Welsh School of Architecture

M. Phil in Architecture and Urban Design

MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design

Much of the postgraduate research in departments of architecture is in the fields of architectural history and theory, architectural science or building use. Whilst this work is of great value to both teaching and practice, the research methodologies derive predominantly from the humanities, the applied sciences or social sciences. It is paradoxical that the progress of practice design, which is the central concern of architecture education and the primary activity of practice, plays a relatively small part in the research activity of the schools. In recent years this question has been the subject of much debate and there is growing support for the development of design studies.

The MPhil in Architectural Urban Design offers graduates in architecture the opportunity to continue their design studies beyond completion of the RIBA Part 2. The intention is to allow graduates with outstanding design ability to undertake design-based research. In the first instance this will be as candidates for the MPhil degree, by either full-time (one year) or part-time study (two years). Full-time students will, normally, undertake their studies in the year immediately following completion of the second degree of their professional training. Part-time students will, normally, be recent graduates employed in architectural practice. The normal academic qualifications will be to hold at least an upper second class degree in architecture, BSc, and/or a mark of Distinction or Commendation in MArch, or equivalent qualification from other institutions.
Each student, in consultation with the School will define a project of a scale and complexity which is commensurate with the requirements of postgraduate study. The aim is to create a framework within which projects of international scope and significance may be undertaken. These will build upon the School's established links with institutions and practices in Europe and South East Asia. In addition, emphasis will be given to projects located in the City of Cardiff and the South Wales Region. The circumstances of the city and region, whilst unique in many respects, are representative of those encountered of many conurbations throughout Europe where the process of renewal, in the wake of the decline of old industries, poses particular and generic problems of design. In this sense projects based in the region will also assume international relevance.

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