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Architecture student at The University of Manchester
BA Architecture
Start your career by training in one of the world's top ten architecture schools.

BA Architecture / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAA.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 points overall.  6,6,6 at Higher Level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
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Course description

Manchester is a great place to study architecture. The city is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates, who are highly valued by the sector for their confidence and creativity.

The city's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engages directly with our leading-edge design practice. The ongoing regeneration of the city centre is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues.

In year one, you will gain an understanding of architectural history and theory. It covers foundational principles in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the role of humanities in the design process. A series of studio design projects and skills workshops will develop your architectural creative process and the year culminates with events jointly undertaken with second and fifth year students.

In year two, the multi-layered nature of the design process is explored and urban theory and specialised sustainability knowledge is applied to design projects, transforming the aesthetic concepts of first year into the techno-cultural strategies used by professionals. You'll develop an increased awareness of architecture in a variety of contexts and improve your design processes and critical thinking skills.

In year three, you will begin to formulate your individual position on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The third year is organised around a themed 'atelier' system, each atelier applies a particular design methodology to an extended urban project which lasts the entire year. The course culminates with an assessed self-build exhibition.

Open days

The Manchester School of Architecture will be represented at one of the University of Manchester general Undergraduate Open Days, which normally run in June and October.

Due to the popularity of the course, it is not possible to arrange tours of the studios on an individual basis. If you decide to make an independent visit to the School our Admissions Officer will happily meet candidates to answer questions if she is available.

All UK/EU based applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a specific Architecture Open Day, where they will be invited to participate in a small, fun studio project - we will normally schedule about 5 Open Days of this type, running from January - April and applicants can choose from the available dates.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250 per annum, subject to government regulations on fee increases.. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 p/a collected by MMU. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific academic scholarships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
+44 (0)161 275 0969
+44 (0)161 275 0421
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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