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MArch

Architecture

ARB/RIBA Part II validated course

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
K10B1
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Two years full-time, three years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time, part-time, starts September
Programme leader:
Rachel Sara
Key fact:
This Master of Architecture, RIBA part II, ranks among the top 20 in the UK. You'll take part in live projects with genuine client briefs, in well equipped studios and workshops, and choose from three specialisms in your second year to develop an individually distinctive portfolio.

Page last updated 19 May 2017

Introduction

UWE Bristol has an excellent reputation for its architecture courses, and the calibre of its graduates. We have been ranked fourth nationally for student satisfaction for our Architecture courses in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

If you have Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part I accreditation, the MArch is an excellent opportunity to achieve your Master of Architecture, plus RIBA and ARB Part II accreditation. Part III accreditation is also achievable at UWE Bristol.  

Hone in on your career aspirations

You can specialise in Sustainable Architecture, Conservation or Urbanism in your second year, to help differentiate your skills and develop a unique portfolio.

You will have attentive support from an excellent department with extensive research expertise and complementary knowledge, and learn from industry-experienced tutors and practising professionals. Learning incorporates working on live briefs from genuine clients, and studying cities and buildings on national and international field trips. It will encourage and develop your design skills, and introduce you to working directly with clients and end users, and running an architecture practice. The course also offers further real-world experience with excellent internship opportunities, and puts on a high-profile end-of-year show in both London and Bristol, attended by local, regional and national practices.

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Structure

Content

The MArch is a design-led course aimed at developing architectural professionals who show an ethically responsible attitude towards society, clients, users and the environment. It imparts the knowledge and skills you will need for a successful career in architectural practice, and prepares you for the office-based aspects of the role which also acts as a primer for the RIBA/ARB Part III examination.  

Year 1

The Masters of Architecture course comprises of 240 credits delivered over two years full-time or three years part-time.  All modules are core to the award and students are required to successfully complete all modules to achieve the award.

For full-time students, the first year combines Design Studio A with Architectural Representation And Modelling, Advanced Cultural Studies, and Professional Practice modules.

Core modules:

  • Design Studio A (60 credits) - Typically involves two or more projects, including a 'live' project involving hands-on construction, or working with a client or user group in small groups, as well as a more theoretical individual design project. Involves a taught Technical Substantiation course.
  • Advanced Cultural Studies 1: Narratives of Built Form (15 credits) - Explores the relationships between buildings and ideas by applying theories from a range of disciplines, including architecture, art and design, archaeology, psychology, and science.
  • Professional Practice: 1 (15 credits) - This client-facing module develops your knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of architects, clients and other interested parties through live projects with real clients.
  • Architectural Representation and Modelling (30 credits) - Fine-tune your knowledge and ability in drawing, modelling and other relevant media for analysis, formal experimentation and conceptual speculation when designing and representing projects.

Year 2

Year 2 is where you begin to specialise, with 60 credits allocated to your choice of design units. These vary from year to year, to reflect current issues in architecture and urban design, as well as faculty research and specialisms. You can also explore your specialist modules in more depth in the Design Research module. This introduces the principles of research that are ideal preparation for the dissertation aspect of an MA Architecture degree (should you choose to go on to further study). There are also modules in Advanced Cultural Studies and Professional Practice.

Core modules:

  • Design Studio B (60 credits) - This is where you produce your final year design thesis, and focus on your choice of Sustainable Architecture, Conservation or Urbanism.
  • Advanced Cultural Studies: Narratives of Architectural Theory (15 credits) - In this module, you look critically at the theories behind architectural phenomena, including philosophical approaches to the social, economic, political, technological and aesthetic cultures architecture emerges from.
  • Professional Practice 2 (15 credits) - Introduces you to the understanding and competence you will need to pass the threshold for professional validation in Part 3 and develops your understanding of the issues surrounding effective practice and project management.
  • Design Research (30 credits) - Generate your own design research project, experiment and work directly with materials, drawings or film.

Part-time study options

If you have family, financial, work and other commitments, you can study this course part-time over three years.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Where possible, we have designed taught modules to integrate with learning in the design studio and professional practice. The course comprises weekly studio-based lectures, individual tutorials and group seminars, as well as regular project design reviews. Design projects are the focus for constructional, structural and environmental technical studies, taught by specialists through lectures, seminars and studio tutorials.

