MArch Architecture
  • MArch Architecture

    Course length: Full-time 2 years, Part-time 3 years

    Take the next step towards becoming a qualified architect on our MArch Architecture course. Developing a unique design voice is at the heart of the course while equipping successful graduates with the necessary professional competencies.

    Research-by-design

    The course is made up of eight units taught over two years full-time and three years part-time study. Each unit falls into the area of Design Studio, Research or Professional Studies.

    Studio options range from practitioner-led masterclasses, or active research in coastal architectural design, contemporary considerations in conservation/rehabilitation, modern vernacular architecture in provincial towns and rural areas.

    You will be supported to tackle real-world issues, while speculating and proposing new futures through bold experimentation and boundless enquiry in project-based learning.

    Our tutors come from industry and research and our community is a place where academics, practitioners and students are co-designing new ways of thinking.

    Teaching is delivered in a dedicated postgraduate studio space, equipped with computer workstations, model-making facilities, large format printers and 3D printers.

    You share the infrastructure of a specialist creative arts university with equipment, expertise and support of disciplines such as Games, Fine Art, Fashion, and Interior Design.

    You have access to workshops with capability for plastics, metal, wood, and concrete work.

    Backed by industry and professional networks

    The course is supported by RIBA East, the Norfolk Association of Architectures (NAA), and benefits from activity already established in the BA (Hons) Architecture course, such as the student society, the external lecture series which boasts of guests such as Kengo Kuma Architects, UN Studio, Studio Granda, Tonkin Liu and Drozdov and Partners, and academics from the US and across the UK.

    We have collaborative arrangements with professional practitioners and regional organisations and networks such as the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.

    Student work images by Molly Agnew, BA Architecture

    All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

    Entry requirements for UK/Overseas applicants:

    Qualification/academic completion equivalent to UK ARB/RIBA Part I degree, at 2.1 Hons or above.

    Portfolio assessment/interview

    Post Part I professional experience is not required but may be advantageous

    International students

    If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. 

    2022/23 University fees for new entrants

    NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

    Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a postgraduate loan from the UK government.

    Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government postgraduate loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

    Fee status Course Annual fee
    Home Postgraduate degree (full-time) £9,000
    Home Postgraduate degree (part-time, over 2 years) £5,625 per year
    Home MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years) £9,250 per year
    Home MArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years) £6,167 per year
    Overseas Postgraduate degree (full-time) £18,000
    Overseas MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years) £18,000 per year

    In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X. The exceptions to this are the fees for the Home postgraduate degree (part-time) and the MArch Architecture (full-time and part-time), which will definitely remain at the same rate in later years.

    Financial support for UK students in 2022

    Postgraduate Masters Loan

    For 2022, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan.

    NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

    All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. For the purposes of this discount, alumni are those who have completed a course with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level, but excluding short courses.

    All NUA staff and art teachers at high schools or sixth form colleges are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. As long as this status applies at the time that they start the course, we will honour the discount for the duration of the course, even if the person subsequently leaves their employment.

    How to apply

    Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using an M Arch Architecture Application Form.

    Applications should be returned to admissions@nua.ac.uk 

    Terms and conditions

    Interview

    If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MArch Architecture course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.

    Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.

    When should I apply for an MArch Architecture course?

    There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 30 July (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.

    Find out more about applying.

    Lecturers

    • Anthony Hudson

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