Architecture, M.A. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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With the specialist MA Architecture degree course from the University of Portsmouth, you can augment your creative practice and research by specialising in alternative forms of architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation, Landscape and Urban Design, or Spatial Design Practices.

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With our specialist MA Architecture degree course, you can augment your creative practice and research by specialising in alternative forms of architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation, Landscape and Urban Design, or Spatial Design Practices.Regardless of your background in architecture, arts, or humanities, you'll become proficient in architectural design. In a unique studio-based environment, you'll explore spatial theories and their environmental applications, tackle contemporary issues affecting the architecture and construction industries, and utilise innovative technologies to produce works at the forefront of contemporary design.You'll have many opportunities to put your study into practice on this Architecture Master's, such as collaborating with local and regional bodies on live projects, and taking part in work-based learning opportunities and community-led projects. Your design, professional, and technical skills will also be strengthened through them.

By the end of this course, you'll be well-prepared for a career in many areas of the architecture sector, or you can continue your studies at PhD level.

Course highlights

  • Specialise in one of three disciplines to channel your expertise: building and heritage conservation, landscape and urban design, and spatial theories
  • Learn in a practice- and design-based studio environment similar to industry settings, unique to Portsmouth
  • Use facilities—such as the UK's first Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality—to realise your innovative architectural concepts and designs 
  • Collaborate with students on other courses to widen your team-working abilities and exchange knowledge 
  • Get involved in community-led projects to engage with the public and sharpen your understanding of how consumers interact with architecture and space
  • Be taught by leading experts in architecture to learn the latest professional standards
  • Work with actual clients on live briefs to enhance your professional and research experience
  • Take part in competitions and live projects—within the Project Office and School of Architecture—to enhance your technical, creative, and professional reputation

Careers and opportunities

By graduating from this specialist Architecture Master's course, you'll gain a broad perspective on the way the built and non-built environment affects society, as well as a vision for a sustainable future. You'll be able to explore new systemic and integrated solutions for cities, landscapes and historic built environment, and help shape a greener, healthier, inclusive, and more resilient future for people and societies the world over.

Careers this Master's prepares you for

Prospects (2022) estimates that the average salary range for the architecture sector is £35,000–40,000. The valuable skills, insight, and further experience you'll gain on this course will set the foundation for a successful career in the architectural and planning fields.

Depending on your specialisation, you might also hone your skills in more niche areas.

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Research Methods – 30 credits
  • Thesis – 60 credits

Optional modules

All optional modules are 30 credits each.

  • Conservation: Theories [essential for Building and Heritage Conservation IHBC accreditation]
  • Creative Theories: Thinking and Making
  • Landscape and Urban Design Strategy: Design Ecologies
  • Spatial Practices: Thinking and Making
  • Conservation and Practice [essential for Building and Heritage Conservation IHBC accreditation]
  • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences
  • Interior Practices: Design Project
  • Landscape and Urban Design: Making Places
  • Spatial Practices: Situated Ecologies
  • Work-based Learning Opportunity

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SeptemberJanuary (full time route only)


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General requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant subject such as Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering, Building Surveying, Geography, Spatial Practice, History, Fine Art or a design-related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Applicants without relevant qualifications will be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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