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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 plus provide a portfolio of design work.

Portfolios should contain a balance of academic and professional work, with a distinct focus on final/graduation project(s) from your RIBA Part 1 (or equivalent) architectural studies. Work produced within a practice context should be presented in a way that clearly identifies your individual contribution/authorship.

Other work may be included, for example, a design competition, life drawings or other creative practice outputs. We look for holistic approaches to design and integrated architectural projects especially i.e. projects that bring together architectural design with technology and theory. Selection is based on your qualifications, portfolio and personal statement.


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. Other architectural accreditations will be considered on a case by case basis. 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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