Architecture (Master of) MArch - 2022 Entry

Entry Year
2022 (2021)

Full time 2 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our Master's degree in Architecture addresses key global problems that deeply impact society. Our future-facing Part 2 Architecture programme engages directly with clients, key stakeholders and policy-makers. Lancaster University is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. Building on our institutional reputation for excellence in teaching and research, the new Master of Architecture programme (MArch) is structured to provide you with the ability and agility to adapt to our constantly changing workplaces.

You will develop advanced digital skills to enable the production and fabrication of ideas including advanced Parametric, GIS and BIM techniques, alongside relevant presentation skills supported through dedicated IT facilities.

Professionalism in practice is developed through casework, contextual studies and work placements, which enables you to develop a deep market understanding of the future direction of the profession.

Design studio is the core activity for the M.Arch.; a collaborative community of academics, practitioners and students all engaged collectively in the pursuit of architectural design and research excellence. You will work with some of UK’s leading designers, architects, academics and researchers in a collaborative atmosphere that strives towards positive social, economic, technological and environmental change.

You will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to be agile and ethical in your practice, and ready to meet the challenges posed by contemporary global problems such as climate emergency, work force automation, data security and the ageing population.

Our aim with the postgraduate Architecture programme is to produce research specialist architecture graduates who are highly valued in their place of work and indispensable within design, fabrication and construction teams through their forward-thinking technological knowledge, and their skills in application and innovation.

School of Architecture sketchbook

Please email us if you'd like us to send you a free architect's sketchbook.

Lancaster University School of Architecture

The Lancaster School of Architecture is a new and exploratory school. As an affiliate of ImaginationLancaster, the globally recognised design-led research lab at Lancaster University, we conduct interdisciplinary design and architecture research into current and future challenges facing cities, communities, factories, workplaces and homes.

ImaginationLancaster’s critical mass of diverse, internationally acclaimed researchers work together in an open culture delivering new knowledge and concepts for places, processes, technologies buildings and policies. With partnerships across multiple sectors and industries, ImaginationLancaster’s rigorous and unique approach facilitates innovation and provides fresh perspectives on real world issues. It is our intention that as a new School of Architecture, our design and research will contribute to a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world.

Our forthcoming studio design project themes include:

  • Parametric and Generative Architecture
  • The Climate Crisis
  • Arts and Crafts in Architecture
  • Adaptive Biomimetic Facades
  • Policy and Community

Our Facilities

As well as an individual working space in our studios, in Part 2 Architecture you'll use our workshops which provide facilities for model-making at various scales, encompassing hand tools and digital fabrication equipment including 3D printers and laser cutters. Digital facilities will include laser scanning, visualisation equipment and large-scale printing, as well as access to the full Adobe Creative Suite and other specialist software. 


“At Lancaster School of Architecture, we are striving to be different: the profession of architecture is undergoing more changes, and at a faster rate, than any period since the 1950s. To respond to these changes, we need to be agile, flexible and responsive, something that is far easier for us to do as a new school, without a legacy of set ways of doing things. The future practitioner will need to be highly research-literate to respond to external drivers of change such as the global climate crisis, social/ethical concerns, and the digital economy. As an architecture school embedded in a research-intensive university like Lancaster, we will help you develop the research skills that, combined with an inquiring and creative spirit, you will need to help lead our profession into the future.”

Des Fagan

Head of Architecture, M.Arch Course Leader


Lancaster University is seeking prescription of the Master of Architecture course Part 2 programme by the ARB in 2021 and validation by the RIBA for its inaugural graduating cohort.

Masters of Architecture – Apprenticeship L7

We intend to launch a new postgraduate Apprenticeship soon. Please register your details with us to be sent updates.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.





Full Time (per year)
UK £9,250
International  £20,930


The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following your studies, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, and every postgraduate student belongs to Graduate College, whether you live on campus or choose to commute. All students pay a small college membership fee, which supports the running of college events and activities. Once you have been accepted into Graduate College, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay the college membership fee.

For students starting in 2020 the fee is £15 for students on one-year courses, and £40 for research students. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

Related courses

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Architecture (Part 2) is fully accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

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Lancaster University Architecture

The new School of Architecture is based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), the new MArch Architecture programme aims to be one of the UK’s leading destinations for aspiring architects.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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