MArch Architecture with Collaborative Practice Research (ARB/RIBA Part 2) is a two year professional course in architecture that not only produces graduate architects with the wide range of skills that the Department is renowned for, but also unique practice based research and innovation skills not generally offered under the accredited qualification route.
- Gain a valuable second year out in practice without lengthening your route to qualification.
- Take advantage of an opportunity to gain real life research and innovation skills at a leading practice as part of your studies.
- Reduce the cost of your Part 2 education by up to £15,000. A £3,000 fee reduction is offered in Year 5, with the opportunity for students to further reduce fees by being sponsored by their practice.
- Complete a comprehensive teaching programme delivered close to your host practice, so you don’t have to travel back to Nottingham each week if you work elsewhere.
- This programme received its validation by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in June 2018, and was successfully accredited by the ARB (the Architects Registration Board) in July 2018.
The course offers a rich blend of taught specialisms in research, technology, professionalism and humanities, alongside a broad range of studio topics led by specialist staff within the Department.
The University believe in offering the highest levels of student support and guidance, and although practice based, includes an extensive programme of taught delivery, lectures and workshops in close proximity to your place of work. We are therefore offering the programme to students in host practices in Greater London, and those in the Midlands region, where such teaching can be offered.
The course will run alongside, and share much of the taught framework with our existing MArch Architecture programme, with all students merging together for the year six thesis programme back on campus.
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Architectural Research Study
The research study is at the heart of the new course and offers a unique opportunity for Part 2 students to take an active role in developing practice research, with the space for practice to explore research topics that may be inaccessible in a commercial operating environment.
The topic of the study is to be defined by student and practice. Importantly there are to be no defined limits on topic, with the only criteria being that the University is comfortable that the research study is deliverable within the given timeframe.
You will be offered teaching in a range of architectural research methods, before being guided through the preparation of their research study by the University teaching and research team. Although the research study will be led by practice, all academic guidance and tutoring will be given by the University, augmented where relevant and agreed by University Research staff.
The aspiration of the module is that wider peer review dialogue will be formed with other likeminded and interested practice partners, and that the outputs from the reports will be publishable to a wider audience.
Building Case Study
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the nature and context of architectural practice, particularly focusing on how environmental principles, strategies, and technologies inform the design and development of buildings.
During your extended period in practice,you will become more aware of the range of skills and knowledge that inform the design and construction of buildings, and of the different professions such as acousticians, lighting specialists and environmental designers that contribute to this process.
This module requires you to apply this knowledge in the critical appraisal of a building case study of their choice that draws upon the experience gained from practical experience, and the knowledge obtained from distance-based learning via the Moodle platform.
The analysis of a building either currently being developed by practice, or via post occupancy evaluation of a practice scheme is encouraged by the University.
The study will develop from an integrative and holistic perspective and explore professional knowledge centred on how environmental design and technologies have informed the design outcomes of the selected building.
Culture and Context in Practice
This seminar module aims to support the development of architectural thinking to an advanced level through a critical examination of architectural culture. It offers the opportunity to support the Architectural Research Study by contextualising the chosen area of research being undertaken in the co-requisite module, Architectural Research Study in the broader theoretical and culture context of architecture.The alternative to this is to develop a separate piece of theoretical work in line with the on campus version of this module, Design, Culture and Context.The work will be developed in liaison with the practice mentor and the module convenor, and allows you to develop a literature review and/or propose a relevant research method for further research exploration and will be supported by a series of humanities / theory lectures delivered on MOODLE.
Reflective Practice Portfolio
This module is focussed on your continuation Part 1 work experience in architectural practice.This formative period of collaboration between education and practice is an important period for acquiring professional attitudes, working in a live studio setting, and developing the ability to make decisions based on knowledge and applied skills.
This module focuses on reflective evaluation of these years in practice, including both the professional and design skills development of the student, and a reflection of the impact of the research study on the host practice.The reflective evaluation of practice is based around the recording of practical training, presentation of a developmental portfolio of studio work undertaken in practice and reflection upon the learning experience.
During your time in practice, you will be expected to record your practical experience, and evaluate and monitor your performance.At the end of the period in practice, you will submit PEDR records for assessment, along with a reflective statement about the overall practice experience and a portfolio of design work demonstrating your progression during this period.
Live 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 via a live design project founded on practice / client interests. It is structured to link with co-requisite modules, Professsional Studies in Practice and Applied Architectural Technology covering professional studies and environment and technology modules, to deliver a holistic design development experience encompassing multiple facets of the profession.The output of these modules collectively is a Comprehensive Design Project supported by professional and technical reports.
You will have the opportunity to identify a site, brief and typology emerging from your research study, by which they can further explore their research conclusions through an architectural solution. The aim is to continue live practice investigative work, drawing learning from continued practice and client engagement as the design develops.
To meet the required level of rigour and complexity, the proposal must meet core brief objectives in terms of project scale, complexity of programme and urbanity of place. If criteria are unable to be met the brief will revert to the MArch Comprehensive Design Project (K14ADS) brief in order ensure that Learning Outcomes are met. The studio will be structured around a design process that leads progressively from analytical investigations into site, programme and context, through 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 and professional studies workshops and tutorials input from co-requisite modules, Professsional Studies in Practice and Applied Architectural Technology.Teaching support is provided to augment the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable you to develop and represent their architectural proposals.
Professional Studies in Practice
The course will give an overview of architectural practice, with particular emphasis on legal frameworks, forms of contract, and structure of architect’s services (RIBA Work Stages) with an emphasis on more complex client relationships, project partnering, joint venture working.
Lectures and workshops will cover construction law, building regulations and planning law. All delivered content will be streamed to co-ordinate with the practical application of the co-requisite live design studio project. It will also cover professionalism, business management, project financing, risk management and the building team. he scope also includes the financial implications of construction costs as related to decisions about procurement routes, contract and design decisions, CDM Legislation and the implications of the Equalities Act.
The activities of this module will generally be programmed to complement the development of the associated live design studio project, Live Design Studio and Reflective Practice portfolio, to allow you to apply the theoretical concepts to their design project work and analysis of the professional practice environment.
Applied Architectural Technology
Following on from Environment and Technology 1, this lecture-based module aims to develop your practical knowledge and understanding 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.
Formal teaching will be complemented by regular workshops sessions on specialist areas of expertise such as façade engineering, parametric design and fabric architecture to support developing studio design work.
The focus of the module submission is designed to seamlessly integrate with the associated Live Design Studio by requiring the development of a environment and technological study of the chosen studio project.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer at the date of publication 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. This prospectus may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
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.
This course is recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) for Part Two professional accreditation.
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- 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: www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44413086)
Average starting salary and career progression
94% of undergraduates from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2019, High Fliers Research).
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.
£3,000 tuition fee reduction
All students on this course will receive a £3,000 tuition fee reduction for the year in practice (year 5).
High Fliers Scholarship
In recognition of academic excellence, all students from the faculty who graduate with a first class undergraduate degree will be eligible for a £500 fee reduction if accepted on to MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) for 2019 entry.
- Applies to students who achieve a first class undergraduate degree from The University of Nottingham
- Available to students who begin their studies from 2019
- Available to graduates from the UK, China and Malaysia campuses
- Only available for students coming to study in the UK
For enquiries please contact: +44 (0)115 951 5559 or EZ-International@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.
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.
Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.