Architecture MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will normally need to have a 2:1 Bachelors degree (with Honours) or better in an appropriate field of study.
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Module details

You must choose ONE of ARCH721, ARCH722, and ARCH723. You will only study one of these modules, not all three. 

Compulsory modules

Research Methodology (ARCH707)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to equip the student with the key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation or design thesis at postgraduate level in architecture, with visiting lecturers describing their own research and dissertation preparation and methods, with the overall aim of assisting students to select, define and launch their dissertation/thesis projects.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Setting up and managing a research project

(LO2) Identifying a topic and understanding the stages of developing and conducting a research project.

(LO3) Using bibliographies, referencing, citations and quotations

(LO4) Understanding the principles of preparing and performing an effective oral presentation

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Time and project management - Project planning

(S3) Research skills - All information skills

(S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

Architectural Theories From 1900 to the Present (ARCH712)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to introduce a broad framework of architectural concepts, themes and theories that have influenced the field of architecture globally from 1900 to the present. This framework can then serve as the critical foundation for design modules as well as the final 60-credit design project or dissertation.

The module also aims to introduce study, research and writing skills and methodologies and to link rigorous academic practices to real world and employment-related scenarios. Finally, the module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, teamwork and time management skills via a variable and flexible seminar series and multiple activities throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Identify a range of theories that have been influential in the field of architecture from 1900 onwards.

(LO2) Recognise and discuss the significance and evolution of key concepts and themes and how these reflect the development of architectural trends from 1900 onwards.

(LO3) Evaluate the content and different perspectives of various written architectural sources.

(LO4) Research, situate historically, critique and present visually and verbally – orally and in writing – the relationship of specific theories to relevant built or unbuilt architectural projects or to the oeuvre of an architect or an architectural practice.

(LO5) Plan and manage a written project.

(LO6) Prepare a well-documented, referenced and appropriately illustrated academic essay.

(LO7) Use well-documented and referenced research in a shorter written format appropriate for real life or employment-related purposes.

(S1) Reading, research and writing skills.

(S2) Critical thinking skills.

(S3) Visual and verbal communication skills.

(S4) Teamwork skills.

(S5) Time management skills.

Thesis : Dissertation (ARCH721)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation OR to submit a design thesis with supporting documentation on an approved topic or brief of their choice. The second of these alternatives responds to current research agendas in the field of architecture, sustainability, digital design or BIM.

To develop and practice academic skills in identifying a research topic, formulating a research design, managing the extended research process and achieving milestones, and drawing relevant policy conclusions from the research findings.

To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of literature.

To develop analytical skills and critical thinking on current research issues.

To develop writing, presentation and bibliographic skills in preparing and submitting a high quality, fully-referenced dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To identify an appropriate research topic that can be investigated and reported on through sources of information that be in the form of written and/or design output.

(LO2) To manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time.

(LO3) To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in a chosen subject area.

(LO4) To form independent and objective views on issues in a specialised subject area.

(LO5) To produce a well-written, clearly presented consistently referenced and properly formatted Dissertation.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

(S6) Research skills - All Information skills.

Thesis: Research By Design (ARCH722)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To carry out a specific piece of research on a self selected topic and to develop a designed object that is derived directly from it.

To develop and practice academic skills in identifying a current design problem, formulating an analysis strategy, managing the design process and drawing relevant conclusions from the design project and response to any research findings.

To develop the idea of an design in the widest sense as a vehicle to apply research study and information drawn from appropriate literature.

To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of design precedent and literature.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The module is intended to allow students:

To identify an appropriate research topic that can be investigated and reported on through sources of information that be in the form of written and/or design output.

(LO2) To design an effective project using appropriate methods (e.g. literature review, case study) and techniques that is derived directly from and satisfies the researched topic.

(LO3) To manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time.

(LO4) To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in a chosen subject area.

(LO5) To form independent and objective views on issues in a specialised subject area.

