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Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Top 10 Architecture Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Masters degree in architectureThere are two types of masters courses offered in Architecture.

One is an MPhil, which tends to research-based learning and is for those wanting to study for a PhD. The other type is an MArch and is part of the process to become an architect.

If you want to gain a PhD, then an MPhil in architecture is for you.

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If you want to become a qualified RIBA architect, then have a look at our top 10 MArch courses*.

MArch – University of Bath

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £14,400 (UK or EU Students) / £29,665 (International Students) for two years

What You Will Study:

The structure of the course at the University of Bath is unusual. For the first semester students participate in work experience at an architectural practice. Students then work on design projects to develop their skills and learn different approaches. This continues in the second year with the development of designs and projects from the first year.

MArch – Ulster University

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £5,290 (UK or EU Students) / £12,890 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

On this Architecture program there is a diverse range of modules that students can take, and these are led by a team of academics, architects and historians. Students come away with a full understanding of architecture in rural and urban environments.

MArch – University of Brighton

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £9,250 (UK or EU Students) / £13,920 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

A research led course that develops an understanding of architecture and innovative problem solving. The staff and visiting lecturers are often practising architects and this adds to the research-based learning of the students.

MArch – University College Dublin

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: €14,980 (UK or EU Students) / €23,800 (International Students) for two years

What You Will Study:

Recognised by the RIBA and the RIAI, the Architectural School at University College Dublin is also working towards recognition from the American NAAB. This means students receive an international base to their learning. Modules include design, design technology, research and innovation. There are also optional modules in urban design and sustainable design.

MArch – Glasgow School of Art

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £6,480 (UK or EU Students) / £15,840 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

The main modules at the Glasgow School of Art cover subjects such as creative urban practices, history and theory of the city, zero energy mass customised housing and digital creativity. These core modules are the basis for the thesis undertaken in the second year.

MArch – University College London

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £11,125 (UK or EU Students) / £23,690 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

The Bartlett School of Architecture is part of University College London (UCL) and is world-renowned. Students focus on design units that develop and enhance their innovative thinking and design skills.

MArch – University of Kent

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £9,250 (UK or EU Students) / £16,480 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

Students study a range of core modules focusing on design, employability, technology, cultural context and architectural theory. There is an opportunity to spend a semester abroad giving an international flavour to the course.

MArch – Newcastle University

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £9,250 (UK or EU Students) / £17,935 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

The course is designed to allow students to explore the type of architect they wish to become. The main modules focus on design and the optional modules offer the chance to study areas such as planning and architectural practice.

MArch – University of Edinburgh

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £9,250 (UK or EU Students) / £17,935 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

Split into two sections of studio work and non-studio work. This course at the University of Edinburgh offers a chance for students to study in a variety of environments. The studio work develops students architectural design abilities. The non-studio work is focused on lectures and seminars on a range of subjects such as technology, practice, planning and law.

MArch – Cardiff University

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: £9,000 (UK or EU Students) / £19,250 (International Students) per year

What You Will Study:

The Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University is one of the best in the UK. The first year of the course is spent in an architectural practice. The second year is spent working on design projects and lectures on subjects like building economics and professional practice.

In conclusion

Courses for Masters in Architecture vary greatly in the emphasis and method of teaching. There are many institutions where you can study architecture or a related subject such as construction. Try this further list of other universities that offer related subjects.

*SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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