MA Architecture and Urbanism / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

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 20th 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.

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

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 covers a broad spectrum of subjects, including architecture, art and design, film, popular media and social history.

For more information visit our facilities webpage.

Disability support

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

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