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The MArch is designed to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career.  Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course.

The architectural profession is rapidly developing through the influence of new technologies, emerging markets and political and ecological drivers. You will develop the tools to respond flexibly to authentic situations and possibilities, to deal with contingency and complexity.

Accreditation

  • Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

The skills you will acquire are transferable and focus upon: autonomous learning; authentic and analytical methods of inquiry; critical curiosity; social responsibility; and design and communication skills via a comprehensive mix of manual and digital methods.

Northumbria University has introduced a generous discount scheme for those students returning to study the Architecture MArch course in September 2018. See if you're eligible HERE.

The MArch is designed to equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career.  Critical thinking, independent learning, imaginative solutions and the rigorous justification of design decisions are at the heart of our course.

The architectural profession is rapidly developing through the influence of new technologies, emerging markets and political and ecological drivers. You will develop the tools to respond flexibly to authentic situations and possibilities, to deal with contingency and complexity.

Accreditation

  • Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level for the purpose of registration in the UK.
  • Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 2 level for the purpose of eligibility for membership of the RIBA.

The skills you will acquire are transferable and focus upon: autonomous learning; authentic and analytical methods of inquiry; critical curiosity; social responsibility; and design and communication skills via a comprehensive mix of manual and digital methods.

Northumbria University has introduced a generous discount scheme for those students returning to study the Architecture MArch course in September 2018. See if you're eligible HERE.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
2 years full-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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A supportive studio design culture ensures that you will learn as part of an educational community, sharing knowledge, precedents and techniques in replicating architectural practice.

You will be encouraged to make extensive use of the department’s design studios, workshops, and computing laboratories to develop knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding. Your interaction in this respect is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process. Assessment is by design project portfolio and assignment.

Architecture is a design-led discipline, and at least half of your study time will be focused upon the development of key architectural design skills, via the use of real-life studio design projects. The design modules are supported by taught modules (including history and theory, technology and environment, manual and digital communications, and practice, management and law).

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You will learn from staff with a wide range of expertise, research and scholarship. An acclaimed, award-winning, teaching team comprising outstanding architects and academics will offer guidance, support and expertise throughout your course. Collectively, this team has designed and built award-winning buildings, both nationally and internationally, as well as publishing world-leading research.

The research-informed teaching methods used in the MArch focuses on industry and practice-based inquiry; this is reinforced by using real projects, often collaborating with professional practice and real clients, and importantly using regional sites. This approach has been recognised as being outstanding by national and international authorities, external examiners and professional bodies, and has led to unmatched levels of student satisfaction and employability.

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Whatever your aspirations in architecture and the built environment, you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios. Throughout your course you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas out of the department and into the world around you.

Your studies are supported by some of the best studio and workshop facilities in the country, including state-of-the-art 2&3D rapid prototyping machines and associated computer software. You are encouraged to use the full suite of technology enhanced learning (TEL) opportunities available to you as part of our modern curriculum.

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Research-rich methods are embedded within the learning, teaching and assessment strategy of the MArch course. You will build upon research-based knowledge to develop your critical curiosity, informed judgement and ability to evaluate proposals.

Assessment methods encourage critical and deep approaches to learning, including your use of focused research inquiries specific to design processes.

Architecture and Built Environment is a top 30 research department with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA16).

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The high employability rates of Northumbria architecture graduates are a testament to our approach.

By aligning the course with the General Criteria and the Desired Graduate Attributes of the professional bodies (the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects Registration Board), the skills and knowledge expected of Part II graduates are intrinsic to the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Consequently, you will be fully equipped to enter the profession and practice at the required levels expected on completing the course.

Our department functions within an expansive network of employers and contacts at local, national and international level, all aware of the course’s reputation for academic and professional excellence and eager to connect and collaborate with you on graduation.

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The MArch course fulfils the ARB/RIBA Part II requirements for professional accreditation, and will enable you to develop the higher level skills of design and research needed to support self-directed architectural design projects, and to shape your future career. The majority of MArch graduates secure positions in national and international design-led architectural practices.