(LO6) To produce a well-written, clearly presented consistently referenced and properly formatted Research Report and a well-conceived, appropriate, well-supported and well-executed design project that is derived from the research.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

Thesis: Design (ARCH723)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop and practice academic skills in identifying a current design problem, formulating an analysis strategy, managing the design process and drawing relevant conclusions from the design project and response to any research findings.

To develop the idea of an architectural design as a vehicle to apply research study and information drawn from architectural literature.

To develop a deeper understanding in depth of a relevant body of design precedent and literature.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To identify an appropriate research topic that can be investigated and reported on through sources of information that be in the form of written and/or design output.

(LO2) To design an effective project using appropriate methods (e.g. literature review, case study) and techniques.

(LO3) To manage the research process effectively within given resources and meeting milestones on time.

(LO4) To gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic in a chosen subject area.

(LO5) To form independent and objective views on issues in a specialised subject area.

(LO6) To produce a well-conceived, appropriate, well-supported and well-executed design project or agreed product.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

Optional modules

Virtual Environments for Architecture (ARCH708)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To give students the history and background to Virtual Reality and virtual environments and its role both in society and in an architectural design context.

To give students the opportunity to learn and develop practical VR tools.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of how Virtual Reality can be used as an integral part of the design process.

(LO2) development of software skills to produce VR /VE.

(LO3) The development of the ability to structure, analyse and report on an area of investigation.

(LO4) documentation of the process in the form of a wiki on VITAL.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Organisational skills.

(S3) IT skills.

(S4) Communication skills.

MA Design 1 (ARCH711)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to critically engage students with a current architectural topic and, through research and tutorials undertaken both in groups and individually, develop a design for a given topic or brief. Students submit drawings, written reports and models that are presented to a review panel made up of staff and other students for open forum discussion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students should demonstrate a developing design agenda, an awareness of current architectural matters and the ability to resolve a given brief.

(LO2) The ability to resolve a brief, prepare a design strategy and concept that relates to and satisfies the ambitions of a given project.

(LO3) The ability to select and utilise appropriate visual, oral, written and other graphic methods to effectively communicate complex architectural theories and designs.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

(S4) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

MA Design 2 (ARCH713)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

The module aims to critically engage students with a current architectural topic and through research and tutorials undertaken both in groups and individually, develop a design for a given topic or brief. The module builds on the semester 1 module 'Design 1' and is concerned with designing in an urban environment.

Students submit drawings, written reports and models that are presented to a review panel made up of staff and other students for open forum discussion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate a developing design agenda and, an awareness of current architectural matters.

(LO2) The ability to analyses a site and its context and incorporate conclusions into the design resolution.

(LO3) The ability to select and utilise appropriate visual, oral, written and other graphic methods to effectively communicate complex architectural theories and designs.

(LO4) The ability to resolve a brief, prepare a design strategy and concept that relates to and satisfies the ambitions of a given project.

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Communication skills

(S5) IT skills

(S6) International awareness

(S7) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

Climatic Design for Sustainable Architecture (ARCH716)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module students should have developed the skillsand understanding necessary to successfully undertake the followingtasks:• The design of buildings and their surroundings optimised withrespect to climate, environmental and energy issues.• The acquisition and subsequent analysis of climate information anddata in a way that informs design decisions in a successful andappropriate manner• The appraisal of building schemes from a holistic environmentaldesign point of view and the use of a variety of relevantenvironmental assessment techniques to analyse criticallyproposed and built design solutions.

Environmental Assessment Techniques (ARCH717)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts in environmental assessment.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the use of building environmental modelling software.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate an awareness of how assessment techniques can inform sustainale design decisions.

Sustainable Environmental Design (ARCH718)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to develop 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 recognisese that sustainable development is not limited not only to environmental considerations but also to the establishment of a social, economical and cultural balance - hence, some time is spent considering the eco-refurbishment of existing buildings within their traditonal communities. The module will take the form of a series of lectures and design studio tutorials that will introduce basic principles and examples of good practice. For the assignment students will be expected to derive a design solution and an environmental strategy for a building type and site, and demonstrate both at a strategic and technological level.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Develop an understanding of the principles underpinning environmentally sustainable design in the wider context of sustainable development.

