Master of Architecture MArch

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 24 months  
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: 2.1 Bachelor’s degree (with Honours) or better, and must have RIBA Part 1. We also welcome applications from non-RIBA validated Architecture or Interior Design courses, but applicants must have a 1st Class degree classification as a pre-requisite
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The Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is accredited as an RIBA Part 2 award, and is a professional/undergraduate Masters qualification available to students with a BA/BSc in Architecture and RIBA Part I (we will consider other 1st Class degrees based on folio and experience as stated above). This degree is validated by the RIBA and prescribed by ARB as a Part 2 qualification towards access to the Architectural Profession in Europe.

Candidates should be aware that those who do not have RIBA Part 1 on joining the MArch here at Liverpool, may apply to the Architects Registration Board (ARB ) upon MArch course completion to be considered for RIBA Part 1 (for a fee payable to ARB). The University of Liverpool has no say in this process, which is undertaken independently by the candidate.

Year 1 focuses on design through lectures, seminars and carefully planned individual and group work. Taught modules outside studio design cover professional practice and contemporary approaches to technology.

You'll then begin the second year with a design project that's set, reviewed, and taught by a notable practitioner or design practice. In 2019-20 this was Ian Ritchie Architects.

The programme builds towards the Design Thesis, where you’ll produce a major piece of work in response to your own brief. The dissertation subject will reflect your personal interests.

You'll be taught by our full time staff and by selected practitioners and Honorary Professors. These included Ian Ritchie and Hans Van De Heijden in 2019/20. We’ve a very generous offering of prizes for students performing strongly in areas of our MArch degree.

Students may take Semester 1 of Year 2 abroad at one of our approved exchange Schools of Architecture in China, Australia or Europe.

Please visit our Virtual End of Year Show, our End of Year Catalogue 2020, and our LSA 2020 Year Book. You can also find us on Instagram and YouTube.

You'll be examined and assessed by studio presentations and coursework submissions.

Why School of Architecture?

Highly rated research

Liverpool was the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture. Research lies at the core of our activities and we have highly rated international research in the fields of History and Theory and Environment and Process.

The activities of the research groups within these two fields provide the knowledge and expertise required by the professional discipline that the School serves, but also reach out into related areas in the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.