Master of Architecture MArch

Key information


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Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

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.

Programme in detail

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.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

121 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 11th in the UK for Architecture (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)

Graduate prospects

96% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 3rd for research outputs rated 4* in REF 2014

Why this subject?

Benefit from our research-led and design-focused teaching

We are founded on the integration of original research and high-quality teaching, dedicated to getting the best out of each and every student. We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and our researchers are internationally known in their fields. Their work is diverse, extensive and wide-ranging, while joined by the shared aim of furthering knowledge and improving architectural design.

Be inspired in a dynamic city setting

With its impressive architectural heritage and award-winning contemporary architecture (including the 2014 Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre), Liverpool provides an excellent backdrop to our focus in both research and teaching on the design of cities and evolving urban conditions.

Support your creativity with solid practical skills

We focus on producing architecture graduates who balance imagination and creativity with real-world knowledge and skills. All teaching staff are actively involved in professional consultancy and academic research, which means that our students benefit from their extensive range of knowledge and expertise in preparation for their professional career.

Allow your creativity to flourish

We do not have a “house style”, but instead encourage our students to develop their own design methodology based on an understanding of history, technology and architectural theory. We challenge our students to find individual solutions to complex design problems, choosing from a variety of design briefs as well as assignments throughout the programme.

Thrive in our studio environment

Our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award-winning studio spaces stimulate creativity and reflect the working environment of architects in practice.