(LO2) Develop sustainable design skills through the completion of a comprehensive building design project that is based on clear environmental design strategies and sustainable architecture principles.

(LO3) Develop an ability to conduct an environmental assessment of own design project according to well established assessment  tools.

(LO4) Develop drawing, model making and oral skills for clear communication and presentation of ideas in reviews.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

Designing for A Changing Climate (ARCH719)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of this module are (i) to provide an introduction to the physical basis of climate change; (ii) to discuss how a changing climate might impact upon the built environment; (iii) to consider what adaptation and mitigation actions can be taken to reduce this impact; (iv) to develop an understanding of how climate-resilient buildings can be designed.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the basis and impact of climate change

(LO2) Relate this knowledge and understanding to the built environment

(LO3) Apply this knowledge and understanding to a specific building design project

(LO4) Analyse, using appropriate tools, how effective the design project performs for future climates

(S1) Research skills

(S2) Information and digital literacies

(S3) Employability skills

Low and Zero Carbon Energy Systems (ARCH720)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aims of this modules are:
(i) to provide an introduction to trends in global energy consumption;
(ii) to describe a range of low and zero carbon energy systems;
(iii) to discuss the technology and performance of some specific low and zero carbon energy technologies;
(iv) to consider the costs, benefits, barriers and impacts of using low and zero carbon energy systems in the built environment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of low and zero carbon energy systems.

(LO2) Students will be able to relate this knowledge and understanding to the application of low and zero carbon energy systems in the built environment for sites around the world.

(LO3) Students will be able to apply this knowledge and understanding to building design projects.

(LO4) Students will be able to analyse, using appropriate tools, how effectively a number of low and zero carbon energy options perform in buildings in different locations and climates around the world.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

Theory of Bim and Integrated Project Delivery (ARCH724)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to familiarize students with the technology, methods and processes underlying the development and implementation of Building 21 Information Modelling as a tool for integrated design and project delivery.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Recognis eand critically appraise the role of BIM and Integrated Design and Project Delivery.

(LO2) Explain the opportunities and challenges of BIM for all stakeholders.

(LO3) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the use of existing BIM tools and methodology in current industry and the underlying technical, social, managerial and organisational implications.

(LO4) Demonstrate an informed awareness of interoperability and data exchange standards.

(LO5) Critically appraise the implementation of BIM in different cultural contexts and at different scales.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

(S5) Demonstrate a high level of interdependent research, design and problem solving skills.

(S6) Demonstrate a high level competence in critical appraisal of collaborative design and construction processes and tools.

(S7) Achieve a high level understanding of BIM standards, tools and techniques.

(S8) Achieve competence in appraising theoretical and methodological concepts in Integrated Project Design and Delivery in Architecture and Construction industry.

Managing Collaborative Workflows for Bim (ARCH725)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Provide a critical appreciation and appraisal of various methods/techniques that are used to model, exchange and negotiate design and construction information and share data in BIM environments, through the life cycle of the buildings.

Provide a critical awareness of the various methods and techniques to utilise BIM as an integrated platform and communication media for design, construction, maintenance and operations of buildings.  

Appreciation of various techniques associated with optioneering to negotiate and achieve design and construction solutions which fulfil the clients’ and end-users’ requirements within the budget and schedule.  

A critical understanding of how BIM software can be used to share data and information in different software tools in the design, construction and maintenance processes as well as a decision support media to improve the quality and decrease the investment and life cycle costs of buildings.

An informed awareness of current technical, process and business model issues and debates regarding the integrated use of BIM in the construction industry.

The module will introduce the students to various methods and techniques to utilize BIM in collaborative projects including requirements management, design, construction and commissioning.

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 of the necessary information and data flows in different stages of the project life cycle.

