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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a unique degree scheme, taken after the Part 1 BSc in Architectural Studies.

MArch studies

It satisfies Part 2 of the UK professional qualification for architects, and is approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The first year of the MArch – the year of education in practice – is spent predominantly in architectural practice. It includes three short courses held in the School and has a modular structure of associated coursework.

The second year of the MArch is spent full-time in the School and takes students to an advanced level of architectural design. It offers an intense and lively forum for the exploration and discussion of issues in contemporary architecture and also includes courses in building economics and professional practice.

How to apply

You will need to complete a postgraduate application form and provide a portfolio of your artwork.

The portfolio should concisely represent and communicate imaginative and conceptual thinking, spatial sensibility, technical resolution and overall communication of ideas as well as written work such as essays, reflective statements and dissertations.

Portfolios should contain a balance of academic work, focused primarily on final year work as well as referenced work from any practice experience. When submitting the portfolio of your work it will need to be in PDF format, and not to exceed 10MB in size. We are unable to accept links to portfolios.

Selection is based on qualifications and a portfolio but it may also involve an interview.

All applications for the academic year 2021/2 should be made by Wednesday 30 June 2021. Applications received after this deadline cannot be accepted.


Welsh School of Architecture graduates

Graduates must normally have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in BSc in Architectural Studies awarded by Cardiff University

Graduates from another School

If you are entering from another School, you would normally need at least a 2:1 class degree or equivalent qualification which carries exemption from the Part 1 of the RIBA, ARB or LAM. In all cases, a strong design portfolio is a requisite.

We will consider candidates from other schools with overall classifications of 2:2 who have exceptionally strong grades in design modules at degree level (high 2:1 and above), so students who believe themselves to be in this category are welcome to apply.

Applications from prospective students will not be considered until we have received both the application form and the portfolio.


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Dr Steve Coombs

Dr Steve Coombs

Director of Undergraduate Teaching | Year 5 chair

+44 (0)29 2087 5972

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