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Architectural Studies (MArch)

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Mode: Full time work-based

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Deadline date

The deadline date for application is 30 June.

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Why study this course

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).

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A leading school of architecture

Study in one of the top schools of architecture in the UK.

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Professionally accredited

This course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level.

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Professional placement year

Available as a two year full-time course with the first year mainly spent in an architectural practice.

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Access to leading expertise

Learn from our academic staff and experienced tutors from leading UK architectural practices who have specialisms in a wide range of areas.

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We're committed to delivering programmes that are innovative and relevant, providing the best learning outcomes and career prospects for our students. In light of this, we're currently reviewing some elements of this programme. As such, the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. You can still apply now. We'll update this page and contact all offer holders when the review is complete to confirm any changes.

Where you'll study

Welsh School of Architecture

We aim to make the world a better place through contextually sensitive, sustainable and beautiful architecture.

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  • MarkerKing Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB

Admissions criteria

Academic requirements
Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in BSc Architectural Studies awarded by Cardiff University 
  • a RIBA Part I recognised qualification from your first degree with 2:1 honours
  • or an equivalent qualification which carries an exemption from Part I of the RIBA.

English Language requirements
IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

Other essential requirements
You will also need to provide a portfolio of your artwork to include, for example, architectural drawings, other types of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, product design, or any other work in visual design. You can include as many images as you like, but please make sure they are clear and do justice to your work. The portfolio should be A4 or letter-sized pages of content and uploaded to your application as a PDF document no larger than 10 MB in size.

Application deadline
We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.
 
Selection process
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, including portfolio review, we will make you an offer.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

You will spend the first year in an architectural practice, which has been approved by the School, and undertake study and design modules remotely. You will make a number of return visits to the School for short courses.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Design in PracticeAR440160 credits
Research PreparationAR440220 credits
Reflective PracticeAR440340 credits

Year two

In your second year you will undertake project work and complete your dissertation.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Design ThesisAR500180 credits
DissertationAR500230 credits
Practice, Management and EconomicsAR500310 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Students in the Master of Architecture
We encourage independent and collaborative project work in our studios, as well as peer discussion..

Tuition fees for 2022 entry

Students from the UK

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,000 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £23,450 None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

We will provide any equipment that is essential to the course. However, we recommend that you bring a laptop computer with appropriate software (e.g. word processing), USB or a hard drive, general stationary and some basic drawing equipment.

We provide you with student licenses for most of the specialist simulation software we use on the course, however we can currently only guarantee that these work on computers with a Windows operating system.

During the course, you will have access to the specialist Architecture Library, and other University libraries, and study spaces across campus. Within the School, you may work in our design studios, use our computing suites, and use our facilities which include large-format plotters, a digital laser cutter and a well-equipped workshop.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Career prospects

The majority of our graduates proceed to a career in architectural practice, and are found in many of the top practices in the UK and across the world.

However, career paths for our graduates also include urban design, teaching and research as well as architectural practice. Other employers of our graduates include architects’ practices, building energy consultants, town planning departments, construction companies and some universities. Some graduates proceed to higher research degrees such as MPhils or PhDs.

After completing our MArch in Architecture and gaining further experience in practice, you may wish to undertake a Part 3 qualification [link to PGDip/MA in Professional Studies if possible], successful completion of which will enable you to register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and therefore use the title ‘architect’ in the UK.

Funding

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.