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Tuition fee £19,800 per year
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Join a new generation of architects with our Master of Architecture (MArch) course.
Continue your architectural studies on this postgraduate programme, the second stage in becoming a qualified architect in the UK.

We aim to equip you with the skills of a twenty-first century architect: one who utilises space through quality design, innovates responsibly within a world of finite resources, and shapes environments to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

At the Reading School of Architecture, we study architecture in a UK professional context, but with a global outlook. You will examine architecture’s role within a rapidly urbanising world — and through a cultural, social and environmental lens — where new approaches are needed.

Through research themes, project sites, case studies and practices from around the world, we aim to support your development as a rounded, creative, progressive architect with international relevance.

Our School sits within the renowned School of the Built Environment, which has strong industry links and is ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Industry-relevant learning
We have worked closely with industry partners to develop our master’s-level architecture programme. Our curriculum aims to be responsive to architecture’s ever-changing forms and expectations.

We are liaising with both the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with regards ARB prescription and RIBA validation respectively.

Your studies will be focused on four core strands of architectural practice:

architectural design
research methods
architectural technologies
professional skills.
This framework will extend your ability to research, think critically, analyse, self-appraise and work collaboratively in a team.

Building on your architecture degree studies (Part 1), you will:

focus on design as a research practice to critically engage with places and communities
engage with diverse modes of architectural production, communication and practice
learn how to respond to societal, environmental and technological challenges.
Unpack topics such as sustainability, urbanism, landscape and culture, and discover or develop your personal interest in the architectural world.

You will also benefit from guest lectures led by internationally renowned architects and construction specialists. This offers a great insight into the industry and a chance to build your network of contacts.

Programme structure

Core modules include:

Architectural Design 1: Design Research and Methods

This module introduces the fundamentals of design research methods (research into the processes of design), exploring their potential to develop new forms of architectural production and practice evidenced in design output (portfolio).

Architectural Design 2: Design Research and Practice

The module provides a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create, develop, evaluate and communicate design proposals

Architectural Design 3: Design Research Projects

This module provides you with the opportunity to define an individual design position in relation to a current architectural issue supported by a relevant research theme and methodological framework defined by the ‘research unit’.

Research Methods 1: Foundation

This module will provide you with an important grounding in research methods (theory) and their development through recent history while offering an opportunity to reflect on the nature and meaning of creative practice.

Research Methods 2: Research Project (Dissertation)

This module builds on and expands on research skills gained in AAM RM1, preparing you to deliver a sustained and rigorous piece of independent research through the production of a written dissertation.

Architectural Technologies

The module explores the environmental and socio-cultural implications of design and specification.

Professional Skills 1

The module helps you to develop a grounded understanding of processes, techniques and mechanisms of practice organisation and management. This includes legal frameworks, financial management, construction procurement processes and current policies legislation.

Professional Skills 2

Drawing upon all other modules in the programme, this module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore diverse modes of architectural research in a practical application.

Career opportunities

On completion of this course you will be required to complete a period of professional experience, as well as Professional Studies (Part 3) and the related examination, to be eligible to achieve statutory registered status as a UK architect.

The MArch provides a strong foundation in research methods to prepare you for PhD study, as well as the experience and skills to give you an advantage to join research-led practices, and to support and enhance research in practice

Apply now! Commence year 2019
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2019
Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Commence year 2019
This is a rolling intake - applications are accepted all year round.
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2019
Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States