MA Architecture – MArch
Birmingham City University
Architects Registration Board (ARB); the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)
£12,000 per year
Applicants will normally be expected to hold at least a second class honours degree or equivalent in architecture. In exceptional circumstances, applications from students without RIBA Part 1 will be considered subject to prior equivalent academic and practical experience, but the honours degree must be in architecture due to the prescribed and validated nature of the programme.
Evidence of satisfactory completion of at least nine months of practical training is normally required for acceptance on the full-time course. Should applicants have difficulty in accessing conventional practical experience, the admissions team will consider evidence of initiative in finding alternative experience, through voluntary work, competitions, work in associated fields of the construction and design industries and self-generated work.
A diverse portfolio demonstrating academic and professional experience along with a critical self-appraisal.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in other components.
Further academic study of MPhil and PhD degrees by research or professional career.
Graduates of this course are able to embark upon careers as Architect, Architectural technologists, Interior and spatial designer, Building surveyor, Town planner, Residential surveyor, Landscape architect, Structural engineer and many more.
You'll be assessed through a mix of reviews, reports, exams and essays. You'll undertake a major dissertation or special study (to follow on from the Co.Lab live project or another opportunity) on a theme related to the course. The dissertation and special study themes are negotiated with your tutor.
Reasons for choosing this course
The MArch views the City as a laboratory, the studio is a research tool to develop and test possible iterations of sustainable urban futures, an exploratory bridge between theory and practice.
The MArch meets and exceeds the requirements set out in the latest ARB/RIBA Part 2 criteria and EU Directive on Architectural education.
The programme enables the development of an understanding of the theoretical, technical and professional issues informing contemporary architectural practice, focusing on the contemporary city, a laboratory for the exploration of possible forms of architectural production. The programme explores the limits of contemporary practice and engages in cross-disciplinary dialogue and practice.
The programme is driven by the School’s research agenda. Students identify their trajectory through the programme to develop individually focused projects within shared vehicles and fields of operation that engage with and are informed by the School’s leading edge research practice.
The intersection between the disciplinary aspects of architecture and professionalism underpin the programme. Through testing the definition of architectural production students develop professional skills that deepen and extend knowledge and understanding of areas of practice.
The aims of the programme are to:
Main learning outcomes
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