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Master of Architecture MArch Part 2, ARB accredited

Explore our Master of Architecture in Chelmsford and take the next step to becoming a registered architect of the future, with an emphasis on ethical, innovative and sustainable practice.

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Study a Masters in Architecture at ARU

Find out more about our Part 2, ARB accredited degree and its focus on sustainable, adaptable lived environments.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

Our comprehensive curriculum places architectural design at its heart, equipping you with the tools needed for a future-focused practice.

We believe in shaping architects who not only design remarkable spaces but also contribute to a safer and more conscious world. At our Chelmsford campus, you'll learn to design with a clear purpose, creating spaces that promote safety for people and the planet. Collaboration is at our core, and our industry-focused approach encourages you to work across disciplines to achieve exceptional results.

Benefit from weekly masterclass workshops, led by industry specialists, and explore a spectrum of technical and creative-practical topics including 3D fabrication, computational design, robotics, extended reality, and analogue-digital assemblages.

Our Master of Architecture program is fully accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and fully satisfies the requirements for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2. Successful completion of the course sets you on the path to fulfilling your practical experience requirement and achieving your Part 3 qualification.

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Specialist studios

At ARU you’ll be based in our School of Architecture, with use of:

  • model-making studios
  • industry-standard software for computer-aided design work
  • construction and surveying equipment
  • Digital Fabrication Labs with 3D printers and laser cutters
  • a fully equipped workshop with support available from skilled staff.

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Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.


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ARB Part 2 accredited

Our Master of Architecture degree is prescribed (Part 2) by the Architects Registration Board. When you complete our course, you'll fulfil the second part of the three-part process to become a registered architect in the UK.


Our Master of Architecture degree is designed to fulfil the criteria for ARB prescription at Part 2, and RIBA Part 2 validation.

It responds to the new RIBA Themes and Values and Graduate Attributes at Part 2 that focus on fire safety and environmental sustainability, situated citizenship, professional ethics, climate literacy and fire and life safety, and the UN Sustainable Design Goals.

With a Master of Architecture from ARU, you will undertake professional practice experience and a related examination so that you're eligible to achieve status as a registered UK architect. The Master of Architecture course is Part 2 of the criteria needed to become a registered and chartered Architect in the UK. Candidates will need to complete Part 1 (via ARB prescribed examination or from previous studies), and Part 3, Professional Practice, to be listed on the register.

You'll also be mentored by your personal tutor and others who teach our design- and practice-related modules, with events organised to help you meet practitioners. Our alumni society will be of further help to your career development.

As a well-rounded and critically informed professional, a life-long learner who can target diverse opportunities of employment in the sector and beyond because of their disclosive skills, a well-situated citizen who appreciates local intricacies and global ramifications, and as an ethically driven individual who presents resilience, agility and adaptability in life making and professional decisions, you'll be ready to work in any architectural practice in the UK and abroad; create a start-up collective; work as a computational designer or product designer; or consider opportunities with planning authorities, or in interior and landscape design.

With a Master of Architecture you can also undertake an MPhil or a PhD in architecture, urban design or related disciplines. There are options to pursue a traditional higher degree, or to complete a doctorate-by-design or by publication. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

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