MArch Architecture / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Remi Phillips-Hood

¿I¿ve always wanted to make a difference, but I wanted to do so in a creative way.

"My favourite thing about the Manchester School of Architecture is the culture of'll never be anywhere like the MSA.¿

Remi Phillips-Hood / MArch student

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 .

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.


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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