Master of Architecture MArch

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 24 months  
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You'll need a 2.1 Bachelors degree (with Honours) or better. All applicants must have RIBA part 1 as pre-requisite.
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Module details

Compulsory modules

Design A (ARCH401)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Following successful completion of Part 1 and/or professional practice, the aim of this module is to introduce students to graduate level architectural design, following their year in professional practice. It contains in miniature all of the key elements of the MArch design agenda, including a short exercise in urban analysis and the complete design of a medium-sized building.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The learning outcomes for the project are to acquire and demonstrate skills in:

Immediate site and contextual analysis.

(LO2) Conceptual development through the understanding of a range of design methods.

(LO3) Developing architecture into “appropriate” detail, emphasising the central role of technology, and appropriate representation at every stage.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

Design B (ARCH402)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The intention in this module is to develop aspects of the individual urban buildings designed in the course of Arch401 to a detailed tectonic resolution. Design staff will collaborate with specialists to provide technical support.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will have demonstrated:

  • the ability to design, plan and detail a realisable building of medium complexity
  • the ability to make informed decisions on structures, materials and provision of environmental services
  • gained knowledge of the energy implications of their design decisions
  • gained knowledge of the building regulations and their impact on the student''s design.
Sustainable Construction and Management (ARCH410)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

1) S tudents will evaluate the implications of construction and management in sustainable design. 2) Students will have an un derstanding of the common construction techniques. 3) Students will examin e the p racticalities and implications of sustainable construction and management and analyse current practice for commercial developments. 4) Students will appreciate the impact that sustainable construction and management have on b uilding design. 5) Students will appreciate the environmental impact of specification choice. 6) Students will understand the princip les of environmental comfort and link with sustainable design. 7) Students will evaluate the role of the architect in creating a sustainable building and more specifically the financial implications.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be able to assess design, economic and sustainability implications of sustainable design and construction on a whole life basis.

(LO2) Students will be able to make value judgements and develop optimal solutions by considering what options are realistic in the current market.

(LO3) Students will be able to identify and develop alternative strategies based upon passive design methods.

(LO4) Students will be able to develop design strategies and technical solutions to design structural and environmental problems.

(LO5) Students will be able to understand the impact of climate change on design solutions.

(S1) Ability to critically analyse construction and management

(S2) Industry ready knowledge of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

(S3) Clear understanding of how sustainable design can be achieved

Research Methods in Architecture (ARCH480)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module examines key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation in architecture. It consists of a series of lectures, seminars and exercises. As well as, staff and final year student presentations about their own research, dissertation preparation and methods. With the overall aim of assisting students to select, define and launch their dissertation projects.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Topics include:

How to identify a topic and understand the stages of developing and conducting a research project.

(LO2) An introduction to a variety of research methods used in architectural research.

(LO3) How to set up and manage a research project.

(LO4) How to use bibliographies, referencing, citations and quotations.

(LO5) 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.

Design C (ARCH403)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to graduate level of urban analysis and design, resulting in the manifestation of an urban strategy and the formulation of a project brief, which will form the basis module ARCH404.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The learning outcomes for the project are to acquire and demonstrate skills in:

Urban analysis and its recording.

(LO2) Critical thinking.

(LO3) The manipulation of information towards formulation of urban strategy.

(LO4) The identifying and addressing issues of sustainable development within an urban environment.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

Design D (ARCH404)
Level1
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module is a further development of the previous module (ARCH403). Students will carry forward their investigations by developing an urban site/building of medium complexity. The central objective of the project is to develop a building up to comprehensive level of resolution. As this project progresses, students are expected to revisit and build upon some of the conceptual lessons learnt in ARCH403.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of this module students will have learned to demonstrate the ability:

To formulate for an urban site appropriate design brief.

(LO2) Produce a coherent set of drawings, models and other modes of visualisation that adequately presents their project.

(LO3) To develop an urban architectural project with technological and conceptual rigour.

(LO4) To use and manipulate information generated in earlier urban analysis.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading.

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification.

Practice Management & Contract Law (ARCH405)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to provide students with the basic skills and understanding needed to run a small architectural practice, together with the legal and regulatory framework within which a small practice operates, and key relationships with other professionals.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have an understanding of the basic principles of architectural practice management and the regulatory, financial, organisational and procedural factors related to running a design practice.

(LO2) Students will have an understanding of the inter-relationships of individuals and organisations involved in the procurement and delivery of architectural projects, and how these are defined and effected through a variety of contractual and organisational structures.

(LO3) Students will have an understanding of contract law as relevant to the design and delivery of architectural projects.

(LO4) Students will have an understanding of the ethical and professional duties and responsibilities of architects, as defined and described in the Codes and Standards relating to their professional practice.

(LO5) Students will have an ability to identify and manage their individual learning needs so as to maintain professional standards.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving, including problem identification.

Urban Design: Theory and Practice (ARCH406)
Level1
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 the debates of 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 will be able to understand the key theories and principles of urban design and their influence on or applications to practice.

