Architecture MArch

London South Bank University

Program Description

Architecture MArch

London South Bank University


The MArch Architecture 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. The course emphasises design as a central activity underpinned by research and 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. You'll also develop skills 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 design process operates.

The course satisfies the criteria held jointly by the RIBA and ARB for part 2 courses in architecture.

Studio structure

Central to the LSBU concept of postgraduate architecture education is the studio system, operating across part and full-time courses. The studios provide a framework for a range of relevant intellectual and practical specialisms to inform design work, underpinning and contributing to the academic rigour of the architecture programme. For information on the studios' thematic interests and working styles please read more about Studio 21, Studio 22 or Studio 23.


  • RIBA Validated Courses in Architecture
  • ARB Architects Registration Board


Year 1

  • Design 401 (20 credits)
  • Design 402: Arts, media and digital design (20 credits)
  • Design 403 (20 credits)
  • History and theory: critical thinking (20 credits)
  • Energy and resource efficiency in design (20 credits)
  • Professional practice and design economics (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Design 501 (20 credits)
  • Design 502: Arts, media and digital design (20 credits)
  • Design 503 (40 credits)
  • Architecture and theory: dissertation (20 credits)
  • Technology 5: technical thesis (20 credits)


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


The course is well connected to key practices in London. Many LSBU graduates also choose to work abroad. You may also use the qualification outside architecture such as journalism, teaching, research or software design.

In addition to offering the university award of Master of Architecture (and RIBA part 2), the course is also a preparation for the second period of practical training. The first period of practical training is usually, but not exclusively, undertaken following completion of the first degree in architecture (RIBA part 1).

To be eligible for admission to the RIBA part 3 Professional Practice Examination, you must have successfully undertaken a recognised RIBA part 1 and part 2 qualification – and have completed a minimum of 24 months practical training.

The Professional Practice and Design Economics module explains the need for a business-oriented and professional attitude to work, and emphasises the need for forward planning of projects.

Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture are employed at Foster and Partners, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Stanton Williams, Wilkinson Eyre, and Zaha Hadid Architects among many other globally recognised practices.


Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Architecture Design Studio

At LSBU, architecture students have their own dedicated studio space near the top of our Keyworth Building, complete with inspirational views across the London landscape. This space is used to develop their skills and help train the next generation of architects.

Architecture studio: Studio 21

Studio 21 is one of three postgraduate Architecture studios at London South Bank University (LSBU). It focuses on building as a cultural product

Architecture studio: Studio 22

Studio 22 is one of three postgraduate Architecture studios at London South Bank University (LSBU). It focuses on the city as the primary consumer of the planet's remaining resources

Architecture studio: Studio 23

Studio 23 is one of three postgraduate Architecture studios at London South Bank University (LSBU). It focuses on adaptable structural systems, with a key theme of trade.

Digital Architecture Robotic Lab

This advanced digital manufacturing robotic lab is designed for high-quality research, as well as developing commercial applications for architecture, and features a Kuka robotic arm that can produce architectural components.

Entry requirements

This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students who hold the Part 1 professional qualification of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Applicants to the course should have a first degree in architecture (2:2 or better); however, the University recognises that individuals may develop additional skills outside of university and will interview such applicants with a portfolio of relevant academic and practice work.

Applicants for this course must also meet the following additional entry requirements:

  • Overseas students must demonstrate that their work has RIBA Part 1 equivalence by contacting the Architects Registration Board
  • Applicants for the part-time course should be working in practice
  • 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.
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated April 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug., 2017
2 years
Part time
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11,500 GBP
Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 2 years
Price 11,500 GBP
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