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University of Liverpool: Master of Architecture

InstitutionUniversity of Liverpool
Department School of Architecture View department profile
Telephone 0151 794 5927
Study type Taught


The Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is accredited as an RIBA Part 2 award, and is a professional/undergraduate Masters qualification available to students with a BA/BSc in Architecture and RIBA Part I (we will consider other 1st Class degrees based on folio and experience as stated above). This degree is validated by the RIBA and prescribed by ARB as a Part 2 qualification towards access to the Architectural Profession in Europe.

Candidates should be aware that those who do not have RIBA Part 1 on joining the MArch here at Liverpool, may apply to the Architects Registration Board (ARB ) upon MArch course completion to be considered for RIBA Part 1 (for a fee payable to ARB). The University of Liverpool has no say in this process, which is undertaken independently by the candidate.

Year 1 focuses on design through lectures, seminars and carefully planned individual and group work. Taught modules outside studio design cover professional practice and contemporary approaches to technology.

You'll then begin the second year with a design project that's set, reviewed, and taught by a notable practitioner or design practice. In 2019-20 this was Ian Ritchie Architects.

The programme builds towards the Design Thesis, where you’ll produce a major piece of work in response to your own brief. The dissertation subject will reflect your personal interests.

You'll be taught by our full time staff and by selected practitioners and Honorary Professors. These included Ian Ritchie and Hans Van De Heijden in 2019/20. We’ve a very generous offering of prizes for students performing strongly in areas of our MArch degree.

Students may take Semester 1 of Year 2 abroad at one of our approved exchange Schools of Architecture in China, Australia or Europe.

Master of Architecture - MArch (Hons)

University of Liverpool
Liverpool School of Architecture

The Liverpool School of Architecture at the University of Liverpool was established in 1894, and was the first UK university to award a RIBA-accredited degree in Architecture. Today, we are ranked 9th in the UK for our research, with 40% of publications rated as being of ‘world-leading’ quality (REF 2014).  

As one of the UK's premier centres for architectural research and education, we are proud of our long tradition and position in the world of Architecture, both nationally and internationally. Over the years, we have produced six RIBA Gold Medal award winners. …

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