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MArch

Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

MArch Architecture

Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): K648
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Two years

MArch Architecture (ARB / RIBA Part 2) is a two-year full-time course that produces graduate architects who are fully equipped for a career in the architectural profession. It is designed to be the next step for professionals pursuing an accredited pathway to becoming a registered architect.

Fully accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of entry onto the UK Register of Architects, this course satisfies the educational requirements for RIBA Part 2 before moving on to practical experience and Part 3 qualification.

With a focus on educating students with a global outlook, we set collaborative, industry-facing projects set in local, national, and international contexts. The course framework enables you to advance your ability to research, analyse, self-appraise, think critically, work in a team and provide constructive feedback. With core legal, management and design leadership skills built into the course content, you’ll develop high-level skills needed for advanced industry practice.

Why study this course?

  • Inspiring spaces | Based in our Grade II* listed Gothic Revival style Arkwright building, you'll work with industry-standard facilities, including a dedicated model-making studio.
  • Guest lectures | Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners.
  • Tailored study | Choose from optional modules in Year Two, enabling you to undertake further research and learning in an area of interest.
  • Exhibitions and degree shows | Showcase your work at our annual final year degree show, attended by architecture professionals, industry experts and potential employers.
  • RIBA East Midlands | Work closely with the RIBA's East Midlands branch whose regional offices are based in our Arkwright building.

Visit our Architecture Student Showcase, an online exhibition celebrating the work of our Year One and Year Two MArch students.

You may also be interested in

  • If you’re interested in pursuing a career as an Architect, you will need to complete an ARB/RIBA Part 1 qualification, before progressing to our MArch Architecture course for Part 2. We offer a BArch (Hons) Architecture qualification at NTU to fulfil the education requirements for Part 1, which is studied full-time over three years.
  • We also offer a Professional Certificate in Architecture. This course is intended for graduates from a Part 1 accredited qualification in Architecture, who are undertaking experience in professional practice prior to entry on a Part 2 course.

Accredited by:

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Why study Architecture at NTU?
MArch Architecture Course Leader Marisela Mendoza talks the key benefits of studying Architecture at NTU, and why you need to be an inquisitive and critical thinker as a future Architect.

What you'll study

Our MArch Architecture course content is focused on four core strands:

  • developing your design and communication skills
  • extending your awareness and knowledge of the theory and socio-economic, historic and cultural factors affecting architectural design
  • advancing your appreciation of technology and construction methods
  • developing your knowledge of management, practise and law.

Together, this framework will build upon the skills and knowledge you have already gained, extending your ability to research, analyse, self-appraise, think critically, work in a team and provide constructive feedback.

Course structure

The course is formed of eight core modules. You’ll also be able to choose between two optional modules in Year Two, giving you the opportunity to further pursue an areas of interest.

The modules’ credit points are weighted based on the total time you can expect to spend studying the module content, both in terms of contact hours and non-contact hours.

Course overview

Module title Credit points Core or optionalYear

Architectural Theory and Research Methods

20 credits Core Year 1

Architectural Technology and Construction Methods

20 credits Core Year 1

Management, Practice and Law

20 credits Core Year 1

Vertical Studio I

20 credits Core Year 1

Intervening in the City

40 credits Core Year 1

Dissertation/Research Project

20 credits Core Year 2

Vertical Studio II

20 credits Core Year 2

Design Thesis

60 credits Core Year 2

Heritage and Conservation

20 credits Optional Year 2

Digital Design

20 credits Optional Year 2
  • Year One

    Architectural Theory and Research Methods

    • Supported by lectures and student-led seminars, this module will introduce you to a variety of current research in architecture and related areas, and discuss their relevance in relation to design and present day architectural thinking.
    • You’ll look at key issues including the influence of history and theory in spatial, social, cultural and technological aspects of architecture; theories of urban design, cities past and present and the influence of fine art; epistemological and philosophical trajectories underpinning architectural research; and, humanities-based inquiry and the role of technology.
    • By considering relevant methodologies, conducting literature reviews and establishing research questions, you’ll develop and extend your methods of analysis and interpretation in architectural thinking an design.

    Architectural Technology and Construction Methods

    • Studied over the course of Year One, this module will equip you with wide-ranging knowledge of technological and constructional aspects of architectural practice and thinking. It addresses issues of construction, technology, environmental science, materials, components and systems, and the environmental strategies for, and impact of, specification choices and procurement.
    • You’ll be introduced to innovative and emergent technologies in architecture , and their relevance to design and thinking. You’ll consider issues relating to innovative structures and structural form, energy use in buildings and sustainable and low-carbon construction procurement and appropriate materials.
    • Where possible, you’ll visit live projects and sites to gain first-hand experience of the issues involved.

    Management, Practice and Law

    • This module addresses professional issues relating to the architectural and construction industry, including the architect’s role in the process of procurement, building production and compliance with legislation.
    • The purpose of the module is to strengthen your experience from your Part 1 qualification and from your time in industry.
    • You’ll explore issues of ethics, health and safety, codes of conduct, legal rights and responsibilities, as well as looking at areas of business strategy, marketing and practice. You’ll also consider legal responsibilities including briefing, contracts, negotiation, time and fee management, procurement options, warranties and post-occupancy evaluation.

