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Architecture MArch

Architecture MArch

The Architecture MArch programme develops the emerging architectural professional and challenges the individual to discover or develop a personal stake in the architectural world. 


Reasons to study Architecture MArch at DMU:

  • Architecture MArch programme at the Leicester School of Architecture (LSA) offers a professional level architectural education with ARB/RIBA Part II exemption
  • Graduates will be able to progress to professional registration/licensure examinations allowing access to the legal title of ‘architect’ and to markets, in the UK, EU or other legal jurisdictions
  • You will study current issues in architectural thought, practice and processes and learn in an array of competitive master classes and studios with current architects and/or educators
  • We maintain a diverse pedagogy targeted at developing individual student flair

The Leicester School of Architecture MArch programme develops the emerging architectural specialist and challenges the individual to discover or develop a personal stake in the architectural world. Current issues in architectural thought are studied through deep foundations in historical and philosophical thought, contemporary states of urban inhabitation, challenges to a sustainable ecology, the ramifications of modern technology, legal and economic contexts, and the state of the profession.

Central to the course is a series of advanced design studios that are integrated with studies in Humanities, Technology and Environment, Digital Computation and Fabricated and Professional Studies.

More courses like this:

Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma
Architectural Design MA
Architecture and Sustainability MSc

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: Two years full-time, three years part-time.

Start date: September 2017

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000 (full-time), £4,500 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Two years full-time

Start date: September 2017

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

Applications are considered from candidates with a 2:1 or above (or equivalent) pass in a first architecture degree either validated by the RIBA or similar to a RIBA Part 1 degree in the case of non-RIBA validated EU and Overseas courses. Offers are based on first architecture degree results, experience and a portfolio interview or review.

Practical experience is not required for entry to the MArch, though applicants should note that a minimum of 24 months of logged professional experience are required to undertake a Part III examinations and to register as an architect in the UK, of which 12 months of this 24 months may be completed before the completion of the MArch.

Graduates with non-RIBA/ARB validated first architecture degrees who wish to register in the UK as an architect eventually would have to submit their portfolios to ARB for examination at some stage though this is not a requirement for entry to the MArch.

DMU provides a PEDR programme through which students' professional experience can be certificated according to RIBA requirements. For further information please see Architecture (PEDR).

Interview and Portfolio

Applicants with relevant qualifications should submit a portfolio of work (please see our Architecture MArch application portfolio advice for full details). Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their work.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Thematic Design Studio 
A series of thematic design studios are offered to explore areas of various design specialisations offered by exhibited designers, respected educators, or via masterclasses with leading/award-winning metropolitan or internationally based architects or practices. A series of supporting contemporary digital communication and fabrication classes are also offered simultaneously

Contextual Design
A series of contextual studios or study abroad studios are offered, exploring a range of diverse philosophical approaches to architectural design. Studios are developed around various contexts and discourses. Prior sites of study have included Athens (study abroad), Washington, and Palermo

Humanities Specialisation
In addition to core studies on architectural texts and treatises, students undertake seminars with published scholars and work at a level of current research in the humanities. Past seminars have included topics in Phenomenology, Urbanisation, Nationalism, Architectural Fiction, Housing, Digital Heritage and Gendered Space

Technical and Environmental Specialisation
In addition to core technical, systems and environmental studies, students undertake seminars with published scholars and work at a level of current research in the sciences. Past seminars have including advanced studies in lighting, building performance modelling, conservation science and material studies. 

Students undertake an academic study of an architectural subject supervised by academics to develop a position in architectural thought

Management Practice and Law
An innovative module supported by professional architects, consultants and educators explores the development of your ethics, business acumen, good practices in practice and business management, awareness of legalities, understanding of contracts and architectural advocacy in the public sphere

Thesis or Comprehensive Design Project
Students are encouraged to develop a stake in the current industry, and develop design projects that allow their leadership and visionary abilities to emerge or develop a project that demonstrates a comprehensive project demonstrating specific skillsets to service the industry

Full-time students

Full time students are expected to fully engage with simultaneous tasks, averaging a full working week of contact and independent study/design time. The schedule of modules are as follows:

Year one

  • Thematic Design Studio
  • Humanities / Technical and Environmental Specialisation
  • Contextual Design Studio
  • Dissertation

Year two

  • Management Practice and Law
  • Technical Studies and Design Research
  • Thesis or Comprehensive Design Project

Part-time students

Part time students are expected on average to be present two days a week, with the addition of an assortment of ten additional pre-arranged days throughout the year. Modules are as above, however the schedule is as follows:

Year one

  • Thematic Design Studio
  • Contextual Design Studio

Year two

  • Humanities / Technical and Environmental Specialisation
  • Management Practice and Law
  • Dissertation

Year three

  • Technical Studies and Design Research
  • Thesis or Comprehensive Design Project

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current


The course takes you through a series of academic challenges that will cultivate your independent position on architecture, hone your academic acuity, expand your architectural skill set and develop your individual design flair beyond the undergraduate training that you possess.

These are tested through a supporting range of humanities and technical specialisation seminars, thematic/masterclass and contextual design studios in the global context. Culminating studies are undertaken through a scholarly dissertation, and a demonstration of architectural stake either through an exploratory Design Thesis, or a demonstration of a skillset through a determined Comprehensive Design Project.

Assessments are made on student coursework, which are undertaken either individually or in groups. Students are supported with current digital tools for visualisation and fabrication, as well as traditional mechanised fabrication tools and manual implements.

Contact hours
In the first two terms of each year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 25 hours of independent study each week. Your third term each year will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.




The course results in a professional level award that is prescribed by the ARB, and accredited by the RIBA for Part II exemption from their examinations.

A team of career architectural educators actively developing teaching, scholarly research or academic projects support the programme, who are in turn supported by a team of adjunct educators who are active professional architects, engineers, urban advisors and technologists.


Facilities and features


The course is well resourced and equipped with a wide range of regularly updated advanced CAD software and computer, printing and scanning facilities. We provide extensive and up-to-date workshop facilities, including wood, metal, plastic, glass and ceramics, as well as laser cutters, CNC and rapid prototyping.

Together with our well stocked library, the Leicester School of Architecture has a dedicated architectural resources centre.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


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Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate careers

Our Architecture MArch graduates have found employment with architects/practices such as:

  • Shigeru Ban
  • MAKE
  • Heatherwick Studios
  • Foster + Partners
  • Grimshaw Architects 

Many of our graduates have been employed in continental Europe, USA, Australasia, Japan, China, India and the Middle East upon graduation. Non-Architecture pathways Leicester School of Architecture graduates have also developed careers outside of the sector:

  • Advertising and media
  • Game industry
  • Visualisation and digital fabrication
  • Local and national governance
  • Academic research

Graduates also progress onto to taught-courses offering specialised professional interests, or academic research in higher education. Many graduates develop career pathways in industries such as property, construction, and planning, whilst many creative, strategic development or governance industries have also found skillsets of Architecture MArch graduates to be very valuable. 

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