MSc Architecture is a specialised programme designed to develop digital design, and practical manufacturing skills. It builds on the ethos of rigorous and directed design studio tuition of LSBU’s established RIBA part 1 and 2 degrees. It also emphasises the value of detailed and analytical research and the expression of this through structured extended writing.

You’ll extend your understanding of advanced architectural design and progressive contextual urbanism through studio- and workshop-based projects. Tutorials in the design studio and analogue and digital workshops, as well as instruction in advanced design software, will help you define and enhance your personal response to architectural challenges.

The course connects 2D and 3D representations (drawing and physical modelling) with an understanding of digital fabrication and manufacturing, and you’ll have the opportunity to develop and make architectural components using the onsite facilities of the DARLAB(Digital Architecture and Robotic Lab).

You’ll also consider architectural history and theory, and evaluate this to develop your own position in the form of an extended written project on a subject of your choice. For your final design project, you'll develop a proposition for a complex building or buildings, drawing together all your learning to highlight the relationships between theory, design and technology.

We're ranked 1st for research intensity in Architecture amongst London modern competitors (Complete University Guide 2019).

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Full-time 18 months January Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years January; September Southwark Campus


  • Advanced digital design techniques
  • Integrative technologies: robotic manufacturing
  • Design 1: research
  • History and theory: critical thinking
  • Architecture and theory: dissertation
  • Technology: technical thesis
  • Design 2: synthesis


All design modules are subject to continuous assessment:

  • Design tutors monitor design scheme proposals throughout the semester, and collectively moderate assessments at each semester’s end;
  • Individual feedback on design project proposals is provided at every individual studio tutorial;
  • An evaluative, critical summary of design projects is provided at all final presentations

Provisional grades are given at the end of semester 1, with all students offered opportunities to review, revise, and add to their design project submissions:

  • A written and illustrated project report examining aspects of environmental technology;
  • A major extended written and illustrated assignment (dissertation) on a subject of personal interest related to architecture, and using primary and secondary sources;
  • Workshop-based fabrication and design projects;
  • A written and illustrated technology report examining aspects of the constructional, environmental, and material implications of the major design project.


  • Digital design and practical manufacturing skills are applicable to and sought after in a very broad range of employment opportunities in architecture and other design-related activities, including visualization, gaming, animation, media, production engineering, and industrial design.
  • The course is not intended to lead to a professional qualification, although it reflects the criteria and graduate attributes used by RIBA to deliver their validation services to programmes in architecture.
  • Curriculum developed to reflect (but not meet) professional and statutory body requirements.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.

Professional links

The course has been developed in consultation with employers interested in upskilling their workforce with enhanced digital design and manufacturing skills. The course has strong links with the Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Registration Board, and South London Society of Architects, plus numerous local, regional, and national practices.


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.

Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

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.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in our dedicated Masters level studios, and makes use of LSBU’s specialist workshops; the Digital Architecture Robotic Laboratory, and Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings.

You'll learn in a variety of formats including structured lecture programmes, 1:1 tutorial, small and large group seminars, and interim and final design juries with tutors and invited guests present.

Entry requirements

  • First degree in Architecture (2:1 or better) from an international university, which is validated by a recognised national or regional body; or
  • First degree in Architecture (2:1 or better) from an RIBA recognised programme based outside the UK, which is validated as equivalent to RIBA part 1; or
  • An excellent first degree in architecture from an RIBA recognised programme based in the UK, which offers the RIBA part 1 professional award; or
  • Exceptionally, an excellent first degree in a design-based subject closely related to architecture. The school is committed to a policy of inclusivity and opportunity, each application and applicant will be considered on the merits of their wish to learn, and to explore architecture at higher degree level.

Suitable applicants to the course will usually be interviewed with their degree portfolio to understand their specific interests in architecture and disciplines related to architecture and explore their further ambitions in architectural education.

How to apply

International students

International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
Full-time 1 year September P060045 Direct to LSBU
Full-time 18 months January P060045 See below
Part-time 2 years September 5220 Direct to LSBU
Part-time 2 years January P060045 See below

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session, they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Program taught in:

See 34 more programs offered by London South Bank University »

Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
Jan 27, 2020
1 - 2 years
9,135 GBP
UK/EU fee: £9,135; International fee: £13,780.
By locations
By date
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
June 5, 2020
Application deadline
Start Date
Jan 27, 2020
End Date
June 4, 2021
Application deadline

Sep 23, 2019

Application deadline
End Date
June 5, 2020

Jan 27, 2020

Application deadline
End Date
June 4, 2021