    Vertical Studio I

    • The Vertical Studio module is shared with Year Two MArch Architecture students, creating a cohesive studio environment and encouraging peer-to-peer mentorship and support.
    • Working individually or as part of a small group, you will explore a complex technical condition with a focus on the relationship between context, structure, material, environment and users. You’ll apply relevant constructional, material and technological strategies, with knowledge supported and extended through other non-design modules studied, to develop a considered architectural response of appropriate complexity, producing visual, graphic and physical representations of your proposals.
    • You’ll communicate your concepts creatively, and learn to interrogate and critically appraise your own proposals, to a professional level.

    Intervening in the City

    • This design studio module is the key design project of Year One and is based on the principle of ‘thinking and making.’
    • The project links interrelated elements relevant to architectural study and practice, and draws from across your first year of study. It introduces the complexity of architecture and its operation within the urban context.
    • The project will be based on a thorough analysis of a chosen urban area. Working both individually and in small groups, you’ll develop a network of infrastructure (urban strategy), establishing your own brief, and developing scheme and detailed designs. You’ll consistency address relevant theoretical issues in your design and explore technology and materiality through detailed tectonic resolution.
  • Year Two

    Dissertation/Research Project

    • This module serves as the culmination of the research methods module in Year One, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your advanced research methodology, analytical and interpretation skills.
    • You’ll produce an extended piece of academic research in an appropriate area related to your field of study; the format can either be a written dissertation, or a research project combining both written content and empirical work, such as laboratory-based experimentation or field work.
    • Student-led research is at the heart of this module, which will be supported by group and individual tutorials with allocated supervisors.

    Vertical Studio II

    • The Vertical Studio module in Year Two will be delivered alongside Year One students, however you will now be expected to take a mentor and leadership role, supervised by a visiting practitioner or academic.
    • You will have grown and matured in your design approaches, therefore this module offers the opportunity to demonstrate your ability and widen your understanding of the scope and challenge of current and emerging architectural issues.
    • As in the Vertical Studio module in Year One, you will explore a complex technical condition, with a focus on the relationship between context, structure, material, environment and users. You will develop your own personal leadership and design mentorship skills in your work with Year One MArch Architecture students.

    Design Thesis

    • This studio project module forms the key design module in Year Two. Your design thesis is the culmination of design work in your MArch course, and is a demonstration of your advanced architectural design ability, your ability to apply technological, material and environmental knowledge, and show a clear understanding of contemporary architectural debates.
    • You will develop and execute an extensive, complex design project, showing originality in the application of subject knowledge, exploring themes including architecture, urban design and technology.

    Optional modules

    In Year Two, you will have the opportunity to choose between two optional modules. Both of these choices offer a chance for you to develop cross-disciplinary appreciation of the professional interrelationships, ways of working and areas of responsibility in disciplines allied to the architectural profession.

    Heritage and Conservation

    • This module focuses on architectural history and conservation, and heritage philosophy and practice.
    • You’ll focus on historic environments in the UK and consider selective international examples, learning how to identify different architectural styles, appraise culturally significant buildings, and manage proposed uses and associated interventions in line with current international approaches (e.g. UNESCO and ICOMOS international charters and debates).

    Digital Design

    • This module provides experience of using advanced digital design techniques and methodologies to support the architectural/urban design process. It aims to develop conceptual, methodological and technical skills in digital architectural design.
    • The module is linked to the Design Thesis module, and you will be able to choose from three different options including parametric modelling, mixed environment and architectural narrative and building information modelling.

Work in our inspiring RIBA award-winning buildings, offering industry-standard facilities and studios

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • The course is delivered predominantly through project-based learning. This includes group and one-to-one tutorials, seminars and site visits, along with regular critiques or reviews, replicating a professional architectural practice. Review sessions usually include an exhibition of your work, accompanied by a presentation, and followed by a panel discussion.
  • In addition to the design studio, you’ll also utilise our model making workshop to produce large and small scale prototypes, to test your design concepts.
  • Course content is delivered through a series of lectures throughout the year, supported by seminar groups; an open platform to discuss and build upon ideas.

MArch Architecture Pier Model group work

MArch Architecture Pier Model group work on exhibition at the NTU Degree Show

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits and visits to practices, museums, exhibitions and events. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student. A valid passport and any associated visas will be required for trips outside of the UK.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary by module, but typically include a submitted portfolio or exhibition of your design work, supported by a presentation – some modules require you to submit an individual project, whereas others require collaborative work. You may also be required to produce reports, case studies and essays and, in some instances, take an assessment under timed conditions.

Year One Coursework 100%
Year Two Coursework 100%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 30% Independent study 70%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 25% Independent study 75%

Careers and employability

Our course is validated by RIBA to provide exemption from Part Two examinations, and is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of entry onto the UK Register of Architects.

This course is suitable for students wishing to fulfil the educational requirements of the RIBA Part 2, before moving on to Stage 2 practical experience.

Where do MArch Architecture graduates from NTU work?

