Architecture, MArch

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Design focused, with an emphasis on the adaptation and conversion of existing environments, this course aims to develop global architects competent to work within both local and international contexts. Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop global architects adept to work within both local and international contexts. You will benefit from:

  • a lively, multidisciplinary teaching and learning environment
  • an enthusiastic staff team supported by reputed practitioners with eminent visiting professors
  • brand new teaching, CAD and studio spaces in a city centre location
  • opportunities for live projects and development of individual architectural specialisation
  • site visits and field tri…

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Design focused, with an emphasis on the adaptation and conversion of existing environments, this course aims to develop global architects competent to work within both local and international contexts. Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop global architects adept to work within both local and international contexts. You will benefit from:

  • a lively, multidisciplinary teaching and learning environment
  • an enthusiastic staff team supported by reputed practitioners with eminent visiting professors
  • brand new teaching, CAD and studio spaces in a city centre location
  • opportunities for live projects and development of individual architectural specialisation
  • site visits and field trips
  • a commitment to sustainability underlying the curriculum.

This two year, full-time course benefits from being based in the multidisciplinary School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, with the advantage of close links and alignment with the School of Art & Design.

Professional recognition

The MArch Architecture course is:

  • validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to provide exemption from the part two examinations
  • prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects
Scholarships

The School also offers several scholarship opportunities.

Please visit the School scholarships page for further information.

Postgraduate open evenings

Our postgraduate open events are a great opportunity to meet our postgraduate teaching staff and students, visit the University, find out about the courses we offer, bursaries and funding opportunities.
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Open lecture series

Our open lecture series runs throughout the first two terms of the academic year. The sessions are delivered by staff as well as invited guests addressing topics to stimulate wider architectural debate. The lectures range from critique to contentious, and the historic to contemporary. Whatever your area of interest, the open lecture series is designed to get you thinking and talking about your passion for Architecture.

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Six key features highlight the distinctive nature of the course.

Educating the global architect
You will be prepared for working with, and sensitively responding to, specific locations, in the UK or elsewhere, with guidance from our international staff. You will undertake complex city site studies to understand their current condition as belonging at once to a particular locality and a globalised context.

Research into design
Throughout the course you will be encouraged to conduct cross-disciplinary research using competently appropriate methodologies.

Practice led Masterclass
A vertical studio will see leading professionals or academics introducing current themes and challenges into the curriculum.

Cross-disciplinarity
The course places emphasis on the essential cross-disciplinary nature of architecture by drawing on the diverse range of disciplines and expertise from the School or University. This will provide you with the opportunity to develop your own distinctive approaches to architecture.

Celebrating collaboration
The course prepares you for the reality of practice by emphasising collaborative group work, alongside individually orientated projects.

The need to work with and shape the existing built environment
Given that many architectural interventions are concerned with transforming existing settings, our MArch embraces this approach and the practice of modification as central to your architectural training.

What will I study?

Year One

  • Design: Vertical Studio One (15 credit points)
  • Design: Intervening in the City (40 credit points)
  • Architectural Humanities: Theory and Research Methods (15 credit points)
  • Options* (20 credit points)
  • Management of Practice and Law (15 credit points)
  • Architectural Technology and Construction: Theory and Research Methods (15 credit points)
  • Dissertation / Research Project Preparation

Year Two

  • Design: Vertical Studio Two (30 credit points)
  • Dissertation / Research Project (30 credit points)
  • Design Thesis (60 credit points)

credit points = credit points

* Select one from a choice of three modules drawn from our existing provision within the School, giving you the opportunity to work alongside students in another discipline or area: Heritage and Conservation, Technology Futures for Architecture or Design, Value and Cost

How will I learn?

The course will be taught via:

  • project-based work
  • lectures and seminars
  • field trips and site visits
  • critiques/reviews
  • workshop and laboratory work.

You will be expected to take ownership of your own learning by being proactive contributors to exploratory research, reflective project development and decision-making processes.

Graduate-level research, thinking and articulation is fundamental to the course, which will be underpinned by components embedded in several modules dealing with methodological approaches and the wide range of research methods, the architectural researcher would need to acquire.

The course also aims to emphasise and encourage collaborative (group/team) work as a pivotal aspect of architectural and urban design, and its production, communication and delivery.

External practitioners contribute to the course through reviews and teaching.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used, designed to encourage independent, collaborative and active learning. These include: presentations, projects, an exam and a dissertation.

NOW
NTU's online workspace (NOW) is used to support the course. This web-based learning platform delivers learning materials, up-to-date module information, access to a news board and resources as well as the facility to upload coursework and communicate with tutors and other students.

Who teaches on this course?

You will be taught by an international team of architectural professionals.
Our team consists of architects of international recognition, including prestigious architects shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival 2011.

Professional recognition

The MArch Architecture course is:

  • validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to provide exemption from the part two examinations
  • prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.
Facilities

The Architecture courses are based in the newly refurbished Arkwright building.

This impressive building, designed by Hopkins, has undergone a multi-million pound regeneration and provides bright studio space and CAD rooms. You will also benefit from our excellent workshop and laboratory facilities.

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