London South Bank University

Course Introduction

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 is well connected to key practices in London; many LSBU graduates also choose to work abroad. You may also use your qualifications outside architecture to enter careers such as journalism, project management, writing, teaching, research, or software and gaming design. In addition to offering the university award of MArch: Master of Architecture (and RIBA part 2), the course is also a preparation for the second period of practical training. The first period of practical training is usually, but not exclusively, undertaken following completion of the first degree in architecture (RIBA part 1).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £9,250 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £9,250 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £13,780 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £17,727 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £17,727 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
Master of Architecture - MArch £27,560 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants to the course should have a first degree in architecture (2:2 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.