Visiting practitioners, academics and internal researchers contribute to the teaching, and support your specialist knowledge development.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Full-time: Two years

Part-time: Three years

You will study alongside full-time students, so will enjoy the same level of tutorial support and peer learning in the studio. The first two years include the studio work, and you need to commit to two days a week (typically a Monday and a Thursday) during term time in addition to another two days a week of independent study. You would also need to be available for a week-long study visit.

Assessment

Assessment focuses on presentations of project work, portfolio submissions, and illustrated reports and essays.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course provides an opportunity to achieve a Master of Architecture and Part II accreditation from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Students can progress to study for their Part III at UWE, in order to join the UK Register of Architects.

Fieldwork

Each year, we arrange a field trip that is integral to the studio projects, so you can study cities and buildings, attend public lectures and, on occasion, meet local organisations and students. Destinations so far include Istanbul, Amsterdam, Paris and New York.

Study facilities

You learn alongside students from across the faculty in our modern, well-equipped facilities. These are open around the clock, and include our award-winning Design Studios.

  • Study and collaborate on group assignments in our dedicated MArch studio space.
  • Develop skills in design, sketching, CAD and environmental modelling on industry standard software.
  • Create architectural models using laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D routers and other equipment available in our workshops and laboratories.
  • Test lighting in environmental physics and acoustics laboratories.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

Get involved in workshops and projects led by professional structural and mechanical engineers, as well as architects from practices like Zaha Hadid Architects, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios, White Design and Stride Treglown.

Gain experience

We arrange and promote a range of internships. For instance, we have funded internships with Womad Festival, Hands-on-Bristol and the Beckery Island Regeneration Trust.

Socialise and learn

Our Architecture Society arranges lectures from visiting professionals, plus field trips and social events that bring colleagues and like-minded students together. 

Showcase your work

Like many of our postgraduates, you can showcase your final year projects at our annual Plan+Make degree show. Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr and Flickr.

Careers

Careers / Further study

The MArch course not only introduces design skills, but in the second year focuses on the experience of working in an architecture practice, preparing you for the next stage of your architecture career. The course also leads seamlessly into the final year of an Architecture MA also available through this faculty and has RIBA and ARB Part II accreditation.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

 

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

Students taking this course as a continuation of Part 1 in Architecture may be funded as an undergraduate. For further information please see our tuition fees pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • An honours degree of 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course; or
  • A first degree in Architecture from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to a 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course; or
  • An honours degree of 2:2 from a RIBA Part I validated course, plus a minimum of 60% in the final year design project and/or evidence in your portfolio of significant development since you completed your degree; or
  • Successful completion of the ARB Part I examination; or
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application.

In addition, you should have completed work experience in an architectural practice or related discipline.

You may be invited to an interview (via video conferencing for overseas students) on the basis of your formal application and digital portfolio. Applicants demonstrating appropriate experience, skills and ability at interview will be offered a place.

How to apply

Advice on submitting portfolio

We are now using an online portfolio review process. Once UWE has received your application, we may ask you to give us access to an online portfolio. Once we have received the links (URLs) to your portfolio, the Master of Architecture team will review your application and portfolio. We will sometimes ask applicants to attend an interview (via Skype for overseas applicants) to discuss their application and portfolio in more detail.

What to include in your portfolio:

Your portfolio should include both academic and professional architectural work. In addition we ask you to include examples of written work, such as extended essays and dissertations.

You should include as broad a range of design work as possible so that you can demonstrate:

  • a range of representation techniques (hand drawing, sketching, diagramming, model-making, CAD skills, 3D renders, photography, painting, graphics etc).
  • finished design projects as well as a record of the design process
  • include an introduction to the projects
  • evidence of conceptual understanding and design intent
  • evidence of material understanding and how it relates to the design intent
  • evidence of technical understanding and how it might be used to realise a design intent (including structural, constructional and environmental systems)
  • the theoretical underpinning behind the design intent
  • context and background research (to site, programme and theoretical context)
  • the development of the programme and consideration of the users of the project
  • relevant precedents and building studies
  • work at a range of scales (from the detailed design of a handrail or small space up to the scale of urban design/master planning)
  • measured and working drawings
  • any other relevant experience such as work on site, travel, competition entries etc.

General portfolio advice:

You portfolio should show a high level of commitment to your professional development and evidence of fundamental design skills. Please consider that the portfolio will be viewed on screen, and design it to work in that format.

Please see the general information about applications.

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