MA Architecture and Urbanism

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

For information on entry requirements, visit the MSA website

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For information on how to apply, visit the Manchester School of Architecture website .

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • We're ranked 11th in the world and 3rd in the UK for Architecture (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Explore a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary architecture and urbanism, 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.

Open days

Open days  are run by Manchester Metropolitan University.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): Fees collected by MMU
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Fees collected by MMU

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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).

Contact details

School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Manchester Metropolitan University
0161 247 6969
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

For information on entry requirements, visit the MSA website

Application and selection

How to apply

For information on how to apply, visit the Manchester School of Architecture website .

Course details

Course description

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, functionality, 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 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. 

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. 

For more information, visit the Manchester School of Architecture website .

Special features

Join the Manchester Student Society of Architecture (MSSA) , the largest of its kind in the UK.

Course collaborators

As a student at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), you will study a degree that is delivered jointly by The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Therefore, you will benefit from the facilities and resources of both institutions including libraries, computer suites, and making and media workshops. 

Upon successful completion of your studies, you will receive one degree certificate that includes each institution's crest and awarding body title.

What our students say

My time at Manchester School of Architecture was full on, rewarding, exhilarating and exhausting! Experiencing the participative design process first-hand has put me in good stead for working in practice.

Christopher Jaume, MA Architecture and Urbanism Alumni

Read more about Christopher's experience


The Manchester School of Architecture studios are in the Manchester Metropolitan University's 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 .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email


Career opportunities

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;
  • Banking.

Top employers include Aedas, AR, Atkins, BDP, BroadwayMalyan, Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, and Sheppard Robson.

For more information, see careers and employability

Careers support  

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service  that you will have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester, you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .