University of Reading: Master of Architecture MArch

InstitutionUniversity of Reading
Department School of Architecture
Telephone 0118 378 5289
Study type Taught


**Join a new generation of architects with our Master of Architecture (MArch) course.**

Continue your architectural studies on this postgraduate programme, the second stage in becoming a qualified architect in the UK.

We aim to equip you with the skills of a twenty-first century architect: one who utilises space through quality design, innovates responsibly within a world of finite resources, and shapes environments to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

At the Reading School of Architecture, we study architecture in a UK professional context, but with a global outlook. You will examine architecture's role within a rapidly urbanising world — and through a cultural, social and environmental lens — where new approaches are needed.

Through research themes, project sites, case studies and practices from around the world, we aim to support your development as a rounded, creative, progressive architect with international relevance.

Our School sits within the renowned School of the Built Environment, which has strong industry links and is ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of Research Excellence Framework 2014).

**Industry-relevant learning**
We have worked closely with industry partners to develop our master's-level architecture programme. Our curriculum aims to be responsive to architecture's ever-changing forms and expectations.

The course is under consideration for prescription by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and we are liaising with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with regard to validation.

Your studies will be focused on four core strands of architectural practice:
- architectural design

- research methods

- architectural technologies

- professional skills.

This framework will extend your ability to research, think critically, analyse, self-appraise and work collaboratively in a team.

Building on your architecture degree studies (Part 1), you will:
- focus on design as a research practice to critically engage with places and communities

- engage with diverse modes of architectural production, communication and practice

- learn how to respond to societal, environmental and technological challenges.

Unpack topics such as sustainability, urbanism, landscape and culture, and discover or develop your personal interest in the architectural world.

You will also benefit from guest lectures led by internationally renowned architects and construction specialists. This offers a great insight into the industry and a chance to build your network of contacts.

**Internationally diverse team of experts**
Our experts play a leading role in developing and supporting innovation, in both the profession and in education, in the UK and beyond.

Your learning will be enriched by our academics who bring expertise from across the globe. Their wealth of industry experience — our team comprises academics, specialist design tutors and practice-based tutors — will increase your awareness of approaches, styles and diversity of architecture worldwide.

**Developing you as a researcher and practitioner**
At Reading, we're passionate about supporting you to become an active researcher with a formidable skill set. Our academics will support you to:
- communicate the value of your work, and be instrumental in conveying architecture as affordable, accessible and vital

- conduct rigorous research, underpinned by critical thinking

- develop transferable skills

- enter the world of work as a capable practitioner researcher.

To help you acquire these skills, you will engage with a series of architectural design research units, a unique facet of the course.

Master of Architecture - MArch

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