- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 12 months
Personalise your studies and tailor your expertise in architectural design and research. This programme combines architectural theory with a variety of specialist options that outline innovations and contemporary practice.
Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced architect, our MA in Architecture equips you with enhanced specialist skills and knowledge in architectural design.
This highly flexible programme provides a grounding in architectural concepts and research methods and offers a choice of specialist options. You can focus on enhancing your design and technical skills or alternatively pursue a research or design research path in preparation for future PhD study.
Our range of specialisms enable you to personalise your studies to match your interests and experience. From the application of virtual reality and virtual environments, to sustainable design, building information modelling, and environmental assessments.
You can gain real-world experience through studio-based architectural design projects or by completing an optional placement with a research group in the School of Architecture.
There are opportunities to take part in field trips and visit world-leading exhibitions and practices. You will also meet professionals from renowned architectural firms. Specialists from Heatherwick Studio, Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects are regular guests in our design reviews.
Visit the MA Architecture website to see examples of projects undertaken by current students and recent graduates, as well as recent excursions and other activities.
This master’s is suitable for experienced architects, as well as graduates from a design background e.g. Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior/Art Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, or Urban Design, who wish to specialise further in architectural design.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
The module provides an introduction to key architectural concepts, themes and theories that have been influential in the field of architecture globally from 1900 onwards. It also introduces a framework for the understanding of the ongoing discourses in the field. It engages with a wide range of written texts on architectural theory – whether these originate from within architecture or from other disciplines – as well as architectural designs that have been informed by those ideas.
The module aims to provide students with a critical and systematic understanding of the theoretical, practical and technological aspects of Building Information Modelling as a tool, as a process, and as a managerial method. Through a combination of formal lectures, presentations and seminars managed by academic staff and leading practitioners from the AEC industry, students will be able to scrutinise the multi-faceted impact of BIM on the whole project life-cycle based on a thorough understanding of the limitations of traditional project delivery and the several challenges that may restrict full BIM adoption in practice. The module will introduce students to the various concepts and technologies that underpin BIM practice such as nD modelling and maturity levels, common data environment and clouds, data exchange and design coordination, clash detection and model checking, and interoperability and Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs). Students will also get familiar with the national and international BIM standards and will be able to observe the growth of BIM adoption in the UK and worldwide. Furthermore, the module will present BIM as enabling tool/method to support building sustainability and will introduce students to different concepts that are shaping the wider context of BIM and its future potentials such as parametric modelling, digital design, big data and smart cities. The module will be complemented with case studies to show examples of successful BIM implementation within real building projects. The module will introduce students to the case study research, allowing students to investigate the applications of BIM within a real-life project while enhancing their academic writing and research skills.
The aims of this module are: (i) to develop a good understanding of the climate-related data and techniques that are relevant for the sustainable environmental design of buildings; (ii) to demonstrate how such designs should be carried out in a climate sensitive manner; (iii) to explain the role and importance of the microclimate between buildings; (iv) to enable students to select and use appropriate analytical tools and methodologies that can be integrated to show a holistic approach to climate sensitive design that considers climate, sustainable design,choice of materials, energy use and landscape.
Architectural Design 1: the design schemes set in this module are deliberately wide ranging in content to reflect a variety of scales (from urban to small scale) to reflect current issues and debates in the profession and the varying needs of the student cohort.
There are both regulatory and environmental pressures on architects and engineers to develop sustainable building design solutions. There are now a range of environmental assessment techniques that allow buildings to be analysed in terms of their overall sustainable performance. These techniques range from spreadsheet analysis, such as SAP, LEED and BREEAM, to very sopisticated computer modelling software, such as and DesignBuilder and Radiance. The aims of this module are (i) to provide knowledge of the type and range of environmental assessment techniques currently available; (ii) to explore how some of these techniques are used; (iii) to examine how some of these techniques can be employed to enhance the sustainable performance of a building design.
This module is an introduction to parametric modelling tools and digital fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting.
This module aims to help students develop in-depth knowledge on urban design and enhance their design skills to address the complex urban challenges of our age. It intends to prepare students to become creative and problem-solving professionals. To do so, this module will introduce students to a wide range of urban design theories, design principles and processes which underpin the discipline of urban design. Students will have the opportunity to study and debate key issues in urban design, the disciplinary foundations of urban design, various topics about public spaces, the application of urban analytical techniques and methods for practice, as well as urban design governance in relation to the planning system. The module will draw examples or case studies from both the local and international contexts and encourage students to think critically about possible design interventions in different urban environments towards sustainable development and place-making.
