MArch in Architecture

London South Bank University

Program Description

MArch in Architecture

London South Bank University

The MArch Master of 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 emphasizes design as a central activity underpinned by research, with complementary lecture based studies in History and Theory, Technology, Arts and Media, and Professional Management.
The programme encourages debate and inquiry 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 competencies established at an undergraduate level, with a focus on innovation in design, construction, and resource efficient technology. Working in vertical design studios, students will develop an understanding of, 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 entire architectural 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 the 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 rigor 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.


Accreditations


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 2 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


Modules

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)

Assessment

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


Employability

The course is well connected to key practices in London; many LSBU graduates also choose to work abroad. You may also use your qualifications outside architecture to enter careers such as journalism, project management, writing, teaching, research, or software and gaming design.

In addition to offering the university award of MArch: 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 recognized RIBA part 1 and part 2 qualification – and have completed a minimum of 24 months eligible practical training.

The Professional Practice and Design Economics module explains the need for a business-oriented and professional attitude to work and emphasizes the need for forwarding 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 recognized practices.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Placements

Field trips

There is an emphasis on the first-hand observation and generation of alternative models for the city. This is developed through field trips to destinations such as Beijing, Berlin, Delhi, Dubai, Havana, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jaipur, Las Vegas, Marrakech, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, St Petersburg, Tokyo, and Yokohama.


Facilities

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 environment sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

The Architecture Studios

The Architecture Studio space at London South Bank University (LSBU) has inspirational views across London and is used on our undergraduate and postgraduate architecture degree courses.

MArch: Master of Architecture postgraduate studio: Studio 21

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

MArch: Master of Architecture postgraduate 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

MArch: Master of Architecture postgraduate studio: Studio 23

Studio 23 is one of three postgraduate Architecture studios at London South Bank University (LSBU). It focuses on a positive change in the city, and geometry, proportion, and order.

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.


Teaching and learning

At LSBU there are comprehensive on-campus workshops capable of transforming a broad range of materials. You'll be taught by staff who are experienced industry professionals, having worked for some of the top architectural practices. The studio structure allows you to specialize in an area that matches their research interests and explore highly topical themes exploring ideas about architecture, urban design, social theory, and politics.


Entry requirements

This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students hold a university degree and part 1 professional qualification recognized by 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 recognizes that individuals may develop additional skills outside the university, and will interview such applicants who have developed a high-quality portfolio of relevant academic and practical work.

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

  • Students holding overseas degrees in architecture should, desirably, demonstrate that their work has RIBA part 1 equivalence by contacting the Architects Registration Board regarding the ARB Prescribing Examination.
  • 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 10, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
2 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £6166.67; International fee: £8750
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United Kingdom - London, England
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