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MAArchitectural Design

Tuition fee £16,000 per year
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Expenses, accommodation, working etc. 


This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice.

You’ll explore design processes and methodologies and there are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups.

It’s a challenging mix of design projects, seminars, research and fieldwork. Design theory and practice are compulsory. Through our pioneering Live Project initiative, you’ll work on a real project for a real client such as a community group, a charity or a regional authority.

We want you to explore the subject, question accepted wisdom and contribute new ideas.

You can take this course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.

Programme structure

Core modules

Special Design 1 ‘Live Project’
Design Project 1 and 2
Reflections on Architectural Design
Thesis Design Project
Route A – Research by Design (Theory) Critical Spatial Theory
Route B – Research by Design (Practice) Theory and Research in Design, Environment and Technology in Design

Optional modules

Reflections on Architectural Education
Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches
Conservation and Regeneration Traditional Materials and Techniques
Conservation and Regeneration Policy and Law
Participation in Urban Design and Architecture
History and Theory of Urban Design
Reflection on Urban Design Practice
Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design
Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis
Renewable Energy
Parametric Architectural Geometry
Critical Application of Building Information Modelling


Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials
Block seminars and workshops
Traditional lecture modulesLive projects involving real clients and real community projects


Course assignments
Design thesis

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States