MArch Architecture

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Program Description

MArch Architecture

Nottingham Trent University: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

MArch Architecture

MArch Architecture

This course is design focused, with emphasis on a research-informed approach that develops architects with a broad outlook – competent to work within both local and global communities and contexts. Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the course focuses on productive architecture, emphasising ‘thinking and making’ within particular places and contexts.

This course aims to develop global architects adept to work within both local and international contexts. You will benefit from:

  • a lively, multidisciplinary teaching and learning environment
  • exemption from the Part 2 examinations for the RIBA
  • an enthusiastic staff team supported by reputed practitioners with eminent visiting professors
  • brand new teaching, CAD and studio spaces in a city centre location
  • opportunities for live projects and development of individual architectural specialisation
  • site visits and field trips, including an international study trip (included in your fees)
  • a commitment to sustainability underlying the curriculum.

This two year, full-time course is designed to shape graduates who are motivated, independent, self-directed and socially responsible.

The design modules are steered by leading practitioners or academics typically from outside the University. This places architectural design and practice at the heart of the course.

What you'll study

The MArch has established six key strategic ambitions:

  • education of the architect with a global outlook;
  • research into and through design;
  • vertical studio and ‘thinking and making’;
  • shaping the existing as well as the new built environment;
  • celebrating individual and collaborative work; and
  • awareness of architecture’s cross-disciplinary nature.

You’ll work in a dedicated studio space, having the opportunity to work on a variety of projects exploring individual architectural specialisation.

How you’re taught

The course will be taught via:

  • project-based work
  • lectures and seminars
  • field trips and site visits
  • critiques/reviews
  • workshop and laboratory work.

You will be expected to take ownership of your own learning by being proactive contributors to exploratory research, reflective project development and decision-making processes.

Graduate-level research, thinking and articulation are fundamental to the course, which will be underpinned by components embedded in several modules dealing with methodological approaches and the wide range of research methods, the architectural researcher would need to acquire.

The course also aims to emphasise and encourage collaborative (group/team) work as a pivotal aspect of architectural and urban design, and its production, communication and delivery.

NTU's online workspace (NOW) is used to support the course. This web-based learning platform delivers learning materials, up-to-date module information, access to a news board and resources as well as the facility to upload coursework and communicate with tutors and other students.

External practitioners contribute to the course through reviews and teaching.

International field trip

You'll get the chance to visit sites that provide context around your learning. These will focus on specific urban, architectural or technical experiences.

There is also the opportunity to experience architecture in an international context during your second year. Students recently visited Turin, Italy to examine and study the various sites to be used in their final projects. The trip included visits to the Mole Antonelliana, designed by Architect Alessandro Antonelli, the Church of South Lorenzo, and the Teatro Regio. Students also got the chance to examine the exterior of iconic buildings such as the Palazzo Vela.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used, designed to encourage independent, collaborative and active learning. These include presentations, projects, an exam and a dissertation.

Careers and employability

Your career development

NTU has one of the best graduate employment records in the UK because our world-class courses give you the skills today's employers need.

The course will ensure graduates are engaged with industry through:

  • a vertical studio with visiting professors and noted architects, urban designers and academics
  • live projects forming an important aspect of the course in both the areas of design and professional practice.

This course is the next step to becoming a qualified architect.

Graduates have gone on to hold various architectural roles in companies such as Davidsons Development, Marchini Curran Associates and HKR Architects amongst others, whilst working towards their Part Three examinations.

Entry requirements

UK

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a RIBA/ARB Part 1 accredited course.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. For Home applicants, you will be invited to an interview at the University. For EU and International students, you'll hold an interview via telephone.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

International

PART TWO ENTRANTS

No entry to the Recognised Part 2 Programme without a Recognised Part 1.

We only accept students with Part 1 qualification in our MArch Course. The MArch Part 2 was validated in June 2015 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and holds unconditional Part 2 accreditation.

Route to becoming a Registered Architect in the UK

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK and is also the UK’s Competent Authority for Architects. In order to call yourself an ‘architect’ in the UK, you must be registered with the ARB.

In order to register in the UK, you typically need to hold the following:

  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 1;
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 2; and
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 3, including 24 months practical training experience.

This means that even if you complete and pass the prescribed Part 2 qualification that you are embarking on, you will still need to hold an ARB prescribed qualification at Part 1 level (plus an ARB prescribed qualification at Part Three level together with the required period of practical training) before you can be admitted to the ARB Register.

If you already hold a first degree which covers the same subjects as a UK Part 1 qualification but which is not prescribed by the ARB, you may be eligible for ARB’s Prescribed Examination, through which you can gain equivalence to the UK Part 1. If you successfully pass the Prescribed Examination at Part 1 level, you can use this for the purposes of UK Registration.

You can check whether any qualifications you may already hold are recognised by ARB and at which level, and you can find more information about the ARB’s Prescribed Examinations and its requirements for registration via ARB’s website – www.arb.org.uk

We will also be happy to provide guidance on how you can satisfy ARB’s requirements.

English language entry requirements

If English is not the first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Work submission

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to upload a practical portfolio of your work to our secure site.

Interview

If your portfolio is accepted you'll be asked to hold an interview with the academic team. For Home applicants, you will be invited to an interview at the University. For EU and International students, you'll hold an interview via telephone.

Your interview will help us to decide whether we feel you are suitable for the course and will help you to decide if this is the right course for you.

Miscellaneous

Location: City site

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 29, 2018
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