Master of Architecture in UK

Master of Architecture in UK

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Study Info CentreTue Nov 09 2021

Master of Architecture in UK prepares students for the vast industry of Architecture by equipping students with skills of regenerative design, social value, community empowerment and collaborative practice, and technical skills of the architectural world.

This is a 2-4 year course concentrated on four core strands of architectural practice such as

  • architectural design
  • research methods
  • architectural technologies
  • professional skills.

The cost of a Master in Architecture in the UK ranges from GBP 11,000 to 27,000 for international students. For domestic students of the UK, the fee is generally GBP 9,250. 

This course is offered in the UK in association with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

As a result, once you graduate from a RIBA recognized institute, you automatically become a RIBA member upon your graduation. 

Why study Master of Architecture in UK?

  • 5 of the 100 best universities for master of Architecture according to QS Ranking are from the UK.
  • The tuition fees for Master of Architecture in the UK is not very high for international students. 
  • Architects with master degrees are likely to earn 60% higher salaries than architects with bachelor degrees. 
  • Upon graduation, you will be a RIBA member and you can practice as an architect. You can benefit from the 2-year graduate route and stay back and work in UK. 

Top Universities for Master of Architecture in UK

According to the QS Ranking of universities subject, these are the best universities for Master of Architecture in UK.

Ranking in UK

QS World University Ranking 2022

University

Programs Offered and Duration

1

3

University of Cambridge

M. St. Architecture Apprenticeship

2

8

University College London

MS Architectural Computation

M. Arch Architectural Design 

M. Arch Architecture 

3

16

University of Edinburgh

M. Arch Architecture 

4

27

Manchester School of Architecture

M.Arch in Architecture Studies

5

95

University of Sheffield

MS Digital Architecture and Design; MS Sustainable Architecture and Studies; M.A. Urban Design; M.A. Architectural Design 

6

103

University of Nottingham

M.Arch

7

134

Newcastle University

M. Arch Architecture 

8

151

Cardiff University

M. Arch Architectural Studies; M.A. Architectural Design 

9

166

University of Bath

M.Arch Architecture

10

189

University of Liverpool

M.Arch 

11

201

University of Reading

M. Arch

12

302

University of Strathclyde

M. Arch Architectural Design 

13

429

Oxford Brookes University

M. Arch in Architecture

Master of Architecture in UK Fees

University

Annual tuition fees for domestic students in GBP

Annual Tuition fees for international students in GBP

University of Reading

9,250

20,600

Ravensbourne University London

9,250

16,500

Newcastle University

9,250

22,200

University of Westminster

9,250

14,400

University of Plymouth

9,250

14,600

Lancaster University

9,250

20,930

London Metropolitan University

9,250

15,576

Coventry University

6,933

11,066

Kingston University London

9,250

16,100

Oxford Brookes University

9,900

15,500

Admission Requirements for Master of Architecture in UK for international students

University of Manchester

  • Course name: MArch Architecture
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
    • PTE: 65 with no less than 59 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 89, minimum of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking.
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 UK degree or international equivalent in BA, Design or related engineering subjects.  
  • Other Requirements: Concise letter of intent/ Personal Statement, portfolio of work, at least 2 referees.

University of Reading

  • Course name: Master of Architecture
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:2 UK degree or international equivalent in BA, Design or related engineering subjects.
  • Other Requirement: Applicants need to pass ARB’s own prescribed examination. 

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Course name: MArch Architecture
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
    • PTE: 65 with no less than 59 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 89, minimum of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking.
  • Academic Requirements: A minimum of upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree in architecture and  Architects Registration Board (ARB) / Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) part1 or international equivalent. 

University of Lincoln

  • Course name: MArch Master of Architecture
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
    • PTE: 61 with no less than 58 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 90, minimum of 24 in writing, 20 in listening, 21 in reading and 22 in speaking.
    • Duolingo: 110 overall, no score less than 100
  • Academic Requirements: A minimum of 50% in a 3-4 year bachelor degree in architecture or closely related course. 

Newcastle University

  • Course name: Architecture, Master of (MArch)
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
    • PTE: 62 with no less than 51 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 90, minimum of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking.
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 UK degree or international equivalent in architecture recognized by ARM/ RIBA.

University of Westminster

  • Course name: Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in other components.
    • PTE: 59 with no less than 54 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 88, minimum of 20 in speaking and listening, 19 in reading and 24 in writing.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to hold a minimum of upper second class/ 2:1 honours degree in architecture or similar field validated by ARB/RIBA for part1. 

University of Plymouth

  • Course name: MArch Architecture
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a 2:1 UK degree or international equivalent in BA, Design or related engineering subjects. Students with lower degrees are accepted if they have a good overall portfolio and at least 1 year of experience in an architect's office.
  • Other requirements: 2 references/Letters of recommendation, official copy of transcripts, completed application form, Statement of interest.

Lancaster University

  • Course name: Architecture (Master of) MArch
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  5.5.
    • PTE: 58 with no less than 50 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 87, minimum of 22 in writing,19 in listening, 19 in reading and 19 in speaking.
  • Academic Requirements: A 2:1 UK degree or international equivalent in BA, Design or related engineering subjects.  

London Metropolitan University

  • Course name: Architecture RIBA 2- MArch
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.0 with no score less than  5.5.
    • PTE: 51 with no less than 51 in each field.
    • TOEFL IBT: 72, minimum of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking.
  • Academic Requirements: A good bachelor degree in architecture. Applicants who have completed RIBA part 1 are preferred. 

Coventry University

  • Course name: Architecture MArch
  • Course duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no score less than  6.0.
  • Academic Requirements: Candidates need to have a bachelor degree with a minimum of the upper second class in architecture and design.  

Scholarships

  • Fulbright Scholarships
  • Lancaster Sanctuary Bursary
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Chevening Scholarships
  • Alumni Loyalty Scholarships
  • Lancaster Master Scholarships

Scope after Master of Architecture in UK

After completion of a master degree, graduates are likely to find career opportunities in the following and make a lucrative career which enables them to earn from GBP 30,000- 60,000 per year and more. 

  • Architecture
  • Project management
  • Urban design
  • Advertising
  • Real estate
  • Art and design
  • Web design
  • Art history
  • Estate management
  • Banking

These are the architect jobs in the UK with an average salary per year. 

Job Prospect

Average Annual Salary (in GBP)

Architect

33000

Project Architect

36000

Architectural Design

28000

Design Architect

32000

Project Manager

40000

Interior Designer

27000

Design Manager

44000

Senior Project Architect

41000

3D Artist

25000

Architectural Intern

22000




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