Goldsmiths, University of London: Research Architecture (MA)

InstitutionGoldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Visual Cultures
Study type Taught


This MA programme is for suitably qualified graduates from a range of disciplines wishing to pursue work within the context of politically engaged thinking.

The MA programme has been developed to allow you to combine studio work with theoretical research. Lectures, seminars and workshops will equip you with a grounding in critical spatial practices and related areas of inquiry.

The theoretical module provides a thorough coverage of the historical, philosophical and technological aspects of the intersection of space, power and conflict in light of changing geo-political conditions.

This programme is orientated towards graduates looking to undertake training in research architecture before proceeding onto doctoral studies, or who wish to pursue or enhance their career in the areas of architecture, design, law, journalism, filmmaking, art and curating.

As with our MPhil/PhD track, our MA programme draws practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and disciplines. The MA also enables international exposure of student research through participation in exhibitions, symposia and workshops.

A recent external examination report concluded: “This is an excellent course and possibly the most innovative one in the country".

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Qualification MA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

Places on the MA in Research Architecture are very competitive. They are not limited to graduates of architecture, but open to a range of other disciplines provided that you have, or expect to gain, an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard or equivalent. A good portfolio of practical and/or scholarly work, as well as experience in conducting research and a demonstrable interest in critical spatial practices, are essential.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing, to study with us.


Visual Cultures assessment are 100% coursework. Normally this consists of essays, sometimes accompanied by creative projects, group projects, multi-media projects, presentations, symposia, reviews, and studio work.


This course begins with a specific core module called ‘introduction to research architecture’ as well as the MA core module B, which is shared by students from the whole Visual Cultures MA cohort. The four assessed components of the MA comprise: the special subject ‘conflict and negotiations'; a single major spatial research project (Studio); the symposium; a dissertation.

The research project (Studio), actively engages with spatial practice and theory, and concentrates on in-depth analysis of a distinct issue, process or site. This project forms the core of the MA Dissertation, which you submit at the end of the programme.

A series of seminars, workshops and lectures will provide you with the necessary and stimulating information and create a forum for discussion on contemporary approaches and theories in architectural and spatial research.

Site visit - Every year the MA classes will travel to a place of contemporary interest, generally environments undergoing rapid, intense change where political transformation can be viewed in the development of the built environment.

*Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Location Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW


Channel Islands 15340 GBP for Year 1
EU 8130 GBP for Year 1
England 8130 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 8130 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 8130 GBP for Year 1
Wales 8130 GBP for Year 1
International 15340 GBP for Year 1

Contact details

Course Enquiries

Telephone 020 7078 5300

Visual Cultures

Telephone 020 7919 7498

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