Many of the skills developed through the programme are transferrable, including autonomous learning, critical curiosity, social responsibility and both manual and digital communication skills. The skills acquired through the course have enabled our graduates to diversify into such fields as construction, BIM, visualisation, property development, urban design, set design, project management and housing, as well as to continue into doctoral studies.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you self-motivated with a desire to take your architecture career to the next level? This course would suit anyone with an interest in complex design issues and a desire to develop an area of specialism within architecture.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree from a Part 1 accredited Architectural course, and a minimum of three months relevant postgraduate work experience.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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KA6006 -

Cultural Context (NC, 20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to review, reflect upon, consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of cultural issues; and apply them to inform approaches to studio design projects. You will be able to critically evaluate concepts and data from cultural topics, analyse them and frame appropriate questions to identify a range of solutions in various contexts. You will be able to practice communicating ideas and applications of cultural issues in terms that may be appropriate to diverse audiences. A range of topics will be delivered to stimulate these activities:
• Alternative perspectives of the city and mapping by a variety of groups and individuals
• Social narratives
• Dwelling and lifestyles for adults and children in different contexts
• The concept of place
• Local, regional, national and global phenomena
• Influence of the Arts on Architecture
It will be important for you to make valued judgements about the content of these topics, and how they might align with your own emerging philosophy in the practice of architecture. On completion of this module, the knowledge and understanding acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your professional pathway. You will also develop academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal accountability; and the role of ethics and social responsibility within academic and professional work. You will be encouraged to take increased ownership of your own learning.

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KA6007 -

Authentic Design Inquiry (NC, 60 Credits)

You will engage with authentic real life architectural projects for a variety of stakeholders, including: charities, public bodies, quangos and commercial clients (although the latter depends on the ethical validity of the project). You will not only explore the discipline as a practical and theoretical subject, but be exposed to the social function of architecture, and in some case the financial constraints that architects have to operate within. Creativity in this module is expressed as a social phenomenon as well as an artistic one. You will also develop your skills in being able to: critically appraise and develop design briefs; make assessments of and respond to, the project’s contingencies and complexities; to communicate your work to an audience other than your peers and your tutor; and develop design strategies that result in sophisticated and appropriate design solutions that embrace the full criteria of a real live architectural project.

This module will be supported by relevant and timely workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, also including members of the client group that we are working with.
Verbal feedback is provided via tutorials, through verbal, written and drawn formats throughout the semester. This ongoing guidance will provide you with opportunities for reflection and independent learning.

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KA6008 -

Practice Management and Law (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the procurement and administration of a construction project; the contractual, legal and statutory framework; and information on an Architect’s professional duties and responsibilities. You will learn about enterprise; formulation of a business plan and how to prepare a financial forecast.

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KA6016 -

Architectural Research Methods (NC, 20 Credits)

You will learn through lectures, seminars and independent learning. The lectures will cover research principles and concepts that will enable you to tackle guided exercises and assignments. You will work on these during seminars, which will allow you to develop and demonstrate understanding of these research principles and concepts through discussion and debate. You will propose a relevant research question as the basis for assignments.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

More information

KA7011 -

Design Project 3: Analysis and Proposal (NC, 40 Credits)

You will improve your skills and creativity in design; the ability critically to appraise, understand the nature of, and develop design briefs; to analyse and make an assessment of the complexities of the project’s context; and propose and justify a design strategy. You will learn to engage with critical reflection on the cultural and social context of your area of study. Through independent and supported inquiry you will develop the design proposal up to sketch scheme (equivalent of RIBA Workstage 2) in response to your exploration. This learning will be evidenced in a capstone Design Report that demonstrates your theoretical position, programme context, brief development and the early stages of your design proposal.

This module will be supported by workshops and tutorials, and regular reviews, where you are expected to be critical engaged in the process.
Verbal, written and drawn feedback is provided formatively at tutorials and strategic reviews throughout the semester, to provide ongoing guidance and to establish opportunities for reflection and independent learning. Summative assessment will be provided at the end of the semester providing guidance to be taken into DP4.

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KA7012 -

Design Project 4 - Realisation (NC, 50 Credits)

This is the capstone design project for the M.Arch that will engage you as an independent learner in the development of a complex and integrated design proposal, based on the inquiry undertaken in dp3. During this phase of the year-long thesis project you will engage in a rigorous design process, developing your concept (established in dp3) into a coherent and complex design solution. With support from your design tutors you will utilise the skills and knowledge learnt during your education to date, and you will be expected to engage with an increased level of complexity and criticality that involves, amongst other exploration: an engagement with context (physical, poetic, theoretical); research into precedents and building typologies (spatial, and organisational); development of building programme, building form, spatial sophistication, materiality and appropriate detail, working together in an integrated and holistic way; consideration of regulatory and legal constraints; technological choices and comparisons and coherently communicated through verbal, written and graphical (both 2 and 3D formats)- all commensurate with level 7 scholarship.

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KA7013 -

Student Selected Investigation (NC, 30 Credits)

On completion of the module, you will learn skills that enable independent learning through research and advanced scholarship, within the discipline of architecture. More specifically you will acquire the knowledge and skills to identify a research question and to be able to use appropriate methodologies towards collecting data and addressing the question. You will also learn how to employ analytical skills to systematically evaluate data and to draw conclusions from this data and ultimately be able to communicate the findings through appropriate means.

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