Postgraduate study
This course focuses on specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies.
MArch Architecture Design
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Architectural design work portfolio must be submitted
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£17,910 - Terms apply
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The 12-month MArch Architecture Design course focuses on the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies.

This course was originally established to respond to the increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the growing demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence. It offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist area.

Key facts

  • as part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment will develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world
  • the department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions
  • this interdisciplinary programme shares modules with other postgraduate courses within the department

Architecture and Built Environment taught courses


Full course details

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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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.



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Typical modules include:

  • Masters Design Project* (20 credits)

  • A** (20 credits)

  • Masters Design Project 2* (30 credits)

  • B** (20 credits)

  • Research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods (20 credits)

  • Elective (one of the following): K14SUD Sustainable Urban Design; K14FCT Design Fabrication; K13UDT Urban Design Theory and Practice; K14HRI High Rise Issues; K13AED Advanced Environmental Design (10 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

* Students will be able to choose from the 4 or 5 studio units offered to the MArch students.

** Students will select the 20-credit lecture/seminar module that is a co-requisite of their studio unit selection (see *).

Autumn (A): K14IUD Urban Design Theory and Practice; K14AED Advanced Environmental Design; K14HRI High Rise Issues; K14DDF Design Build Theory and Practicum; K14BWP Building With The Past.

Spring (B): K14DTM Design Technology and Materials; K14PAC Places Cities and Cultures; K14CSP Case Study Project; K14RTA Rethinking Architecture.


The dissertation is an an independent research project of 60 credits undertaken over the summer. It is an in-depth study of an individually determined architectural theme.

Previous projects have included:

  • recent historical building regeneration
  • museum and exhibition integrated design
  • advanced sustainable tall building design in Singapore, London and Tianjin
  • dynamic facades in tall building design
  • planning impacts of tall building clusters
  • social spaces within high rise buildings
  • sustainable school design in extreme climate
  • autonomous living: A good route to zero carbon architecture
  • the relationship between minimalism and Eastern philosophy
  • the impact of urban regeneration projects in historical areas
  • catalyst strategy research based on revitalizing historical urban design
  • role of pedestrianisation in creating people-friendly cities
  • evolution from garden city to eco-town

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

UK/EU students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

The Department of Architecture and Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.

The MArch Design provides the foundation for advanced career opportunities in architectural practice and academia. Students are encouraged to consider continuing to study for a higher degree by research - MPhil or PhD.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research

The acquisition of a master's degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Boost your earning potential

Which university courses boost graduate wages the most? Studying with us could help you to earn more.

  • We are second highest in the UK for female engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation
  • We are second highest in the Midlands for male engineering graduate earnings, five years after graduation

(Source: Institute for Fiscal Studies data:



This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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