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Architecture
Postgraduate course
MArch

Architecture

Overview

This is a creative, studio-focused course with a strong commitment to design research and meets the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 requirements. The design studio will take centre stage during your studies as you are challenged to develop solutions to a series of architectural design problems.

Your course will explore different approaches to architecture, its theories, techniques and forms of agency, and will address the key themes of integrated sustainability and post-industrial urbanism.

You will study architectural agency and its forms of social engagement, and the use of computational techniques to produce architectural solutions within material and social systems. You will also explore the innovative use of film and other media in the process of architectural and urban design.

You will explore your personal interests in relation to city, regional, national and global perspectives and forge an individual approach to architecture.

As part of your studies, you will visit exemplary buildings and complex urban contexts that challenge the role of architecture in the city. This qualification offers exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA Part I examination.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

Modules & learning

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A studio-based introduction to the specific issues and research agenda of an elected design studio. You will develop the skills you need to advance design methodologies through a range of tools and techniques.

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.

These two modules develop integrative thinking regarding the technical requirements and production issues of detailed building design.

Develop your design studio specialisms and approaches to architecture through a contextual architecture project. You will test the design methodologies and skills you developed during Design Studio 1.

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.

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

This is the final part of your design thesis, where you will develop the integrated building project started in Design Studio 3, as a detailed piece of work. You will complete your end of year portfolio and prepare for the end of year show.

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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School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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.

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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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