London South Bank University

Course Introduction

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 emphasises 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 enquiry 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 competences established at 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.

Course Modules

Modules: Design 401; design 402 (arts, media and digital design); design 403; history and theory (critical thinking); energy and resource efficiency in design; professional practice and design economics; design 501; design 502 (arts, media and digital design);dDesign 503; architecture and theory (dissertation); technology 5 (technical thesis).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch

Qualifications required:

  • This course is usually intended for graduates of architecture courses where students who hold a university degree and part 1 professional qualification recognised the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Applicants to the course should have a 1st degree in architecture (class 2.1 or better); however, the University recognises that individuals may develop additional skills outside university, and will interview such applicants who have developed a high quality portfolio of relevant academic and practice 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.