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Architecture

We are a leading school of architecture with a commitment to helping to create a built environment that enhances people’s lives, without destroying the planet for future generations.

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Why study with us

My course was absolutely brilliant. It was not about having to learn; it was all about wanting to learn! During my time at Cardiff University I found the best mentors, the best guides and the will to grow as a person.
Yashika Narula, MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings
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A leading school of architecture

Study in one of the top schools of architecture in the UK in the cosmopolitan capital city of Wales.

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Research excellence

Our research spans the physical sciences, social sciences, humanities and design to foster excellence in key areas of architecture and the built environment.

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Internationally recognised

Our internationally recognised academics work closely with our thriving postgraduate research community on projects such as the UK's first purpose-built, low-cost energy smart house.

Our courses

Postgraduate research programmes

Our research degrees relate to the School’s established reputation in all aspects of sustainability, architectural history and design-led approaches to research.

Postgraduate taught programmes

Our taught courses are designed to be of value both to architectural students as well as many other professions involved in designing, developing and evaluating the built environment.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Our MArch is a unique degree scheme, taken after the Part 1 BSc in Architectural Studies.

Our talks

The Welsh School of Architecture

Dr Wassim Jabi, Head of Recruitment and Admissions, reflects on architecture and its importance in society as well as discussing the diverse range of programmes that are available at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Caroline Almond, MArch 1 Year Chair, and Dr Mhairi McVicar, MArch 2 Year Chair, provide an overview of the Master of Architecture programme and what to expect from years four and five of your studies.

We are the Welsh School of Architecture

Find out about the Welsh School of Architecture, learn about our core values and see what it is like to be part of our School.

Take a studio tour

Explore one of our studios using a 360 tour.

Our facilities

Find out more about the bespoke student facilities at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Our course films

Watch our short course films for more information on the programme that you are interested in.

A short film describing our MA Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, including School community, course details, features and facilities, and employability.

MA Architectural Design

A short film describing our MA Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture, including School community, course details, features and facilities, and employability.

A short film describing our MA in Urban Design  that is jointly run with the School of Geography and Planning.

MA Urban Design at Cardiff University

A short film describing our MA in Urban Design that is jointly run with the School of Geography and Planning.

Professor Sarah Lupton, personal chair and programme director at the Welsh School of Architecture, talks about the Master of Design Administration programme.

Master of Design Administration (MDA)

Professor Sarah Lupton, personal chair and programme director at the Welsh School of Architecture, talks about the Master of Design Administration programme.

A short film describing our MSc Advanced Building Performance Evaluation at the Welsh School of Architecture. (Formerly named Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance).

MSc Advanced Building Performance Evaluation (ABPE)

A short film describing our MSc Advanced Building Performance Evaluation at the Welsh School of Architecture. (Formerly named Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance).

A short film describing our MSc Computational Methods in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

A short film describing our MSc Computational Methods in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture

Sarah O'Dwyer, distance learning tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture, talks about the tools we use on our distance learning MSc Environmental Design of Buildings programme.

MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (Distance Learning)

Sarah O'Dwyer, distance learning tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture, talks about the tools we use on our distance learning MSc Environmental Design of Buildings programme.

A short film describing our CIBSE accredited MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings at the Welsh School of Architecture.

MSc Environmental Design of Buildings

A short film describing our CIBSE accredited MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings at the Welsh School of Architecture.

A short film describing our MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation at the Welsh School of Architecture.

MSc Sustainable Building Conservation

A short film describing our MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation at the Welsh School of Architecture.

A short film describing our CIBSE and CTBUH accredited MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings at the Welsh School of Architecture.

MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings

A short film describing our CIBSE and CTBUH accredited MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings at the Welsh School of Architecture.

I applied for my MSc at Cardiff University because the course offered the interdisciplinary approach to learning I was looking for to challenge myself. The available equipment at the Welsh School of Architecture, including a Kuka robotic arm, 3D printers, and a fully equipped wood workshop, was an added bonus. Cardiff as a city is also a very welcoming place and definitely student friendly.
Aileen Hoenerloh, MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

WSA On Display: Summer Exhibition 2020

Our virtual exhibition will give you the opportunity to view a variety of work produced by our diverse range of courses over the last year. The exhibition has been curated by our students and showcases a varying portfolio of work in response to a rich research agenda, demonstrating architectural reactions to real world issues and contexts.

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A safe campus experience for 2020/21

We're putting protective measures in place to ensure your time with us is safe and enjoyable during these unprecedented times.

Funding your studies

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Browse our accommodation

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Student support

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