After completion of this course, the majority of graduates seek employment in architectural practises to work towards their Part 3 examinations, in preparation for an eventual full RIBA/ARB professional qualification.

Our MArch Architecture course has been designed to maximise the employability prospects of our graduates, equipping you with professional skills as well as enhancing and developing your design skills, technical knowledge and ability to communicate your ideas.

Graduates have gone on to hold various architectural roles in companies such as Davidsons Development, Marchini Curran Associates and HKR Architects amongst others, whilst working towards their Part Three examinations.

MArch Architecture students working on a kinetic structure as part of a project with the SMiA research group.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. This includes the Property, Design and Construction Fair where employers from all over the UK return each year to recruit our students to graduate roles.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From sustainable cities to smart and virtual heritage technologies, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more: ntu.ac.uk/research

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Hear from visiting experts; recent industry speakers have included a number of RIBA Stirling Awards prize winners

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • Usual requirement for entry on to this course is a 2:2 honours degree in a RIBA/ARB Part 1-accredited course.
  • In some cases, we accept applicants without an RIBA/ARB Part 1 who can provide an exceptional portfolio, supported by a number of years' experience in architectural practice.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted, you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. Your interview will be held via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course, and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.


Route to becoming a Registered Architect in the UK

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK, and is also the UK’s Competent Authority for Architects. In order to call yourself an ‘architect’ in the UK you must be registered with the ARB.

In order to register in the UK, you typically need to hold the following:

  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 1;
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 2; and
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 3, including 24 months practical training experience.

This means that even if you complete and pass the prescribed Part 2 qualification that you are embarking on, you will still need to hold an ARB prescribed qualification at Part 1 level (plus an ARB prescribed qualification at Part Three level together with the required period of practical training), before you can be admitted to the ARB Register.

If you already hold a first degree which covers the same subjects as a UK Part 1 qualification but which is not prescribed by the ARB, you may be eligible for ARB’s Prescribed Examination, through which you can gain equivalence to the UK Part 1, which can then be used for purpose of UK Registration.

You can check whether any qualifications you may already hold are recognised by ARB and at which level, and you can find more information about the ARB’s Prescribed Examinations and its requirements for registration via ARB’s website.

Advanced entry

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • Usual requirement for entry on to this course is a 2:2 honours degree in a RIBA/ARB Part 1-accredited course.
  • In some cases, we accept applicants without an RIBA/ARB Part 1 who can provide an exceptional portfolio, supported by a number of years' experience in architectural practice.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted, you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. Your interview will be held via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course, and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

English language entry requirements

  • If you are an international applicant, you will require an English language qualification, normally an IELTS with a score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill). For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Advanced entry

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Applications for this course can be made via UCAS. You'll need to apply through the undergraduate section of the UCAS website, which is where this MArch Architecture course is listed.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our postgraduate pages.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted, you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. Your interview will be held via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course, and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications for this course can be made via UCAS. You'll need to apply through the undergraduate section of the UCAS website, which is where this MArch Architecture course is listed.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you'll be asked to submit a digital portfolio of your work.

Take a look at our digital portfolio advice.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted, you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. Your interview will be held via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course, and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2021 entry

September 2021 entry

Study route Home (UK students)
Full-time  £9,250 per year

Funding your studies

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

As an MArch Architecture student, you may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance, subject to certain conditions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses. Essential modelmaking materials will be available for free in the workshop shop.

The school will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue, exhibition printing and set-up costs.

However, you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs including printing and specialised modelmaking materials.

In addition, most modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses; however, a good supply of books will be available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly as hard copy or digitally as eBooks.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Here at NTU we provide a range of excellent learning resources. However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Level 6 (Year 1): Printing £200 (estimate); essential modelmaking materials will be available for free in the workshop shop, however if a student wishes to use a specialised material, s/he will have to pay for it.
  • Level 7 (Year 2):  Printing £300 (estimate); essential modelmaking materials will be available for free in the workshop shop, however if a student wishes to use a specialised material, s/he will have to pay for it.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Work experience

Students will also be expected to pay for any travel, accommodation and living costs if they choose to undertake work experience alongside their studies.

Degree Show

In Year 1 and Year 2, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue, exhibition printing and set-up costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Fees for 2021 entry

September 2021 entry

Study routeEU and International
Full-time  £15,200 per year

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Here at NTU we provide a range of excellent learning resources. However you should be aware that students on this course may incur some additional costs as follows:

  • Level 6 (Year 1): Printing £200 (estimate); essential modelmaking materials will be available for free in the workshop shop, however if a student wishes to use a specialised material, s/he will have to pay for it.
  • Level 7 (Year 2):  Printing £300 (estimate); essential modelmaking materials will be available for free in the workshop shop, however if a student wishes to use a specialised material, s/he will have to pay for it.

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Work experience

Students will also be expected to pay for any travel, accommodation and living costs if they choose to undertake work experience alongside their studies.

Degree Show

In Year 1 and Year 2, the School will provide infrastructure costs for your Degree Show, including course catalogue, exhibition printing and set-up costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Still need help?

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