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Why study with us

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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.

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

Courses

Architectural Design (MA)

Full time

This one year full-time MA in Architectural Design is aimed at students who are looking for a rich, engaging and design-focused post-graduate programme which focuses on the multiple facets and relationships between design and research.

Architectural Studies (MArch)

Full time work-based

This is a two-year programme that takes graduates to an advanced level of architectural design. It satisfies Part 2 of the UK professional qualification for architects, and is approved by the RIBA and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Architecture: Professional Practice (PgDip)

Full time blended learning, Full time distance learning, Part time blended learning, Part time distance learning

On this programme, students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession.

Computational Methods in Architecture (MSc)

Full time

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom-software development tools to solve unique design problems.

Environmental Design of Buildings (1yr Distance Learning) (MSc)

Full time distance learning

Gain knowledge and expertise to specialise in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues.

Environmental Design of Buildings (2yr DL) (MSc)

Part time distance learning

Gain knowledge and expertise to specialise in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues.

Environmental Design of Buildings (3 year Distance Learning) (MSc)

Part time distance learning

Gain knowledge and expertise to specialise in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues.

Environmental Design of Buildings (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Gain knowledge and expertise to specialise in the design of comfortable and healthy environments in and around buildings, regardless of climate, and with due regard to sustainable issues.

Master of Design Administration ((MDA) (Distance))

Full time distance learning, Part time distance learning

The aim of this programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the management and legal aspects of design, and the skills necessary to successfully administer the procurement of design services and building projects.

Master of Design Administration (MDA)

Full time blended learning, Part time blended learning

The aim of this programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the management and legal aspects of design, and the skills necessary to successfully administer the procurement of design services and building projects.

Sustainable Building Conservation (MSc)

Full time, Part time

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) accredited course aims to be unique amongst schools in Britain.

Sustainable Mega-Buildings (MSc)

Full time, Part time

This programme focuses on principles of sustainable planning, design and performance of large-scale and high-rise buildings and provides graduates with excellent career opportunities.

Urban Design (MA)

Full time

Run in conjunction with the Welsh School of Architecture, this course enables students to learn by deploying design, theory, and development and design control practices, which inform urban design processes.

Architecture (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in architecture and other areas of building design, academia and the building industry.

Creative Practice in Architecture (PhD) (PhD)

Full-time, part-time

This programme is aimed at design professionals who wish to advance their discipline through the act of practice and within the workplace.

Our talks

Postgraduate study at the Welsh School of Architecture

Find out what to expect from postgraduate study at the Welsh School of Architecture from Dr Sam Clark, Director of Recruitment and Admissions.

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.

Postgraduate research at the Welsh School of Architecture

Find out more about postgraduate research at the Welsh School of Architecture from Dr Vicki Stevenson, Director of Postgraduate Research.

Our School

Our School has an outstanding international reputation as a centre for built environment research and design. We pride ourselves on producing highly employable graduates who can apply expertise, rigour and imagination to architectural and design challenges across the world. Explore our facilities, School and research and take a look at some of our current postgraduate student projects in our online exhibition to learn more about what it is like to be part of a vibrant, collaborative school of architecture with a strong studio culture.

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.

Welsh School of Architecture - our facilities

The Welsh School of Architecture’s iconic Grade II listed Bute building has undergone an extensive renovation to incorporate new bespoke facilities including larger studio spaces, a Hybrid Studio, a Living lab and an Exhibition Hall. This new film showcases the building’s new look, taking viewers on a journey guided by current students and their experiences of studying in the school.

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Our facilities

Find out more about the facilities available to staff and students at the Welsh School of Architecture.

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WSA on Display exhibition

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.

Studio work

Take a studio tour

Explore one of our studios using a 360 tour.

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SAWSA - Architecture Society

SAWSA is the leading student community at Cardiff University for those interested in the fields of architecture and design.

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

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.

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.

Professor Wassim Jabi provides further information on the MSc in Computational Methods in Architecture programme at the Welsh School of Architecture.

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

Professor Wassim Jabi provides further information on the MSc in Computational Methods in Architecture programme 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.

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