Architecture (Master of)


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 2 Years


Why Lancaster?

  • Our unique location adjacent to a small wood, on the edge of the Lake District World Heritage site, provides an excellent base from which to investigate the global climate emergency
  • Our collaborative community of students, researchers and practitioners are collectively engaged in the exploration of ethical practice.
  • Work with practices on significant UK projects including Eden North and Lancaster Garden Village to influence the future direction of the profession.
  • We teach in a boutique environment that equips students with essential skills including fabrication and prototyping, parametricism, machine learning and carbon calculation.
  • You will work in your own dedicated studio space, open 24/7 for you to draw, model and think in.

The architecture industry is changing in response to the climate crisis. To keep up, you need to be agile, flexible and quick at finding sustainable solutions. Join us at Lancaster to perfect the skills you need to be a leader in this profession and tackle the pressing problems facing the world today.

Addressing the big questions

Our team of architects are committed to looking closely at how to design thoughtfully and ethically to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability. The course has been designed to prioritise three themes to drive this change.

  • The Climate Emergency
  • Future Practice
  • Digital Crafting

Studying here, you’ll spend half the time in studio, and spend the rest of the time in workshops, lectures or seminars. Our design project themes cover a diverse range of areas, from policy and community to parametric and generative architecture. You might also look at the climate crisis or Arts and Crafts in architecture.

Spend time in the studio

As well as an individual working space in our studios, you'll use our workshops where you can do model-making at various scales, use hand tools and become familiar with digital fabrication equipment. Our digital facilities also include laser scanning, visualisation kits and large-scale printing, as well as access to all the specialist software you need.

Carrying out your own piece of research will be a key part of this course. It will also be your opportunity to look at an area of architecture through an ethical lens. We’ll prepare you for this project by exploring the methods you can apply to address the crucial questions in this area.

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


The M.Arch. Master's 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.

TEA Talks

We run regular events on the theme of Technology, Environment and Architecture. These feature talks and discussion with leading experts. Find out more and book a place at our next event.

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.


By the end of this programme, you’ll have advanced research skills, as well as a high level of technological knowledge and skills in innovation. This combination is indispensable within design, fabrication and construction teams.

Your organisation and communication skills will make you stand out too. You’ll also be able to impress potential employers with your ability to solve whatever problem you’re faced with.

Career paths you might consider include:

  • Architect
  • Sustainability Expert
  • Property Developer
  • Construction Manager

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.

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)
Home £9,250 n/a
International £23,750 n/a

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

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.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 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.

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