MA Architecture and Urbanism
Year of entry: 2019
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- We're ranked 9th in the world and 3rd in the UK for Architecture (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
- Explore how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities, on a course jointly accredited by The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Be inspired by the world-famous city of Manchester - the industrial revolution birthplace turned 21st century metropolis - and its vibrant, contemporary and innovative architecture scene.
The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.
On this day, you will find out more about the School of Environment, Education and Development and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.
For more information, see Open days
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK/EU students (per annum): Fees collected by MMU
International students (per annum): Fees collected by MMU
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
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Academic entry qualification overview
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Application and selection
How to apply
For information on how to apply, visit the MSA website
MA Architecture and Urbanism allows you to study, and conduct in-depth research into, the influence of global cultural and economic forces on contemporary cities.
Throughout the course, you will explore the design, functioning and future of urban situations in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth-century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.
The course is therefore perfect preparation for careers in roles associated with the development of sustainable urban spaces.
In certain circumstances, this course can be approved as prior learning for our Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2-accredited MArch Architecture.
The course is an innovative collaboration between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
You will benefit from the expertise of specialist practice and research-active lecturers, who provide a rich and stimulating environment in which to study architecture.
What's more, you'll be inspired by the world-famous city of Manchester - the industrial revolution birthplace turned 21st century metropolis - and its vibrant, contemporary and innovative architecture scene.
Manchester is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our current students and graduates.
The city recognises the value of high-quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues.
Find out more at the MSA website
- Join the Manchester Student Society of Architecture (MSSA) - the largest in the UK.
MA Architecture and Urbanism is taught at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), an innovative collaboration between The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
You'll receive a degree from both universities and get to use facilities and resources at both institutions, including libraries, computer suites, and model-making and media workshops.
MSA has deep roots in the city, where architects have been educated for more than 100 years. Our strong regional network is the basis for excellent international academic and professional links, informing our research, teaching and destinations for our graduates.
The Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) studios are located in Manchester Metropolitan University's brand-new purpose-built School of Art Building - the Benzie Building.
Our studios are equipped with PC workstations with industry standard computer-aided design, visualisation, image editing, and print and web design software. They also have standard and large format printing facilities and Wi-Fi. In addition, you will have access to specialist Apple Mac-based video editing, scanning and digital design resources.
There are workshops for model-making and construction projects in both the Benzie and The University of Manchester's Humanities Bridgeford Street buildings. We house an impressive range of fully equipped workshops for wood, plastics, foam, metal, ceramics, glass, Computer-aided manufacture, textiles, printmaking, and bookbinding.
You will be able to purchase art materials and consumables at cost prices from the Manchester School of Art's Material Stores. You can also borrow video and photography equipment from the AV Store, and access photography studios, film processing, and video editing facilities.
Manchester Metropolitan University has a nationally recognised art and design collection, and specialist collections include the Manchester Society of Architects' Library, which holds important and rare books on the history of architecture.
The Visual Resources Centre, meanwhile, covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including architecture, art and design, film, popular media and social history.
For more information, see Facilities
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Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) graduates are highly valued for their confidence and creativity, and benefit from our strong links with national and international architectural practices.
They have gone on to successful careers in areas including architecture, project management, urban design, advertising, real estate, art and design, web design, art history, estate management, and banking.
Top employers of our graduates include Aedas, AR, Atkins, BDP, BroadwayMalyan, Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, and Sheppard Robson.
For more information, see Careers and employability