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University of Huddersfield: Architecture and Architecture International (RIBA part 2)

Institution University of Huddersfield
Department Department of Design and the Built Environment (AHDBE)
Telephone +44 (0)1484 257054
Study type Taught


Successful completion of this RIBA validated course provides exemption from Part 2 of the ARB prescribed Examination in Architecture.

As part of the process of becoming a professionally-qualified Architect in the UK, graduates are required to complete a period of supervised ‘practical training’, 12 months of which (commonly referred-to as the ‘Year Out’) is normally undertaken before commencing full-time academic study at Master’s level. This period of practical training constitutes Year 1 of the University of Huddersfield MArch course.

Years 2 and Year 3 of the course are design-centred and intended to enable you to thoughtfully and creatively explore the architectural and urban implications of environmental change and technological developments, as well as architecture's own inherent complexities and transformations. It is also important that students should develop a critical appreciation of the context - both physical and cultural - within which design work is undertaken. All this enables you to establish your own theoretical position, through which you will be expected to develop a high degree of sensitivity to the contexts and transformations within which design work is undertaken in geographical, cultural, social and technical terms.

All design projects explore applications of sustainability and encourage a wide and plural outlook appropriate for both developed and developing countries. In this global worldview, understanding of progressive theories of design and the application of advanced construction methods co-exist with concern for the implementation of appropriate sustainable technologies, awareness of regional development issues and respect for appropriate building practices as well as advanced construction technologies.

The rationale and definition of ‘International’ both builds upon the studies undertaken as part of the Architecture (International) BA(Hons) degree awarded by the University of Huddersfield and acknowledges the reality of rapidly changing architectural practice in a fast moving, global context. Our course aims to prepare you for new and emerging forms of practice through the development of your personal learning skills and a deep understanding of the need for flexibility, adaptability, innovation and enterprise in your career.

Professional links and accreditation: This course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level. The Department has strong links with architectural practices and the RIBA nationally and regionally, and works closely with the Huddersfield Society of Architects wherever possible.

Additional cost: Field Trips - Field trips in Year 2 are usually organised and executed in conjunction with architectural and urban design projects to experience and survey sites. Specific module documents will explain the designated destinations; tutors will explain the procedures for travel. The location and typology of your Year 3 final design project is chosen by you in consultation with your Tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for site analysis and other contextual/cultural investigations, the costs of which are your responsibility and are not included in course fees. Please be aware that the MArch course allows you to choose a site in the UK/Europe. If you elect to follow the MArch (International) route, the location of your final project would be in a 'non-European' cultural region.

Materials - You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment, materials for producing models and printing. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £150 in year one (the year out), £400 in year two and £1,125 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Master of Architecture - MArch

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