If you’re ready to advance your career in architecture, then the ideal next step is taking your previous studies and experience into a postgraduate qualification.
On this MArch Architecture degree course – which leads to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 2 exemption – you’ll learn the professional and creative skills needed for a successful architectural career.
You’ll unpack architectural topics such as urbanism, landscape, sustainability and culture, and learn to put your knowledge and skills into practice as you pursue your ambition to become a qualified architect.
What you'll experience
On this Architecture degree course, you’ll:
- develop the creative and professional abilities needed for a practicing architect
- engage in collaborative projects
- get the opportunity to study at a range of European universities through the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme (full time students, MArch Year 1)
You can also do this course as a degree apprenticeship.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
The skills you'll develop on this course, will open doors to exciting careers in professional and creative careers, and put you one step closer to becoming a registered architect.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this MArch Architecture degree course
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 90 credits. For example, 1 unit worth 60 credits and 1 unit worth 30 credits.
Design units in this year include:
- Architectural Design: Strategy
- Architectural Design: Synthesis
Taught units in this year include:
- Techne – technical environmental and professional practice and management
- Arche – theoretical context
Core units in this year include:
- Thesis Dissertation
- Thesis Preparation
- Thesis Design
- Professional Studies
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
For me, the social aspect of the course is one of architecture’s best qualities. The interaction between studios, year groups and tutors promotes a positive, energetic and homely environment.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- individual and group tutorials
- studio programmes
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- studio review
- portfolio assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree or above with Royal Institute of British Architects part 1 exemption. Students with appropriate qualifications and design skills may be accepted directly.
- Applicants would ideally have some experience working within an Architecture practice.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full time: £9,250 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Part time: £3,080 per year (subject to annual increase)
This course is eligible for undergraduate loan funding but it isn't eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
- Full time: £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
- Part time: £6,950 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll need to cover the cost of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. These costs are in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support the digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may need to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
For optional study trips you will need to cover all the costs. Optional study trips to Europe will cost in the region of £300 - £500.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.