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Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture (MArch) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate taught programme in architecture.

Course overview

Study Master of Architecture at Liverpool, this RIBA accredited programme promotes creativity, innovation, imagination and experimentation. Look into the heart of the Urban Landscape and understand just what is possible.

Introduction

Our MArch Programme provides an environment for intellectual discussion about current architectural and cultural discourses. We promote creativity, innovation, imagination and experimentation in our studios, where we integrate research by design methods, hands-on seminars and the inclusion of various new technologies, media and formats in the design process.

Our tutors have strong research and professional backgrounds, which grants our students competence and confidence in all areas of the profession and scales of intervention, from urban design to the technical development of the building. Our design schemes explore both local and international issues. Working with real projects in the UK context allows input from national stakeholders to the briefing and review process.

By tackling international issues we reinforce global citizenship, acknowledge the international nature of our cohorts and develop the skills to work in different contexts on site and remotely. Our successful international field trips, design competitions, collaborations with different universities and the diverse range of our exchange programme further support this vision.

 

What you'll learn

  • Urban Design: Theory & Practice
  • Growing influences of the contemporary city
  • The importance of practice management
  • Requirements of contract law
  • Sustainabilty in practice
  • Working towards a tectonic resolution.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

The programme builds towards the Dissertation and Design Thesis, where students will produce a major piece of work in response to their own brief and personal interests. The broad range of design investigations provides a stimulating and highly rewarding learning experience, and the freedom allowed in the programme enables the student to develop a personal perspective towards design, which frequently informs their professional career. We’ve a very generous offering of prizes for students performing strongly in areas of our MArch degree.

Focusing on the relationship between architecture and the contemporary city. Architectural design is supported by lectures, seminars and carefully planned individual and group work.

Modules will cover urban design, professional practice, research methods and contemporary approaches to technology to also complement the work in the studio.

Compulsory modules

DESIGN A (ARCH401)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Architectural Design Studio – Critical Position

DESIGN B (ARCH402)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Architectural Design Studio – Urban Response

DESIGN C (ARCH403)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Architectural Design Studio

DESIGN D (ARCH404)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Architectural Design Studio – Detail

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT & CONTRACT LAW (ARCH405)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Students are encouraged to participate and discuss their experience of the relevant issues in relation to architectural practice, from which feedback is also sought as a contribution to original data utilised for scholarship purposes (which is then incorporated into next years syllabus). The message of the module is that running an efficient office provides more design time.

Sustainability in Practice (ARCH410)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

For this module students will evaluate the implications of construction and management in sustainable design. More specifically they will be taught how construction and management now form an essential element of sustainable design for real world scenarios.  In this module students will be required to attend a weekly  2-hour lecture . Each lecture will be held in lecture theatres and will be a mixture of formal presentations and group based exercises. 

Humanities and Research Methods (ARCH480)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Research methods training for M.Arch dissertation

URBAN DESIGN: THEORY AND PRACTICE (ARCH406)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

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.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide. Choose to spend a year at XJTLU in China or a year or semester at an institution of your choice.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Your experience

Day-to-day teaching takes place in the School of the Arts, an ornate Georgian property located on the historic Abercromby Square. Students will also have the chance to thrive in our Royal Institute of British Architexts (RIBA) award-winning studio spaces that stimulate creativity and reflect the working environment of architects in practice.

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What students say...

The ambition the school of architecture has is unmatched by any other in the U.K – and it shows.

Kuda Mushangi, BA (Hons) Architecture 2017, MArch Master of Architecture 2020

Careers and employability

Our graduates have an excellent record of employment in both internationally renowned offices and small-scale specialist practices.

95% of architecture students agree their main activity after graduation is meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Recent employers

  • Arup
  • BDP
  • Foster + Partners
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hodder + Partners
  • Rosenbergs Arkitekter, Stockholm
  • Shedkm
  • Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Union North
  • Wilkinson Eyre.

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

UK fees
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £25,650
Fees stated are for the 2022-23 academic year and may rise for 2023-24.

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes costs for model making, printing and materials. From year two in our BA programme to year five in our MArch programme, there are also optional international fieldtrips that incur additional costs ranging between £100-400.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes costs for model making, printing and materials. From year two in our BA programme to year five in our MArch programme, there are also optional international fieldtrips that incur additional costs ranging between £100-400.

Students should expect to cover the following costs during their studies.

  • Year one: £25 model making, £50 printing, £75 materials
  • Year two: £50 model making, £50 printing, £50 materials. There is also an optional overseas fieldtrip at a cost of £100.
  • Year three: £50 model making, £50 printing, £50 materials. There is also an optional overseas fieldtrip at a cost of £250.
  • Year four: £100 model making, £50 printing, £50 materials. There is also an optional overseas fieldtrip at a cost of £400.
  • Year five: £150 model making, £50 printing, £50 materials. There is also an optional overseas fieldtrip at a cost of £400.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Subject requirements

To be offered a place on the programme, you will normally need to have a BA or BSc degree (with Honours) in Architecture at 2.1 level or above. Candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered on their individual merits and should discuss their particular circumstances with the Programme Director and the Admissions Officer.

All applicants must have RIBA Part 1 as a pre-requisite. Applicants from non-accredited schools must have a 1st Class classification and submit a portfolio consisting of 10 pages of images from their final year project.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

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Alternative entry requirements

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