London South Bank University

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

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

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time

Qualifications required:

  • The MSc: Master of Science in Architecture course is intended to attract
  • the broadest demographic of students possible, maximising opportunities
  • for participation in a higher degree related to a demanding professional
  • discipline. 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. To be considered for entry
  • to the course, applicants will usually be required to have the following
  • qualifications: a good degree in architecture (2.1 or better) from an international university, which is validated by a recognised national or regional body or a good 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 a 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.
  • However, because 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. Preparation for the interview outlined above is therefore very important.