Architecture (Master of)

MArch

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 2 Years

Overview

The driving principles behind our new Master's degree in Architecture are sustainability and an ethical approach to professional practice.

Our School of Architecture aims to produce graduates who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and competency to address key global problems that deeply impact society.

Lancaster University is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK, with a strong track record for graduate employment. Building on our institutional reputation for excellence in teaching and research, the new Master of Architecture programme (MArch) has been designed from scratch and incorporates the latest thinking and research in the field. 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 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 will enable you to develop understand the future direction of the profession.
  • Design studio is the core activity for the M.Arch. This is a collaborative community of academics, practitioners and students all engaged collectively in the pursuit of architectural design and research excellence.
  • 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.

Through the Part 2 Architecture programme at Lancaster University you will gain both advanced research skills as well as a high level of technological knowledge, and skills in application and innovation. This combination is indispensable within design, fabrication and construction teams.

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 newly established Lancaster School of Architecture is an affiliate of ImaginationLancaster, the globally recognised design-led research lab at Lancaster University. We conduct research into current and future design and architecture challenges facing cities, communities, factories, workplaces and homes.

ImaginationLancaster’s 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. As a new School of Architecture, our ambition it to contribute to a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world through our work.

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

Events

We run regular events featuring talks and discussion with leading experts on the theme of Technology, Environment and Architecture (TEA talks!). Visit our TEA talks webpage to find out more and sign up for the next event.

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, M.Arch Course Leader

Accreditation

The MArch Master of Architecture (Part II) is fully accredited by the ARB (Architects Registration Board). It is expected that validation by the RIBA will follow when our first Master's cohort graduates.

Masters of Architecture – Apprenticeship L7

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

Entry Requirements

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in architecture or a related discipline

A digital portfolio of your work will be required

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Course Structure

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

Core

Core

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.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £9,250 n/a
International £21,980 n/a

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Professional Accreditation

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

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Imagination Lancaster

ImaginationLancaster is an open and exploratory research lab that investigates emerging issues, technologies and practices to advance knowledge and develop solutions that contribute to the common good. We conduct applied and theoretical research into products, places and systems – using innovative strategies including disruptive design techniques that combine traditional and social science methods with practice-based methods arising from the arts.

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 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.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.