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Course overview

MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) is a two year full-time professional course in architecture.

You will develop a core range of architectural skills and will graduate with the diverse specialist knowledge required in today's architectural practices.

 

Why choose this course?

  • MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) 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
  • 97% overall satisfaction in our Part 2 Architecture Programmes by National Student Survey, 2022
  • Voted a top 3 school for Architecture by Architects Journal, 2020
  • Voted a top 10 school for Architecture by The Guardian University Guide, 2022
  • Field trips are an intrinsic part of this programme, with travel and accommodation available to European cities

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level N/A

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

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. Access to year one of the MArch is subject to completing a minimum of 6 months approved practice-based experience.

IB score N/A

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

How you will be assessed

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

What is it like to study Architecture at UoN?

Hear what final year student, Nana-Yaw, has to say about studying architecture.

Modules

In the autumn you study on campus or take part in an exchange with international partner institutions. If on campus, you will undertake research and ideas-led design project. You will choose from a variety of studios, each with a different theme, methodology and approach.

In the spring you will explore inhabitation through the design of a complex cohousing scheme. You will choose from a variety of studios and study on campus.

This course looks at the world around us with feeling and understanding, and architecture that has a direct emotional impact through construction, material presence and connection to history. Fundamentally we will teach you how to make extremely good buildings.

Explore examples of student work can be seen here.

Architectural Research Studio

This module is a design studio that aims to develop architectural design and critical thinking skills to an advanced level. The studio is project-based, and its activities follow a design process in which analytical investigations and research explorations into a particular theme, site, and research problem are 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 research focus and studio methodology, for example continuity, building systems, material language and urban transformation.

This module is tutorial and workshop based.

Design, Culture and Context

This module aims to develop a theoretical and critical understanding of architecture as an interdisciplinary field of research and practice. It will help to situate research in architectural history, theory, culture and criticism within the context of design studio work in relation to the broader culture in which architectural research and practice take place. The overall aim is the development of research skills that will be valuable both academically and in design practice – including the ability to identify a research problem and the methods required to address it, quickly, clearly and rigorously. This module is lecture, seminar and tutorial based.  

Environment and Technology 1

This module aims to develop practical knowledge, critical understanding and competent ability of sustainable environmental and technological aspects of architectural design. The module is designed to support practical applications in the studio, reinforcing skills in the integrative nature of architectural design. This module is lecture and workshop based. 

Professional Studies 1

The module 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). This will cover construction law, building regulations and planning law, with an emphasis on practical application through the design studio project. The scope also includes information management and modelling, estimating construction project cost, procurement routes, forms of contract, design development, and circular economy and whole life costing.

The programme has been carefully devised to integrate with the accompanying Architectural Design Studio, so that you can take the benefit of testing many of the professional topics that will be studied as your scheme develops. Areas of statutory compliance, project costs, procurement, fee bidding and client team are all to be based on work you are doing in the design studio. This will not only offer you efficiencies in learning but will also ensure you develop a holistic understanding of the development of a project.

This module is lecture and workshop based.

Architectural Design Studio

This design studio aims to develop the student’s core design, critical thinking and application skills through the production of a complex design proposal.

Each student will explore shared housing through a comprehensive design that is integrated across all three spring modules and resolved at a range of scales from wider context to detail. This studio aims to develop skills in housing design, and thereby address one of the pertinent issues today, the housing crisis.

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 concept, which is applied to a complex design.

Students have a choice of studio units, each with a particular focus and methodology. This module is tutorial and workshop based. The coursework is project-based with each student producing a design portfolio.

Environment and Technology 2

Following on from Environment and Technology 1, this module aims to develop your practical knowledge and understanding of the environmental, construction, structural and technological dimensions of sustainable architectural design.

The module is designed to support practical applications in the studio, reinforcing skills in the integrative nature of architectural design and sustainability.

This module is lecture and workshop based.

The above is a sample of the typical modules 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. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 25 October 2022.

In year two, you 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 had the opportunity to gain unique practice based research skills, invaluable to a sector rich in research and innovation, as well as advancing your architectural skills through the production and declaration of a comprehensive and integrative thesis.

You will also 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.

Design 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 above is a sample of the typical modules 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. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9,250
Per year

International students

£27,200*
Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, and the department covers the cost of basic design materials as well as the return travel and accommodation related to compulsory field trips.

We do not require that you purchase your own device, we have found that many students do so. Depending upon your device preference, allow from £600 for the purchase and budget also for software where this is not available through free student licence agreements.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

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.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

A High Fliers Scholarships is offered to all those returning students from the faculty who graduated with a first class undergraduate degree. For more details please see 'High Fliers Scholarship: MArch Architecture - ARB-RIBA Part 2' on our scholarships page.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 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 students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

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.

In recent years, Nottingham students have gone on to work for a range of practices including:

  • Architects' Journal top 100 companies including Foster + Partners, BDP, Weston Williamson, Hawkins Brown, Sheppard Robson, Grimshaw Architects, Wilkinson Eyre, HOK, Make Architects and Gensler
  • Nottingham practices including Franklin Ellis, Benoy, Allan Joyce, Rayner Davies, CPMG and Leonard Design Architects
  • Other regular UK and international recruiters including Paul Davies and Partners, China Architecture and Design Research Group, Studio Map and Tasou Associates

Average starting salary and career progression

87.3% of undergraduates from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £23,150.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

RIBA

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

ARB

This course is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

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Important information

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.