A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth-century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. Features and benefits of the course:

  • This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU).
  • This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications.

About the course

Through this course, you will begin to engage directly with a chosen research subject area, gather data and formulate an original approach to your practice. You will synthesise your project culminating in the production of a leading-edge proposition until you present and contextualise your thesis. This internationally based course actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publication. This course can be considered as partially meeting the requirements for recognition at Part 2 level (RIBA/ARB) through APEL provisions applied to individual graduates. The course is jointly accredited by the University of Manchester.

Core units

Cities and Urbanism: Ideologies and Futures

A lecture series that explores urban space in its historical context that supports student-led seminars that idealise the city.


In this unit, you will disseminate the results of your research in the form of an extended piece of academic writing.

Research Methodologies and Events

This unit is a general introduction to research methods aimed particularly at students with a design background. The course centres around a research by design methodology, this is a problem-centred ethos which puts design as the central activity in architectural research. It places emphasis on the importance of debate in the development of research.

Studio A

The studios are informal, interdisciplinary groupings of students with similar or complementary research interests, they are led by a tutor with interests and expertise in the area, who typically becomes your academic supervisor and personal tutor. Studio A is where you begin to engage directly with their chosen research subject area/ proposition within the core studio themes.

Studio B

Studio B is where you engage directly with your chosen specialism within the studio themes. The aim of the second practice unit is to develop further their own research proposition by completing the literature survey, gathering data and beginning to formulate an approach that demonstrates originality in thinking and/or practice.

Studio C

Studio C is the final unit where you engage directly with your chosen specialism.The aim of third practice unit is to synthesise, present and contextualise your thesis project. Here the work culminates in the production of a leading-edge proposition in urbanism. Alternatively, Studio C forms the first part of a dissertation (totalling 60 credits) completed in the Dissertation unit with a composite 15,000-word count.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related field. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field. Students are required to provide a portfolio (digital or hard copy) as part of the application process. There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 - 2 years
9,250 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time: £9,250 per year. Part-time: £4,625 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Part-time fee: £7,750 per year.
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