In Brief:

  • Integrated industry experience will prepare you for professional practice
  • We're ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world for Architecture and Built Environment teaching (QS world ranking 2017)
  • This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), providing the crucial second stage in the seven-year education of an architect
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Our contemporary Master of Architecture (MArch) programme combines the best of theory and practice to get you ready for professional practice, entering offices or engaging with MPhil and PhD research.

Our uniquely hands-on programme integrates industry experience with academic study; while completing your degree you will complete industry placements where you will take an active role in creating architecture and enhancing practice.

You will typically get the opportunity to go an international study trip, enabling you to enrich your study experience and stimulate your creativity. Visiting speakers will also contribute to your learning, bringing real-world examples that will enable you to develop a deeper understanding of this subject and giving you insight into what is required to become a chartered architect.

Our academics are leading architecture practitioners who regularly contribute to research and enhance current practice. Their knowledge and experience put them at the forefront of this field, and if you study here, you will be able to tap into this vast knowledge bank. Recently, Stephen Hodder MBE has joined our School as Visiting Professor in Architecture complementing our existing team of architecture professionals.

You will learn in our world-leading School of the Built Environment, which was ranked 5th in the UK and 36th in the world for architecture teaching, in the prestigious 2017 QS World University Rankings. You will be taught in purpose-built design studios located in our brand new New Adelphi building. These carefully designed spaces house the specialist equipment and tools you'll need to inspire your creativity and execute your ideas.

Course Structure

In the first year of the MArch you will benefit from placement experience in architectural and design offices as part of the design-based modules (i.e. Performative Technologies – Material Matters, Advanced Digital Design Technologies, Urban Ecologies). Through these placements, you will be able to develop your professional skills and understanding of the realities of the field.

Your personal development is encouraged at each level of the MArch through structured workshops and other activities, with the research skills you develop enabling you to be self-directed. The two-year course will culminate with a semester-long design research project – a thesis – in which you will articulate an architectural position which looks forward to professional practice.

To earn a PgCert qualification you will complete 60 credits; to earn a PgDip you will complete 120 credits; the full MArch is constituted by 240 credits.

Year One Modules may include:

  • Histories and Theories (15 credits)
  • Design Studio 1: Performative Technologies - Material Matters (30 credits)
  • Advanced Digital Design Technologies (15 credits)
  • Advanced Practice Management and Law (15 credits)
  • Design Studio 2: Urban Ecologies (45 credits)

Year Two Modules may include:

  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Design Studio 3 (30 credits)
  • Design Studio 4 (60 credits)

Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.

Entry Requirements


Applicants for the Master of Architecture (MArch) programme will typically have a first degree in architecture from an accredited undergraduate programme (normally with ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption). Typically students will have achieved a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1). Whilst it is not a requirement for entrants to have completed ARB Part 1, all Parts (1, 2 and 3) will need to be completed in order to be admitted to the UK Register of Architects.


Applicants will be required to submit an electronic portfolio of work as part of the application process. Applicants who have a portfolio which evidences a passion for architecture, and who have demonstrated they can achieve at a high level, will be considered for a place on the course and for an interview. The portfolio should include relevant work from an undergraduate architecture course which shows achievement of ARB/RIBA Part 1 (or non-UK equivalent), as well any work completed in practice which might be relevant. Portfolios should demonstrate a range of creative and representational media, including various forms of drawing and three-dimensional making. Relevant written work should also be included.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

We do not require references provided that you have the standard academic entry requirements.If you do not, then we will ask you to complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning process referred to above.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicant Profile

The MArch is designed for those who are passionate about architecture, have an appetite for knowledge, a desire to experiment and who wish to engage with forward-thinking architectural design practices in which advanced technical skills, 'live' briefs and practice-based learning are embedded. The MArch provides the second stage in the seven-year education of an architecture.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £9,250 per year
  • Part-time: Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
  • Full-time International: £12,600 per year

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


  • The programme is based on a modular structure over two years with each module providing learning and appropriate skill development consistent with its position in the overall structure, and complementary to the other modules at each level.
  • Intensive 'diagonal' workshops are embedded throughout the program to ensure integration across the modules and a holistic approach.
  • The learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of design studio-based and seminar-led learning that includes lectures (including from invited practitioners), seminars, tutorials and workshops, supported by student presentations, symposia and peer feedback.
  • Work-based learning/industry experience – in which students will act as 'consultant-researcher-designers' – will complement specific modules, aimed at testing the theoretical concepts against their practical implementation.
  • Normally an international study trip will be incorporated in the learning and teaching strategy.
  • The lectures will engage students in a variety of tasks and discussions of issues. You will be actively encouraged to increase your knowledge by further reading and visits.


Career Prospects

Students graduating from the MArch will be able to enter employment, typically in architectural offices but also in other built environment and design practices. Those wishing to continue their architectural career progression will seek opportunities to engage with the required 24 months of professional practice before sitting the Part 3 exam.

Links with Industry

Our experienced international programme team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, including local and international architectural practices. This strong link with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as placement opportunities.

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