This course centres around the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced architectural design techniques.
Through a range of specialist lectures, seminars and design studio modules you will explore current and future issues facing urban designers, architects and technologists, and develop the skills, knowledge and awareness required in the fast-moving world of contemporary architectural research and practice.
The MArch Design is offered on a full-time basis over one year. It does not convey professional accreditation in the UK.
In the autumn and spring semesters, you will complete 120 credits worth of modules. This will include a major research-led design 'package' in one of the specialist areas offered in each semester, consisting of a studio project and seminar series, as well as an additional lecture/seminar module.
Over the summer semester you will complete a 60-credit written dissertation.
During this course, you will spend some time on studio-based exploration and innovation across a broad range of options, working alongside architects, urban designers and technologists in the design studios, seminars and lectures.
A 2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in architecture or a similar subject. This must include modules in architectural design amounting to 25%-50% of total credits.
Applicants to all MArch programmes in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham are required to submit a portfolio of their design work with their application. The portfolio enables us to see that you have some of the core skills required to be successful on an MArch course and to see the range of skills and types of projects that you have completed in your undergraduate degree.
The portfolio should be submitted with your admissions application and be in PDF format and less than 10Mb (please submit this directly onto the MyNottingham admissions system).
The portfolio should have:
- a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images
- a letter confirming that this is your own work. The letter should come from a tutor or course teacher who has been responsible for you and should be on institution headed paper
- a front cover of the portfolio which shows your full name
The portfolio should contain:
- examples of a few design projects that you have completed as part of your taught university education. Try to show different presentation techniques that represent your design skills (such as plans, sections, perspectives, physical and computer models, etc). The images can be any from architectural, urban, planning or landscape projects that you have completed in your studies
- you may also include a few sketches, paintings, photographs, still life or life drawings to show your skills (maximum 2 pages)
- as well as the above, it is also acceptable to include an example of a project that you have completed as part of work experience or a professional placement (maximum 2 pages)
Portfolios will be judged on whether you have the visual skills required together with a keen sense of judgement and spatial awareness in your work.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may want to attend a course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Find out more by visiting the CELE website.