London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

This design-led research focussed course will allow you to develop your own creative and intellectual thesis. Drawing on the strengths of The Cass in architecture, design and research, it is taught in parallel with the MArch (RIBA 2) Architecture course. The range of tutors and interests represented across studios provides a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis, with an option (subject to complying with RIBA 1 requirements) to transfer to the RIBA 2 course.

The Metropolitan Architecture Student Society (MASS) is very active in organising lectures, events and socials, and has a wide network of industry sponsors. To see what they're up to, follow MASS on Instagram and Twitter.

To date, this course has been particularly attractive to international students and can be seen as an entry-level primer for those wishing to pursue further research.

This course provides you with a practical and theoretical understanding of both architecture and interior design, presenting you with a rare opportunity for high-level study of both these areas. The course is open to graduates of architecture, interior design and other closely related subjects and is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2. Drawing upon the established strengths of The Cass in architecture and interior design, you will explore their common interest in spatial design and work within an established critical theoretical framework. The main subject areas you?ll cover are in design, history and theory. Each module contains complementary skills and knowledge for you to master and together they will thoroughly test your ability in this field. You?ll learn from a wide selection of tutors, studios and interest groups, and there will also be a strong emphasis on your own self-directed study. The design-based and research-orientated structure of the MA will help you focus on improving your skills and developing excellence in the work you to produce. Likewise, the coursework provides a strong design platform from which you can develop your thesis creatively and intellectually.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £12,650 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,860 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £12,650 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students will be required to have: a good honours degree in architecture, interior design or a closely related subject; design talent, ability and motivation demonstrated through presentation of a portfolio and a personal statement that articulates their academic and professional interests and ambition.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: overall academic IELTS score of 6.0 including Listening: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Component scores required: Listening: 51; Reading: 51; Writing: 51; Speaking: 51; Cambridge English - Certificate of Proficiency overall grade required: C. A certifying statement of results is also required.