Liverpool John Moores University: Architecture (Master of Architecture - MArch)

InstitutionLiverpool John Moores University View institution profile
Department Liverpool School of Art and Design
Telephone 0151 231 5175
Study type Taught


The Liverpool School of Art and Design, supported by experts in this academic field, offers you a development opportunity to creatively engage in a truly interdisciplinary and project-orientated architectural study.

- Course offered full-time (2 years) and part-time (4 years)

- A long standing and nationally respected programme that has been fully validated and externally accredited for over 40 years - the 2017 programme revalidation commended the MArch programme for its focus on a range of urban design projects

- Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

- Internationally excellent research informs the curriculum and underpins teaching

- Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation

- The School of Art and Design offers a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students.

4 course options

Qualification Master of Architecture - MArch
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

You will need:

a minimum 2:2 honours degree in Architecture
to attend an interview

Additional information

Assessment of suitability to the course may also be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and an interview
Students with first degrees without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption should be aware that the MArch awards exemption from RIBA / ARB Part 2 only. If you wish to register as an Architect in this country or become an RIBA Chartered architect you will have to acquire RIBA / ARB Part 1 separately
IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements:

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:


To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

This is a project-oriented course. You will develop design ideas in the studio, guided by semester tutors and, at regular intervals, by joint review panels of design tutors and external critics who will comment on your progress.

Teaching is intensive and you will learn via one-to-one and group discussions plus regular presentations of work, so that continuous group and self-assessment is built into your course.

The environmental, structural and constructional aspects of your design projects will be assessed in technical workshops.

You will also need to submit: written, drawn and modelled coursework submissions, a written and illustrated dissertation, written and illustrated essays and reports plus reflective statements.


Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core Modules

Theory and Research 1 (30 credits)
Theory and Research 2 (20 credits)
Specialist Study (30 credits)
Urban Design Project 1 (30 credits)
Urban Design Project 2 (30 credits)
Architectural Design Project (30 credits)
Thesis Project (60 credits)
Management Practice and Law (10 credits)

Location Liverpool John Moores University
Student Recruitment and Admissions
Exchange Station
Tithebarn Street
L2 2QP


International 14450 GBP for Year 1
EU 9250 GBP for Year 1
England 9250 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 9250 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 9250 GBP for Year 1
Wales 9250 GBP for Year 1
Channel Islands 9250 GBP for Year 1


Founded in 1823, LJMU is ranked in the top 600 higher education institutions in the world* and attracts staff and students from over 100 countries. Our postgraduates are highly sought after by employers with over 96% in work or further study six months after graduation**.

LJMU is a leading research institution and 96% of the research submitted for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was considered of international quality or better.

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