. You will be expected to plan a programme of independent study and to undertake relevant research into their chosen topic.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



On completing the course, you will have had the opportunity to extend your practical experience and to have developed specialist design knowledge and skills. You will have developed and demonstrated your advanced architectural skills through the production and declaration of a design thesis or demonstrated advanced research and writing through the production of a written thesis. You will have acquired transferable skills including a range of communication skills, team working, self-direction and time management.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for Part Two professional accreditation.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 94% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,160 with the highest being £31,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  


Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

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Time in lectures, seminars and similar

Although this figure may appear low, you will undertake a module during your studies which involves over 90% of independent learning. This module is usually a dissertation, thesis or research project and will provide the opportunity to gain research and analytical skills as well as the ability to work independently. You will have a higher percentage of contact hours for other modules. 

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