Year of entry: 2024
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- We're ranked 11th in the world and third 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 are run by Manchester Metropolitan University.
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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).
Courses in related subject areas
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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 .
MArch Architecture is for students who have completed BA Architecture and, typically, spent a year in practice.
The course comprises of a studio element (with integrated technology), a dissertation and professional studies, and is ideal if you're interested in exploring a range of perspectives in relation to contemporary architecture and urbanism, and looking to pursue a career in roles associated with the development of sustainable urban spaces.
The studio element of the course is delivered through research-driven clusters called ateliers that align strong areas of research activity and mutual interests via trios of staff. This will enable you to develop ideological positions that are critically underpinned by seminars, workshops and symposiums.
The course has continued to maintain a diverse range of ateliers and expertise, which enables us to provide a series of distinct and significant areas of focus with respect to the future of architecture and urbanism in a wider cultural context. At the beginning of each academic year, you will choose from a range of ateliers. You would normally expect to spend a year studying with a particular atelier.
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 Manchester School of Architecture website .
Join the Manchester Student Society of Architecture (MSSA) - the largest of its kind in the UK.
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.
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.
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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:
- project management;
- urban design;
- real estate;
- art and design;
- web design;
- art history;
- estate management;
Top employers include Aedas, AR Architecture, Atkins, BDP, BroadwayMalyan, Foster + Partners, HawkinsBrown, and Sheppard Robson.
For more information visit our careers and employability page.
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 .