This course offers you a unique opportunity to pursue advanced postgraduate studies in one of the UK’s leading architectural departments. The course combines high-level investigations into historical/theoretical ideas with innovative design approaches, all set within a challenging intellectual environment. Staff who teach on the course are deeply immersed in the very latest developments in architectural history, theory and design research. Our location in the world-leading architectural milieu of London offers even further incentive for you to pursue the highest standards of innovation in research.
You are normally required to have a good Honours degree in architecture or a related design discipline. UK-based students will usually need to attend an interview. Overseas students are asked to submit their portfolio in an electronic format. Those whose first language is not English will need an appropriate IELTS score of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
The course has been designed specifically as a flexible and responsive programme open to a whole spectrum of graduates in architecture and cognate design fields. It is designed to enable you to determine appropriate methodologies for research in architecture and design, and to use these techniques to formulate intellectual and creative work which investigates specific aspects or issues within the broad field of architecture.
Critical Issues in Architecture
Major Thesis Project
International Environmental Law
Introduction to Design Computing
Representations of Diaspora, Cultural Identity and Difference
The Department of Architecture is consciously international in its educational thinking and academic links, and its graduates are amongst the most sought after anywhere in the world. Typical employment destinations for Architecture MA graduates include architectural practice in private companies and public bodies. The flexibility offered within the course is intended to provide you with further employability skills related to architectural practice and theory, or in cognate disciplines such as urban design, art practice, journalism, etc. The course may also form a platform for continuing study with a career in academia or research.
The range of optional and specialist modules offered allows you to develop your individual learning trajectories through the in-depth study of specific subject areas, involving theoretical components as well as practical applications. A series of theory-rich modules will stimulate you to analyse current trends in architecture, design theory and practice on the basis of your research and critical judgement, and use these insights to produce high quality written work in a scholarly manner.
In parallel, a set of design-oriented activities encourages you to develop your artistic, aesthetic and intellectual vision through the use of different media, in order to produce individual proposals with a high level of spatial, material and formal resolution. The course is taught within a dynamic learning environment that comprises seminar-based sessions along with studio-based activities, suitably integrated by a wide range of lectures, tutorials, site visits, research training sessions, and independent study periods.
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