Architecture, MArch

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
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The Architecture MArch from London South Bank University is a programme that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. It is a two year full-time or three year part-time programme leading to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) part 2 professional award. 

About

The Architecture MArch programme from London South Bank University includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

The course emphasises design as a central activity underpinned by research, with complementary lecture based studies in History and Theory, Technology, Arts and Media, and Professional Management.

The programme encourages debate and enquiry about contemporary culture, the postmodern city, and relationships between urban and landscape conditions through diverse and considered responses to the architectural design project, and critical research expressed in extended, structured writing.

You'll build on analytical design skills and professional competences established at undergraduate level, with a focus on innovation in design, construction, and resource efficient technology.  Working in vertical design studios, students will develop an understanding of, and methods relevant to contemporary professional practice, together with an ability to produce complex and diverse design proposals.

The course introduces critical intellectual frameworks and engages with the conceptual, constructional, and environmental context in which the entire architectural design process operates.

Employability

The course is well connected to key practices in London; many LSBU graduates also choose to work abroad. You may also use your qualifications outside architecture to enter careers such as journalism, project management, writing, teaching, research, or software and gaming design.

Accreditation

Accreditations:
  • RIBA Validated courses in architecture
  • ARB Architects Registration Board

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Design 401 
  • Design 402: Arts, media and digital design 
  • Design 403 
  • History and theory: critical thinking 
  • Energy and resource efficiency in design 
  • Professional practice and design economics
Year 2
  • Design 501 
  • Design 502: Arts, media and digital design 
  • Design 503 
  • Architecture and theory: dissertation 
  • Technology 5: technical thesis 
Assessment 

Lecture based modules are generally assessed by written and/or drawn submissions.

Audience

This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students hold a university degree and part 1 professional qualification recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants to the course should have a first degree in architecture (2:2 or better) or a high quality portfolio of relevant academic and practice work. 
  • Students holding overseas degrees in architecture should, desirably, demonstrate that their work has RIBA part 1 equivalence.
  • All students considered for admission will be required to attend an interview with a portfolio of work; if located overseas, applicants will be required to send a portfolio of work to the admissions tutor.
  • We will also consider applications from those who have gained skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications, or relevant responsible experience.

Work Experience

Applicants for the part-time course should be working in practice.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships
London South Bank University offers students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.
International Scholarships
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