(LO2) Students will 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 will be able to apply a variety of urban analytical techniques and methods in their practice for sustainable development and place-making.

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

(S1) Communication skills.

(S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

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

(S4) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professional/citizens; locate, dicusss, 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.

Dissertation (ARCH504)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The dissertation aims to provide an opportunity for students to explore an aspect of Architecture (and closely-related fields, such as Urban Studies, Planning, Art, Computer Aided Design, etc.) systematically and in detail, and to present their findings in an academic way. The exploration is important, but so are the skills in academic writing.

Students will utilise appropriate analytical techniques with appropriate reflection and insight, and analyse and synthesise complex narratives, debates, ideas and theories and present their findings coherently in a succinct and clear manner. The dissertation will be a well-presented, well-structured written document that has met a clear set of aims and objectives. Academic integrity and quality of independent thinking are important. Due consideration should be given to research ethics, including where necessary, an application for University approval.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Ability to investigate an aspect of architecture or closely related fields

(LO2) Ability to report their findings in a coherent and appropriate form

(LO3) Ability to prepare a well-documented, and referenced report, or an equivalent presentation using contemporary media in a rigorous fashion

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Research skills - All information skills.

Design Studies (ARCH500)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module aims to explore in detail a changing current issue in contemporary architectural design. Visiting tutors engaged in professional practice or academia bring an external (often international) perspective to the area of study. A theme associated with a specific building type (e.g. education, healthcare, housing, commerce) or a theoretical agenda (e.g. architecture and tourism) identifies the thrust of the project. An overseas study trip with a visiting tutor and module staff forms a catalyst for the project. Research and exploration is undertaken in groups to determine the focus of the design agenda. Projects can be developed into a specific building design, an urban strategy, or a theoretical architectural agenda. Students submit drawings, reports and models/constructions that are presented to review panels for open forum discussion.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and awareness of important contemporary architectural and urban design issues and precedents.

(LO2) The ability to prepare designs, concepts, strategies that relate to and satisfy the ambitions of the project.

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

(LO4) Additional learning outcomes are specifically identified in the course notes for what is inherently a regularly changing agenda. A lecture presentation series and associated study tour signals the direction of the research and the design project.

(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S3) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

(S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

Exchange Studies (overseas) 3 (ARCH542)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Depends on the module selected at the host institution. They should be equivalent to those of ARCH500.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) They will depend on the module selected at the host institution. However they should be equivalent to those of ARCH 500.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

(S4) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

Thesis Design (ARCH511)
LevelM
Credit level45
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The thesis design project provides the opportunity for final year students to demonstrate their ability to pursue an independent and coherent line of investigation leading to either an architectural or urban design study. In either event it is to be pursued with thoroughness, and supported by the thesis design report. Students will demonstrate their ability to systematically develop an architectural/urban design agenda; pursue a coherent line of investigation; and undertake a range of complex design-based investigations leading to a comprehensive visual, written and oral presentation. The work will be placed within a wider cultural context that identifies the key technical, environmental and social implications of their project.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) By the end of the thesis design project, students will have demonstrated their ability to systematically develop an architectural/urban design project to a sophisticated level commensurate with undergraduate masters level in a professionally accredited programme.

(LO2) By the end of the thesis design project, students will have demonstrated the architectural/ urban relevance of their project, and appreciated its place in a wider cultural context.

(LO3) By the end of the thesis design project, students will have identified the key historical, social, legal and procurement implications of their project and addressed these issues in terms of planning and the detailed resolution of the building.

(LO4) By the end of the thesis design project, students will have identified the key environmental, structural and constructional implications of their project and addressed these issues in terms of planning and the detailed resolution of the building.

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

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

Project Report (ARCH583)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The Project Report is prepared in conjunction with a major piece of design or research work (which is the Thesis Design project for all MArch students) and aims to summarise the architectural and intellectual content of a project. Therefore, requires the student to demonstrate the:

Structure and content of the contextual and focused research methodology;

Coherent development of a project;

Comprehensive strategies for the environmental, social, legal issues raised;

Clear identification of the main structural and constructional strategies needed;

The ability to understand and articulate a full range of architectural design issues. 

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The ability to communicate in a written report the coherent development of a project/study the design thesis.

(LO2) The ability to communicate in a written report the comprehensive strategies for the historical, social, legal and procurement issues raised by the design of the thesis.

(LO3) The ability to communicate in a written report the clear identification of the main environmental, structural and constructional strategies employed in the design of the thesis.

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

(S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

(S3) Research skills - All Information skills.

(S4) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

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


(i)   DESIGN A,B,C and D are a consecutive related set of design projects.

(ii)  Design Studies is a design module that is set and tutored by a professional practice

(iii)  Students taking part in an approved overseas exchange during the first semester substitute ARCH 542 for ARCH 500

(iiii) Modules starting with ARCH4 will take place in first year. Modules starting with ARCH5 will be taken during your second year.