Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The MArch (Part 2) is a long-established and well-respected course that is prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA to give exemption from the second stage of professional education. The emphasis of the course is on innovative design work, and on developing a caring and critical approach to the study and practice of architecture.

The course fosters diversity of choice, interpretation and approach, whether in design projects or more academic research. The former focuses on sophisticated design programmes (in formal, technical, professional or urban terms) that demand rigour and self-criticism. The latter focuses on your major dissertation, an extended piece of specialised research into architecture and its historical or theoretical contexts.

The course has three main objectives: to develop your design ability through project-based experimentation; to present an evaluation and critique of your coursework within a broad cultural context, and in light of technical, economic and legal constraints; and to promote the articulate explanation and representation of quality and value in design projects.

Course structure

Core modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1, Semester 1

This single design project, or series of linked design projects, is individual to each elective Design Studio, and is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio. You choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year; each Design Studio offers a new project every year. Projects lead from exploratory research to the development of an individual brief, and a design proposal which you develop for assessment at the end of Semester One.

This module focuses on digital media technology and computer-based strategies, including the principles of 2D and 3D computer drawing, modelling, rendering, animation and digital fabrication techniques. The module aims to extend your practical and theoretical understanding of advanced digital media, as well as to enhance your existing computing knowledge and skills - so assessment is on a 'value-added' basis.

This module draws on your work experience and introduces statutory, professional and management concepts related to the 'professional' development of your coursework. It asks you to reflect on your prior experience and personal development, and to identify areas for future investigation. The module introduces you to the role of the architect in the construction industry (including development and procurement issues), and to the professional, managerial and legal constraints that influence the work of the architect in practice.

Year 1, Semester 2

Commonly, though not exclusively, the theme or context of Design Project 2 involves developing or testing aspects of the Design Project 1 through further research or exploratory projects. This module, however, places greater emphasis on the detailed resolution of the individual design proposal, often at a larger scale, and deals more explicitly with the issues of programme, materiality, technology and environmental impact. The module is run in parallel with the Year 2 Design Studio.

This module consists of specialist seminar study and a series of wider module-wide lectures, and begins a year-long study of architectural history and theory which culminates with your dissertation submission in Year Two. Following presentations by all the seminar group leaders at the beginning of the semester, you choose a seminar group with its own particular theme and programme of study. Based on this, you select an individual area of research, and develop it through writing and a presentation; you also prepare an abstract for your Dissertation.

This module requires you, individually or within a group, to carry out research into different approaches to, and kinds of, technology and environmental design. You will need to look at the wider cultural issues involved, but more especially at issues of sustainability in design. This is expected to inform your Design Studio project work.

Year 2, Semester 1

The Dissertation is the primary focus of architectural history and theory teaching, and the main written component of the course. Building on your abstract, you research into primary and secondary sources, define and refine a methodology, produce a draft synopsis, and, finally, complete a 10,000-word dissertation with footnotes, bibliography and illustrations. If you explore another mode of study, such as making a film or designing a website, you will still need to meet a lower word limit of 6,000 words.

As with Design Studio 1, this is individual to each elective Design Studio, and you choose your Design Studio following presentations by all the Design Studio tutors at the beginning of the academic year. The module is integrated with the subsequent Design Development module, and these two modules usually create a single overarching project for the final academic year. The module is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio, however, Year 2 students are expected to pursue, and resolve, a more ambitious and sophisticated thesis.

Year 2, Semester 2

In this module you complete an applied technical study concurrent with the progression of your main Design Studio project. This integrated report explains and deepens the environmental, structural and constructional strategies inherent to your design thinking and your project.

This module follows on from the Main Design Project, and asks you to elaborate, test, adapt and develop your design project proposal to produce a well-resolved architectural design. This module encourages you to communicate your ideas, research work and design proposals in a range of media at an advanced level. You also integrate your presentation with your work in the Strategic Report and Applied Technical Studies modules. The module is run in parallel with the Year 1 Design Studio.

This module is a substantial report that is integrated with your main Design Studio project, and the Applied Technical Studies module. The report focuses on exploring and explaining the critical project decisions made as part of the design process. The module introduces various approaches to the report - methodologies, techniques, selected building precedents - through seminars and Design Studio group tutorials.

Entry Requirements

You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience.

At interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

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You are required to have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, or similar, with a high level of achievement, which will normally be validated by the RIBA for Part 1/prescribed by the ARB for Part 1. You will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience.

At interview, you should present your academic portfolio together with examples of work undertaken during professional training, and any relevant contextual material.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

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Careers

Most students who complete the Architecture MArch (Part II) are subsequently employed in architectural offices and become registered architects after taking the Part III exam. Others progress to take further Master’s or PhD degrees and then go into research or teaching.

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In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

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  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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What our students say

MArch student Simhika Rao

Simhika Rao

The design unit I joined in my first year was ideally suited to my interests and skill set and I stayed in the same unit for my second year. I enjoyed the strong theoretical emphasis our briefs offered and the ability to express and develop my design aesthetic throughout the course. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent at Westminster; it was challenging and demanding, but extremely fulfilling and fun. 

MArch student Wai Tang

Wai Tang

The experience was a complete game changer for me. When I came to Westminster, I knew about the fundamentals of design, but I didn't know how to pitch my projects to potential clients. At Westminster, I learnt how to tell a story with my designs, and how to illustrate my ideas so others would share my vision. This has since won me many contracts.

MArch student John Killock

John Killock

Westminster is a very diverse school. I particularly liked the range of studios on offer. I was given flexibility to explore my areas of interest, and the lecturing staff were able to offer a number of different perspectives and research routes. My particular studio focused on 'time based architecture', which involved the creation of a number of short films. Westminster also provides a well-structured dissertation module.

Student work

Each year our OPEN exhibition displays student work from our undergraduate Architecture and Interiors courses and the Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA Part 2 course.

OPEN2016 exhibition catalogue

OPEN2015 exhibition catalogue

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

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Studying at Westminster

Hear from our students and staff about studying Architecture and Interiors at the University of Westminster.

Student blog

Architectural project in the desert, Burning Man, Nevada

Wewanttolearn.net - A blog by Design Studio 10 of our MArch (RIBA Part 2) course. View student work, news and more.

Student success

Architecture student work by Katazyna Nowak

The success of our architecture and interiors students has been recognised by a wide range of external awards. Read more about our student's success.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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