The module will also aim to develop a comprehensive awareness of the BIM requirements by the UK Government and current global use of BIM as an integrated platform.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of how BIM can be used as an integrated platform between different domains and tasks in design and construction projects and in the use and maintenance of buildings.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the methods used to exchange and share data and information throughout the project and building life cycle to provide objective information on choices.

(LO3) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the tools and processes associated with the articulation of performance targets and strategies which are updated throughout the process by the design, construction and maintenance teams.

(LO4) Demonstrate an informed awareness of how various BIM tools can be used in integrated project environment.

(LO5) Demonstrate a critical awareness of the multidisciplinary dimensions of design, construction and maintenance processes.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

Nd Modelling With Bim (ARCH726)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to enable the students with the fundamental skills, competences and awareness of working with BIM packages and generating and sharing n-dimensional information and models across disciplines for a fully integrated project delivery.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of n-Dimensional modelling through the use of BIM.

(LO2) Demonstrate a critical appreciation and awareness of the technical and legal requirements for an effective use and sharing of data and information within and across disciplines.

(LO3) Demonstrate an informed awareness of the data/information needs associated with different phases of a project across stakeholders.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

(S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

(S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning.

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

(S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual.

(S6) Demonstrate a high level of hands-on skills and experience in working with multi-disciplinary design and information models.

(S7) Demonstrate a high level competence in critical appraisal of issues related to data/information management through BIM.

(S8) Demonstrate a high level competence and awareness of working with BIM technologies for generating and sharing n-Dimensional information through 2D/3D models and documents across disciplines.

Virtual Environments for Architecture Project (ARCH727)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To gain experience of the practical application of VR/VE in a design studio situation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The application of VR/VE technology in a practical studio design project.

(LO2) Documenting and presentation of the design process to an expert audience through a wiki on VITAL.

(LO3) Evaluation of VR/VE as an integral part of the design process.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Adaptability.

(S3) IT skills.

(S4) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication 1 (ARCH729)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To gain knowledge in the use of parametric modelling tools digital/fabrication techniques and apply them in the design and production of a prototype component.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and application of parametric tools.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate basic knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

(S1) Basic knowledge and application of parametric tools.

(S2) Basic knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(S3) Ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(S4) Ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication 2 (ARCH730)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To deepen the knowledge of parametric modelling and digital fabrication techniques.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of parametric tools/fabrication techniques.

(LO2) Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to present and communicate design and fabrication demonstrate ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(LO4) Students will be able to demonstrate advanced ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to meteriality.

(S1) Advanced knowledge and application of parametric tools/fabrication techniques.

(S2) Advanced knowledge and application of digital fabrication techniques.

(S3) Ability to present and communicate design and fabrication process.

(S4) Advanced ability to apply digital fabrication techniques in relation to materiality.

Urban Design (ARCH731)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce students to the origin, theories and key design principles of urban design; To engage students in debates on current issues and challenges faced in the discipline and wider urban environment;   To promote understanding of the design context for practice and the ways through which urban design theories, principles and best practice examples can be translated into local practice; To encourage students to think critically about urban interventions in the complex system of cities locally and globally for long-term sustainability and place-making;   To provide the opportunity for students to understand and familiarise themselves with a wide range of urban analytical techniques and methods which would benefit their master-planning studio;   To develop students’ understanding of the policy role of urban design, its implementation through the planning system and general issues about design governance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) After this module, students should be able to understand the key theories and principles of urban design and their influence on or applications to practice.

(LO2) Students should be able to critically discuss current issues and challenges faced in urban design in their local area.

(LO3) Students should be aware of  broader urban issues and challenges faced by other cities globally, not only in the Western context, but also in the global south.

(LO4) Students should be able to apply a variety of urban analytical techniques and methods in their practice for sustainable development and place-making.

(LO5) Students should be able to understand the process and role of urban design governance and its relationship with the planning system.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

(S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S4) Literacy, application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy – including listening and questioning.