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Architecture
Postgraduate course
MArch

Architecture

International Scholarships available

Overview

This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research. It offers an internationally transposable professional-level architectural education leading to a qualification that meets the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 exemption. This course is listed in the Commonwealth Association of Architects' approved courses.

With the design studio taking centre stage during your studies, you will be challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems. Your course will explore current topical issues in architecture, including historical and philosophical thought, contemporary conditions of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology and the ramifications of modern technology. You will forge an individual approach to architecture as you explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global design perspectives.

The School is closely linked to professional societies, such as Leeds Society of Architects, West Yorkshire Society of Architects and RIBA Yorkshire region, and provides a vibrant environment for architectural debate. You will study with a diverse body of leading practitioners, academic educators and visiting professors who will provide a wide range of opportunities for architectural discussion, stimulation and engagement.

The Leeds School of Architecture offers a Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) Monitoring Service for graduates with BA (Hons) Architecture, Master of Architecture (MArch) or similar degree. The PEDR is an electronic record of your professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture and will offer support on the pathway to registration or licensure, primarily with the ARB. For more information, please click here.

You can see examples of our students' work on our website or by having a look at our end of year show publication.

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INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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This course offers high quality, creative design education as a basis for qualification and practice as an architect while fulfilling Part 2 requirements for Architects Registration Board Prescription, Royal Institute of British Architects Validation and the QAA Architecture Subject Benchmark for final award programmes.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment in Broadcasting Place which provides studio space for individual and group projects. Its facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, 3D printers and laser cutters.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Student work

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Callum Muir
Ed Shallcross London Archive
Ed Shallcross
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Robert Gibbs
Sarah Gerrish
Sarah Gerrish
Sarah Gerrish Recycling Chapultepec Mexico City
Sarah Gerrish, Recycling Chapultepec, Mexico City
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Hanzla Asghar, MArch Architecture
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Architecture from an ARB/RIBA accredited Part One course, at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course and work experience or at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course with Part One awarded through the ARB Assessment Panel and work experience. A year of professional work experience in architectural practice or a cognate discipline prior to entry is not essential but is considered advantageous.

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of degree and work experience and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from the final year of your degree so applications should not normally be made until you have completed your studies. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. Guidance notes for the portfolio can be accessed at this link.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Architecture from an ARB/RIBA accredited Part One course, at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course and work experience or at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course with Part One awarded through the ARB Assessment Panel and work experience. A year of professional work experience in architectural practice or a cognate discipline prior to entry is not essential but is considered advantageous.

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of degree and work experience and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from the final year of your degree so applications should not normally be made until you have completed your studies. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. Guidance notes for the portfolio can be accessed at this link.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. Please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Bradley Spencer

Careers

Bradley Spencer
Architect The Manser Practice

MArch Architecture

“My course developed my design skills while also broadening my awareness of the social and ethical roles architects play within society. The expertise I learned while studying are now used in my day-to-day work, whether designing conceptual masterplans or detailing construction packages. It's a great course with friendly, dedicated staff, and Leeds is a great place to be.

Teaching and learning

An introduction to the history and theory of architecture, you will explore the current architectural theory and the historical context in which it has developed. You will be encouraged to think critically about these theoretical concepts and to integrate them into your work.

You will become familiar with the current interdisciplinary discourse and concepts relevant to the theoretical thinking, speaking and writing of architecture. You will gain an understanding of the historical context into which theoretical concepts emerge and develop, and you will be supported to assemble your own conceptual toolkit for architectural thinking and making.

Develop skills necessary to advance design methodologies through a range of tools and techniques, including contextual critiques and reflections of social, economic, historical and technological issues to help define and develop studio programmes and project designs.

Develop design studio specialisms and approaches to architecture through a contextual architecture project. You will test your design methodologies and skills, developed in Design Studio 1, prior to the design thesis projects in Design Studios 3 and 4.

Produce a thesis design project, with particular emphasis on the design development and production of a complex and comprehensive integrated building.

Further develop the integrated building design produced in Design Studio 3 in an agreed area or specialism to include representation and technical realisation.

Examine the professional aspects of architectural practice, including the construction industry, role and responsibilities of the profession, development controls, construction law, regulation, design costs and project and practice management.

Develop integrative thinking regarding the technical requirements and production issues of detailed building design.

Develop integrative thinking through the strategic development of the design thesis project?s technical and constructional requirements including the environmental and structural strategies inherent in the evolution of the project.

Simon Warren
Simon Warren
Senior Lecturer
Simon is interested in how the role of the architect can make a difference to people's lives. Simon, who worked on built projects across the north of England from 1992 to 2008, contributed to the book 'How to be a Happy Architect' by Bauman Lyons Architects which considers the dilemmas of architectural practice.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including parallel motion boards and flip-top drawing boards, plus the latest software and printers
  • Access to the Project Office, our in-house architectural consultancy
  • Student membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery / model-making materials

    (Approximately £100)

  • Design studio site visits and study trips

    (Cost varies depending upon location of your project. Options include overseas trips. Estimated cost between £50 and £500)

  • Printing

    (Printing is likely to cost approximately £70 in year one and £150 in year two, and is compulsory for design portfolio submissions. Some tutorials may be digitally-based depending on specified design project.)

    Course-specific optional costs

  • Costs associated with specific research projects

(Approximate cost of travel £10-100)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the Library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage. 

Facilities

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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