Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

MArch - UCA Canterbury - 2019, 2020

Our MArch course emphasises design as a research practice. It understands the architect as someone whose cross-disciplinary role enables them to draw upon knowledge from various related disciplines, to develop effective strategies and models for sustainable practice. This may be within the context of the production of buildings, the spaces between them or the urban contexts in which they occur. 

On this course you'll be able to consolidate your architectural experiences, both in education and in practice, whilst simultaneously questioning your preconceptions of the discipline. 

By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to adopt a critical position within the profession and wider society. You'll also be able to initiate and deliver projects which are grounded in design-based research, and continue a process of learning through practice based experimentation and enquiry.

The course carries full and unconditional prescription from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as satisfying the Part 2 criteria. 

Length of study:

Two years full-time


UCA Canterbury

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

Honours degree in Architecture, normally 2.1 or above, and one year in an architectural practice

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Course details

  • Year 1

    In year one, you'll undertake a number of tutor-led studio design projects. Lecture and seminar series are interwoven with studio design projects and inform their content. 

    Design Research 01
    Enables you to embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. You're required to demonstrate your ability to devise ambitious architectural strategies, structural and sustainable objectives and approaches and coherent responses to site within the project as a whole.

    Design Research 02
    Enable you to extend and amplify the architectural design research initiated in Semester 01 leading to a rigorous proposal or proposals for a complex architectural design.

    Design Technology
    Involves the origination and implementation of a programme of individual research into technologies and experimentation. This will be devised by you and it usually emerges from the research themes and issues in your design research project. A series of programmed interdisciplinary workshops introduce key skills and concepts, interspersed throughout the course of the unit, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.

    Dissertation (option1)
    This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will present a written dissertation (8000 – 10,000 words) in which you will be expected to develop and articulate a sustained argument in an extended piece of writing that demonstrates a high level of understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.

    Dissertation (option 2)
    This unit consists of a period of self-directed research on a subject that is related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will complete a research project, presented using alternate media (film, installation, software etc.) and an exegesis (2000-3500 words).

  • Year 2

    In year two, you'll develop your own research agendas, drawing heavily upon the issues and methodologies introduced in year one. 

    Thesis 01
    You'll develop and present your design thesis project. The format of presentation may include the production of diverse media, for example models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.

    Thesis 02
    This second phase of the Thesis involves the development and presentation of the Thesis Project. The format of presentation is agreed with individual Thesis Tutors and may include the production of models, drawings, installation, video, photography and text.

    Future Practice
    Designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. These characteristics are reinforced through lectures, workshops and tutorials. The unit covers a range of topics such as business (including marketing and advertising), economics, law and legal, management, media, systems and operation, professional practices and a series of talks related around the RIBA stages: pre-agreement, ideas-design, pre-construction, construction and completion.

    You'll produce a technologically–driven realisation which arises out of an issue identified in their design Thesis. You are required to apply your understanding of technical knowledge to the resolution of building design problems or to the development of novel approaches to design issues through rigorous, well–documented experimentation.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £9,250
    • UK and EU students part-time - £770 per 10 unit credit
    • International students full-time - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.


Dedicated postgraduate open plan studio spaces, used for group tutorials and personal working. 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics. Fully-equipped computer studio with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest software for design and animation. Laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality lab on campus.

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When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A good Honours degree in Architecture (normally 2.1 or above) with Part 1* of the professional qualification recognised by the ARB and RIBA


  • Normally one year in an architectural practice following the Part 1 qualification.

*The process for confirming Part 1 equivalence of overseas qualifications is undertaken by the ARB, the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK, and also the UK's Competent Authority for Architects. Read our  about this or visit the ARB website.


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