University of East London

Course Introduction

The MA in Architecture and Urbanism builds upon UEL legacy of world-leading form generation through computational design explored through the work of the university?s late senior lecturer, Paul Coates. This involves using parametric and object-oriented design methodologies seamlessly with rapid manufacturing and visualization techniques available within the school. Whether you want to expand your field of expertise, or deepen it, this unique one-year course will enrich your knowledge and enhance your career in the fields of Advanced Architectural, Urban Design and Digital Fabrication. The course is aimed at architecture graduates wishing to specialize in advanced digital design processes, and at those within the ?built environment? ? such as planners, psychologists, quantity surveyors or designers

Along the course Advanced Architectural Design, Parametric Urban Design, Digital Manufacturing will be developed across the year following a common digital platform which simulates the state of the art of design processes in contemporary architectural practices. The goal is experimenting new possibilities for architectural spaces and cities connecting the design to advanced fabrication techniques and sustainable strategies in order to generate a research leading to a secure impact in the industry. The Master is structured in three terms which will explore a holistic approach to digital architecture and urban design following the ?systemic design? paradigm which uses advanced methods of concept generation, context analysis, programmatic control and performance assessment to achieve a high level of multidisciplinary design coordination. You will study two taught theory modules, each worth 30 credits, and a practical module worth 60 before proceeding to your concluding thesis. The thesis submission will focus on the manufacturing process of a large scale component or a physical model of the building/masterplan. It will include a written dissertation to complement your studies with a critical reflection on processes and choices made along the course. This course is ideal if you are a practitioner or recent graduate wishing to diversify your knowledge of built environment disciplines. And if you are considering further study, the course will provide an ideal route towards PhD-level work.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,260 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,260 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,260 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need a 2.2 Honours degree in Built Environment Discipline. They are normally expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have an overall IELTS 6.0 with minimum 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading(or recognised equivalent)