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Chris Johnson, Master of Achitecture, UCA Canterbury

Master of Architecture MArch

Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) MArch

Course overview

UCA's two-year Master of Architecture (MArch) course will challenge you to design the spaces and buildings of the future and to consider their societal and environmental impacts.

Reflecting the profession’s evolving role, its responsibilities within wider society, and the need for more sustainable professional practice, this course will challenge you to consolidate your architectural experiences, both in education and in practice, while simultaneously questioning your preconceptions of the discipline.

By the end of your studies, you will be able to initiate and deliver projects 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 2 years full-time
Campus Canterbury
Entry requirements Honours degree in Architecture, normally 2.1 or above, and one year in an architectural practice
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022

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Course details

Course details

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
You’ll embark on an extended piece of complex architectural design research, leading to a rigorous proposal. It should 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
You will extend and amplify the architectural design research initiated in the first module, leading to a rigorous proposal or proposals for a complex architectural design.

Design Technology
You will devise and implement a programme of research into technologies and experimentation. This usually emerges from the themes and issues in your design research project. The unit includes a series of programmed interdisciplinary workshops to introduce key skills and concepts, providing specialist inputs and opportunities to evaluate individual research from different vantage points.

Dissertation (option1)
This unit comprises a period of self-directed research on a subject related to the historical, theoretical and critical concerns of architecture. You will present a written dissertation (8,000-10,000 words) in which you will be expected to develop and articulate a sustained argument that demonstrates a high level of understanding of the subject area through analysis and evaluation.

Dissertation (option 2)
As with option 1, your dissertation will relate 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 (2,000-3,500 words).

 

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 involves the development and presentation of the thesis. 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
Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, this unit is designed to provoke experimentation, risk-taking, exploratory and playful work while addressing the rigours of professional practice. A range of topics, including business (including marketing and advertising), economics, law and legal, management, media, systems and operation, and professional practices will be covered. There is also a series of talks centred around the RIBA stages: pre-agreement, ideas-design, pre-construction, construction and completion.

Realisation
You'll produce a technologically-driven realisation which arises out of an issue identified in your 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.

 

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students full-time - £9,250

  • EU students full-time - £9,250 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly. 

 

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

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.

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

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

As well as dedicated postgraduate open plan studio spaces, for group tutorials and personal working, there is a 3D workshop with machines for working in wood, metals, plastics and ceramics and a fully-equipped computer studio with Macs and PCs programmed with the latest industry standard software for design and animation. There are also laser cutters, 3D printers and a virtual reality lab on campus.

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Architecture studios, UCA Canterbury

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Architecture Digital Media studios, UCA Canterbury

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Fabrication Lab, UCA Canterbury

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3D workshop, UCA Canterbury

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Beth Lambert
Beth Lambert

"I would definitely recommend the MArch course at UCA. The curriculum is challenging, interesting and ambitious in its scope and this really brings the best out of students who fully embrace it. The course taught me to approach projects with a great deal of rigour and develop manifestos that are both conceptual and contextual."

Entry requirements

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

and

  • 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.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa.
If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

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.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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