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MA Architecture student
Postgraduate course
MA

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

International Scholarships available

Overview

If you want to pursue a design specialism within architecture, this post-professional, studio-based course will help you develop an expert approach to architectural thinking and design execution. It offers architectural design studies in relation to public space and the question of civic design.

You will explore international perspectives within design, and you will be encouraged to develop exciting design-led propositions that address themes such as the history of cities and city design, environmental sustainability, urban geography, philosophies of political space and the impact of current and future economies.

You will complete introductory and then advanced projects on your chosen theme, and you will have the opportunity to exhibit or publish your thesis work at the end of your course.

You can see examples of our students' work on our School of Art, Architecture and Design website.

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.

The School of Art, Architecture & Design is well recognised. We have world-renowned practitioners and academics in sustainable urbanism who have won international design competitions and have worked with and for leading design firms, such as Bauman Lyons Architects and MacCreanor Lavington.

The facade design tutorial team have worked on innovative designs for firms such as Foster, Atelier One, HOK, Ian Simpson, and Zaha Hadid. The architectural interiors team consists of practitioners, academics and designers, who specialise in themes such as building reuse and museum and exhibition design. Many of the students undertake live projects or competitions.

You will have access to an excellent learning environment which includes multimedia studios equipped with flip-top drawing boards, parallel motion boards, and model-making facilities, a 24/7 library and specialist workshops.

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.

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Student work

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning or Interior Design, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

PORTFOLIO REQUIRED:

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work to demonstrate creative ability, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. Guidance for the portfolio can be found at this link.

IELTS:

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.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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.

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning or Interior Design, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

PORTFOLIO REQUIRED:

All suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work to demonstrate creative ability, and may be required to attend an interview. Your portfolio should include examples from your previous education, professional experience, or personal work. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. Guidance for the portfolio can be found at this link.

IELTS:

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.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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

Louise Hartley

Careers

Louise Hartley
Architect The Harris Partnership

BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture & PG Dip Architectural Professional Practice

“My passion for architecture was sparked while I was at school. Going on to study at Leeds Beckett was perfect for me. I had access to industry-standard facilities, dedicated support from expert teaching staff and the social perks of living in a buzzing city. My course gave me the confidence to go out and get the industry experience I needed, and I'm now a fully qualified architect.

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from September 2019. 

Examine the historical, cultural and symbolic backgrounds of the late-capitalist city and relate this to current issues in architecture. Become acquainted with mainstream and alternative architectural languages to present contemporary architecture and architectural theories. You will also foster the development of a critical faculty and the ability to use verbal and graphical means to define various architectural approaches.

Engage in a wide range of issues specific to your elected specialist theme. Work in this module is open-ended and speculative, aimed at developing creative ways of working with particular contexts to develop architectural narratives and forms.

A research-based analysis of current day architectural context that will lead to development of a thesis project which will extend notions of context and brief. This work will be taken further in Design Studio C.

Synthesise, present and contextualise your thesis project. Your work will culminate in the production of a leading-edge proposition in architecture/ urbanism.

Gain knowledge and an understanding of the different design research philosophies and methodologies, and the skills to develop a critical awareness of their application, which will enable you to prepare a project proposal.

Examine the historical, cultural and symbolic backgrounds of the late-capitalist city and relate this to current issues in architecture. Become acquainted with mainstream and alternative architectural languages to present contemporary architecture and architectural theories. You will also foster the development of a critical faculty and the ability to use verbal and graphical means to define various architectural approaches.

Engage in a wide range of issues specific to your elected specialist theme. Work in this module is open-ended and speculative, aimed at developing creative ways of working with particular contexts to develop architectural narratives and forms.

A research-based analysis of current day architectural context that will lead to development of a thesis project which will extend notions of context and brief. This work will be taken further in Design Studio C.

Synthesise, present and contextualise your thesis project. Your work will culminate in the production of a leading-edge proposition in architecture/ urbanism.

Gain knowledge and an understanding of the different design research philosophies and methodologies, and the skills to develop a critical awareness of their application, which will enable you to prepare a project proposal.

Craig Stott
Craig Stott
Senior Lecturer
Craig joined our University in 2010 and has a background in structural engineering. He has a strong interest in closed loop urbanism – a concept that by understanding material resource flows within city, it is possible to create a zero waste system. Craig also helped to found the Leeds School of Architecture's Live Project Office which engages in community-based projects, using architecture as a catalyst to positively transform local neighbourhoods in economically deprived areas.
Our course will give you skills in architecture that will be recognised around the world. The creative practice of design is central to our course, giving you a great insight into conception, elaboration and production of the spaces, buildings, cities and landscapes that make up the built environment.
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Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £5950. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

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 £150 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 2019/20 is £13000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Additional course costs

 

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £661 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.05. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

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 £150 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.

 

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

Additional course costs

 

Facilities

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Location

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place

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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