Architecture MA

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UKPASS code: 045984 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 15 September 2016
Duration: 1 year
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

Important tuition fee information – please read.

Alumni discount.

Home/EU: £7,500.00
Overseas: £11,500.00

The Architecture MA incorporates a number of different study options including an extensive range of individual module choices and specialist pathways in Cultural Identity and Globalisation, History and Theory, and Digital Media.

If you are looking for our MArch (RIBA Part 2) course, please view this course page.

Situated in the progressive intellectual milieu of London, the Architecture MA programme offers a flexible programme of study and a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate research combining high-level theoretical investigation with innovative design approaches.

The Department of Architecture at the University of Westminster provides first-class facilities such as state-of-the-art digital design/fabrication equipment and a team of lecturers and researchers deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural design, theory, historical research, and technology. The Architecture MA is part of a suite of Masters offered by the Department of Architecture aimed at graduates looking to further their education and enhance their employability by acquiring new knowledge and skills. Focused on architectural research, the Architecture MA also offers a firm grounding for those seeking to pursue further research and/or an academic career.

Course content

The Architecture MA provides a course that is wide-ranging and flexible, facilitating alternative modes of study and a range of options, including the choice of either a written or design-based thesis. The programme also allows for specialism through its three designated pathways: Architecture (Cultural Identity and Globalisation); Architecture (Digital Media) and Architecture (History and Theory), or alternatively, you can also create your own pathway, under the heading Architecture MA, by selecting and combining relevant modules that meet your individual requirements.

The range of optional and specialist modules offered allows you to develop your individual learning trajectories through the in-depth study of specific subject areas, involving theoretical components as well as practical applications. A series of theory rich modules will stimulate you to analyse current trends in architecture, design theory and practice on the basis of your research and critical judgement, and use these insights to produce high quality written work in a scholarly manner.

In parallel, a set of design-oriented activities encourages you to develop your artistic, aesthetic and intellectual vision through the use of different media, in order to produce individual proposals with a high level of spatial, material and formal resolution. The course is taught within a dynamic learning environment that comprises seminar-based sessions along with studio-based activities, suitably integrated by a wide range of lectures, tutorials, site visits, research training sessions, and independent study periods.

Download our MA Architecture – frequently asked questions PDF.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

For further details on these core modules see our Modules page.

Pathway/option modules



For further details on these pathway/option modules see our Modules page.

Course team

The teaching team includes the joint Course Leaders:

For course content-related enquiries please contact the Course Leaders. For admissions-related enquiries please contact the admissions office:

Associated careers

The Department of Architecture is consciously international in its educational thinking and academic links, and its graduates are amongst the most sought after anywhere in the world. The flexibility offered within the course is intended to extend your creative abilities and enhance your employability and performance as design professionals. Typical employment destinations for Architecture MA graduates include architectural practice but also other design disciplines, media and the arts. The course may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research.

Indicative timetable

Days and times of attendance will vary depending on your choice of pathway and option modules. Once you have made your choices in the first weeks of term, you will receive a personalised timetable indicating where and when you classes will take place.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

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Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

For more details, visit the employability section on our site.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.

More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

Career options in your subject area

Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

A dynamic and flexible course

The course combines high-level investigation into historical and theoretical ideas with innovative design approaches.

The dynamic learning environment includes seminars, studio-based activities, lectures, tutorials, site visits, research training sessions and independent study.

Develop your Major Thesis project in an area that interests you and is relevant to your career aspirations.

Central London location and contacts

Our central London location provides direct access to professional institutions and practice. The course is informed by current industry priorities.

Join a diverse and vibrant student community, with one of the UK's largest international student populations.

Cutting-edge research

A strong research base informs our teaching – 20% of our research in Architecture and the Built Environment was judged as 'World Leading and a further 45% as 'Internationally Excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. 

World class facilities

Study at the newly refurbished Marylebone Campus, where a £20million development has provided world-class facilities.

Our extensive studios and fully staffed workshops are equipped with CNC, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment. Computers are installed with a wide range of graphics and design software with a state of the art CAD lab.

Students enjoy the public programme of curated group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, education projects, talks and events at Ambika P3 - a 14,000 square ft space for contemporary art and architecture beneath Marylebone Campus.

Award-winning students

Students have won an extraordinary number of international awards, including RIBA President's Medals, confirming our reputation as one of the world's leading centres for architectural education.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.


After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.


Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

View the full 2016 exhibition catalogue


Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

View the full 2015 exhibition catalogue


Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

View the full 2014 exhibition catalogue


 Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

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PG 2012

Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

Download the full 2012 exhibition catalogue

PG 2011

Postgraduate and research Architecture and Interiors exhibition catalogue

Download the full exhibition catalogue

Our architecture and interiors students have won an extraordinary number of international awards, including RIBA Presidents Medals, confirming our reputation as one of the world's leading centres for architectural education.

Read more about our architecture and interiors students' awards.

Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

16 November 2016Postgraduate Information EveningHarrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street
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Architecture and the Built Environment

We are one of the country's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, covering the core subject areas that address the future shape of our cities.

Find out more in our welcome from the Dean of the faculty

Architecture and the Built Environment

Postgraduate student funding

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Find out about new student loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate master’s study.

Watch our Architecture MA online information session

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Architecture MA Information Session video with Course Leader Richard Difford

Fabrication Laboratory Westminster

The fabrication laboratory allows students to explore the exciting field of digital fabrication, including ABS and plaster 3D printing, CNC knife cutting, large-scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication.

Exhibition Catalogue

Poster for PG2016 exhibition

View our Postgraduate Architecture and Interiors end of year exhibition exhibition catalogue.

Ambika P3

Ambika P3 gallery

A vast gallery space for contemporary art and architecture, developed from a former concrete construction hall.

Meet the Academics

Lecturer and practising architect Nasser Golzari talks about the University, his work and research in social commitment in architecture


Still from Architecture video

Watch our video to find out more about studying Architecture and Interiors courses with us.