With the rapid development of Virtual Reality (VR) and Virtual Environments (VE), costs have now fallen to the point where it is feasible and practical for architects to consider integrating VR/VE in their design workflow. This module aims to give a theoretical and practical grounding in VR and VE to equip students with the tools to use this technology.
Students will be introduced to the historical context of virtual environments and virtual reality, and different related concepts such as augmented reality and mixed reality. They will experience different ways of interacting with the virtual environments through modelling, editing, immersing and walkthroughs.
Students will be able to explore profoundly different VR systems through a comparative study. They will be introduced to various software specialised in advanced 3D modelling, visualisation, and animation, and will be able to practice those software through developing a detailed model for an existing space.
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge about the urban and architectural forms across a vast geographical region, the Islamic world. Examples from both ‘high’ and ‘peripheral’ Islamic traditions are presented in lectures and interactive seminars and workshops, aiming at providing a thorough understanding of both the distinctiveness and diversity of cultures and their established architectural practices. Examples and cases of integrated restoration and rehabilitation within historical contexts, which bring together preservation and developmental approaches, as well as addressing community engagement, are embraced in this module. This module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, academic writing, and time management skills via variable and flexible activities throughout the semester.
This module addresses the need for managing heritage and assessing the international and local factors that affect cultural heritage and its sustainable care and management. This module complements and develops further concepts and approaches outlined in the introductory module and instils methodological approaches and skills to apply heritage management within the context of conservation, architecture and urban design practice. The module equips the students to apply heritage management methods in following modules in semester two.
This module is based on active learning through interactive lectures and workshops. The students will be given the opportunity to apply their learning practically under the same or similar conditions as practitioners outside academia. Students will not only acquire research skills but they will also obtain analytical and interpretative skills of situations and facts towards making appropriate choices and developing effective solutions in relation to heritage management approaches. They will be assessed against both coursework and oral presentation, which give them an opportunity to develop both written and oral literacies.
This module introduces heritage as a complex phenomenon with significant values that play a vital role in all cycles of its life, including our current and future eras across the world. It provides the students with a comprehensive understanding of heritage and conservation policies and practice, and what heritage means; besides understanding how different stakeholders, including, policy makers, architects, planners, local governments, practitioners, international and local/ indigenous communities value it. The students will also be able to demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens by being able to locate, discuss, analyse, and evaluate information from both local and international sources; besides considering issues from a variety of cultural standpoints. The students will be given ownership of their research activities and will have the opportunity to discuss their work in lectures and workshops, some of which will be directed by leading heritage professionals. The module also aims to link rigorous academic practices and methodologies to real world and employment-related scenarios. Additionally, the module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, academic writing, and time management skills via variable and flexible activities throughout the semester.
Assessment is based on a coursework assignment and an oral presentation of the research background and methods, analysis findings and discussions.
Net zero carbon design is a key response to how buildings will reduce their environmental impact and help combat climate change. This module considers developments in the environmental design of buildings, from the vernacular architecture of the past to the 21st Century target of net zero carbon. The module covers key carbon issues, such as embodied carbon, life cycle analysis and the retrofitting of existing buildings. The health of building users is an important factor in sustainable design, and the module reviews indoor conditions and their effects on physical and mental wellbeing. The module will be delivered as lectures (from tutors who are active researchers in net zero carbon design), as workshops, as site visits and as guest talks from practitioners. Assessment will be a detailed case study report (70%) and presentation (30%) of net zero carbon buildings located in two different climate regions.
Research methods training for MA/MSc thesis
A studio based architectural design project which leads on from ARCH711.
This module covers the scientific study of climate change, how building designers can adapt and mitigate against future changes, how future climate data are generated and used in computer simulation programmes.
The module is designed to develop the necessary understanding of the design and management of effective workflows in BIM-enabled collaborative settings. The focus of the module will be to introduce new ways of working, strategies and implementation plans necessary for the successful adoption of BIM on a project and organisational levels. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) will be introduced and its contribution to early collaboration and effective decision making will be discussed and exemplified with real projects on both local and global scales. Students will be introduced to the concepts of data sharing in file-based and model server environments, basics of different models and data formats and interoperability. An important focus will be understanding the necessary information and data flows in different stages of the project and building life cycle. The module will also aim to develop a comprehensive awareness of the BIM requirements by the UK Government and the current global use of BIM as an integrated platform.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake tasks and activities similar to those BIM specialists undertake in real practice, such as presenting the opportunities, obstacles, tasks and activities associated with BIM implementation within collaborative project delivery, and working within groups to provide a BIM implementation plan for a hypothetical project.
This module is a continuation of ARCH729 and will deepen the knowledge gained in parametric modelling tools and fabrication, focusing on interactive/kinetic design, as well as the developement of 1 to 1 prototypes .
