MArch Architecture Design


Program Description

The 12 month MArch Architecture Design course focuses on the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies.

This course was originally established to respond to the increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the growing demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence. It offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist area.

Key facts

  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment will develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world.
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions.
  • This interdisciplinary programme shares modules with other postgraduate courses within the department.

This course centres around the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced architectural design techniques.

Through a range of specialist lectures, seminars and design studio modules you will explore current and future issues facing urban designers, architects and technologists, and develop the skills, knowledge and awareness required in the fast-moving world of contemporary architectural research and practice.

The MArch Architecture Design is offered on a full-time basis over one year.It does not convey professional accreditation in the UK.

Course content

In the autumn and spring semesters, you will complete 120 credits worth of modules. This will include a major research-led design 'package' in one of the specialist areas offered in each semester, consisting of a studio project and seminar series, as well as an additional lecture/seminar module.

Over the summer semester, you will complete a 60-credit written dissertation.

During this course, you will spend some time on studio-based exploration and innovation across a broad range of options, working alongside architects, urban designers and technologists in the design studios, seminars and lectures.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements:2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in architecture or a similar subject. This must include modules in architectural design amounting to 25%-50% of total credits. An architectural design portfolio must also be submitted.


Typical modules include:

  • Masters Design Project* (20 credits)

  • A** (20 credits)

  • Masters Design Project 2* (30 credits)

  • B** (20 credits)

  • Research and Professional Skills, Tools and Methods (20 credits)

  • Elective (one of the following): K14SUD Sustainable Urban Design; K14FCT Design Fabrication; K13UDT Urban Design Theory and Practice; K14HRI High Rise Issues; K13AED Advanced Environmental Design (10 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

* Students will be able to choose from the 4 or 5 studio units offered to the MArch students.

** Students will select the 20-credit lecture/seminar module that is a co-requisite of their studio unit selection (see *).

Autumn (A): K14IUD Urban Design Theory and Practice; K14AED Advanced Environmental Design; K14HRI High Rise Issues; K14DDF Design Build Theory and Practicum; K14BWP Building With The Past.

Spring (B): K14DTM Design Technology and Materials; K14PAC Places Cities and Cultures; K14CSP Case Study Project; K14RTA Rethinking Architecture.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


The Department of Architecture and Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.

The MArch Architecture Design provides the foundation for advanced career opportunities in architectural practice and academia. Students are encouraged to consider continuing to study for a higher degree by research - MPhil or PhD.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (Upper 2nd class Hons degree or international equivalent)
  • Other requirements: An architectural design work portfolio must be submitted.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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