Master of Architecture (MArch)
2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Please note: the MArch is the second stage of the two-tier BSc/MArch programme. Prospective students interested in this study option should pay particular attention to the Entry Requirements below.
This second stage of the two tier BSc/MArch programme of study is intended for those who wish to continue their education towards becoming qualified architects. It comprises two years of study, one year of which is based at the School, the other predominantly in practice.
The MArch programme of study is in modular form and aims to:
- Extend design experience and knowledge to include the design of more complex buildings and the demands of urban design and, in doing this, to aspire to the highest standards of architecture
- Study professionally associated aspects of the architect’s work and, within this experience, to become able to meet the demands being made in the architectural profession
- Pursue specialisms within the field and, in this process, receive a grounding in research methods and an in-depth study of an aspect of architectural design
- Welcomes applications from talented designers with excellent first degrees
- Unique structure that bridges theory and practice
- Internationally recognised teaching
The course comprises:
- An approved period of education in practice which consists of at least nine months’ employment in an architectural practice during which you will undertake study and design modules and will make a number of return visits to the School for short courses. Students find their own places in employment, but have some help from the School. Our record in achieving placements is excellent and many students study abroad, receiving visits from tutors.
- A dissertation which allows you to select from a range of interests within the School and carry out a detailed study based on an appropriate taught methodology. Current options include: Architectural Science and Technology; History and Theory of Architecture; Social Issues in Architecture; and Professional and Management Studies.
- Project work which includes a comprehensive design for a building or group of buildings selected by yourself and relating to design specialisms offered by staff. Project work is the major component in the second year of the course. An overseas study visit is usually undertaken during the course.
- Lecture-based modules which include: Contemporary Architectural Design and Practice, Management and Economics.
Welsh School of Architecture graduates must normally have our degree of BSc in Architectural Studies with at least a 2:2 Honours classification and 55 per cent in design; or
If you are entering from another School, you would normally need at least a 2:1 class degree or equivalent qualification which carries exemption from the Part 1 of the RIBA. In all cases, a strong design portfolio is a requisite. We will consider candidates from other schools with overall classifications of 2:2 who have exceptionally strong grades in design modules at degree level (high 2:1 and above), so students who believe themselves to be in this category are welcome to apply. Applications from prospective students will not be considered until we have received both the application form and the portfolio.
For the MArch, applications should be sent directly to the School. Please contact the School for further details or in the event of any query.
How to Apply
Applications need to be made via the undergraduate programmes for Architecture page.
The MArch is as an Undergraduate programme and therefore Undergraduate fees apply. Tuition Fee information for this programme can be found on the Undergraduate web pages.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Architecture Admissions Administrator
Telephone: 029 2087 5963