The module will introduce students to the cutting-edge technologies utilisable and the state-of-the-art methods applicable to foster the development of the construction industry. It will offer students the opportunity to explore, analyse and scrutinise those innovative technologies and methods, such as Lean construction, modular construction, sustainable construction, digital twins, Internet of Things, and Reality capture.
The students will be able to investigate the technologies, methods and factors that are driving the digital transformation in the construction industry based on a critical understanding of the nature of the construction industry, the typical role of construction managers and the inefficiencies in traditional construction methods.
This module will provide an opportunity to develop hands-on skills and experience in generating both domain-specific and collaborative design models, and merging models for design coordination, and clash detection. Students will be introduced to various 3D BIM packages and develop a comprehensive understanding of working with different BIM models including data sharing, merging information, and interoperability across various BIM and CAD packages aligned with their domain expertise. Students will also be introduced to the legal implications for data sharing.
Besides, the module will offer students the opportunity to experience design-based and experimental research within a team-based research group, and report their work progress and results based on a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of ‘Open BIM’ and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC).
It is now recognised that buildings, through the materials they consume, the waste they generate and the energy they use, are having a major impact upon the environment. Climate change is one manifestation of this impact, and at national and international levels targets are being set for reducing the CO2 emission associated with the built environment. New regulations to meet these targets will influence the ways in which buildings are designed and engineered both today and in the future. This module aims to address these issues by developing an understanding of the principles underpinning environmentally sustainable design and develop skills for more sustainable design practices in areas such as passive design, sustainable construction and low impact building materials.
The module provides students with knowledge of conventional and innovative ways of recording, digitizing, visually presenting and virtually experiencing different heritage assets. These come in different forms and shapes from architectural to archaeological sites and artefacts, and from movable heritage to oral history. Students will produce a fieldwork report, including images and text, or portfolio of digital heritage records, including images and metadata. Therefore, along with digitisation and IT skills specific to heritage contexts, students will acquire heritage drawing, communication and teamwork skills. Hands-on workshops with heritage experts will enhance students’ experience and employability skills. Assessment is based on a coursework assignment consisting of fieldwork report, or portfolio of digital heritage records, and an oral presentation of the findings.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation on an individual, approved topic related to the students degree topic.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a ‘ Research by Design’ thesis which combines a thorough piece of research culminating in a design project. This should respond to current research agendas in the field of architecture, Sustainability, digital design or BIM and in particular the idea of Design as Research. It is expected that the majority of students will work individually but, with the prior agreement of the Director of Studies, students undertaking a Research by Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity. Clear demarcation of individual contributions to the project must be evident in the final submission.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a design thesis with supporting documentation on an approved topic or brief of their choice It is expected that the majority of students will work individually but, with the prior agreement of the Director of Studies, students undertaking a Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity. Clear demarcation of individual contributions to the project must be evident in the final submission.
Teaching methods include lectures, small-group seminars, studio tutorials, group work and guided independent study.
Lectures will typically provide a broad introduction to key topics and debates, while seminars enable particular issues or design challenges to be explored and discussed in greater detail. Studio tutorials will develop your design strategies through small-group teaching led by a tutor.
A range of assessment methods are used on this programme, including essays, presentations, reports, blogs, portfolios, case study research and practical group projects. You’ll also develop a research proposal and complete a dissertation or research design project.
Studio work is formally assessed by a digital portfolio at the end of each semester.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces, including a ‘hi-tech’ design studio, to which you will have 24-hour access.
Our facilities include a Print Media Design Suite, computing labs, workshops, a laser suite, a CNC router room, 3D printers, computing labs and research labs. A team of dedicated technicians will help you to get the most of these facilities and to realise your ideas.
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Although this programme does not carry RIBA/ARB accreditation, you’ll be studying with the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture.
Learning from experts engaged in highly rated international research, your employability will be enhanced through gaining specialist knowledge and putting your skills into practice. You can tailor your module choice to maximise its relevance and suitability to your future career.
You’ll graduate ready for a stimulating and rewarding career in a variety of roles and industries relevant to the built environment.
These include careers in:
You may wish to continue your studies and will find you are well prepared for PhD research.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£10,150|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,350|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate field of study. For example, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior/Art Design, Civil/Structural Engineering or Urban Design. Please contact us if you wish to check whether your degree subject is suitable, however a wide spectrum of subjects are acceptable.
Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on their individual merits and should discuss their particular circumstances with the Programme Director.
A Pre-Master's course, which prepares international students for postgraduate study with us, is offered by the University of Liverpool International College. If you hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent, but don't meet our entry requirements, successfully completing the relevant Pre-Master's pathway means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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