Explore our Master of Architecture and take the next step to becoming a registered architect of the future, with an emphasis on ethical, innovative and sustainable practice.
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.
Unlock your architectural potential in a sustainable future
Discover a Masters in architecture that goes beyond the traditional to prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow.
At ARU, we believe in equipping you with the skills and knowledge to not just design buildings, but to shape a sustainable future through built environments. Our innovative approach ensures that sustainability is at the core of our curriculum, giving you the tools to tackle future architectural problems with a green perspective.
Experience real-world practice
Our studios are not just classrooms; they are simulations of real architectural practice. Led by experienced practitioners, they bring live briefs and real projects from industry right into your learning environment.
You'll work with real clients, navigate legal frameworks, and manage budgets and constraints, just like in the professional world. But here's the exciting part – at every step, we emphasise the impact your designs have on the environment, on communities and the world around us. Get ready to transform your passion for architecture into meaningful, sustainable solutions.
Embrace technology for change
Our Masters course is not just about designing spaces; it's about becoming an agent of change in the built environment industry. With a strong focus on technology, you'll be equipped to drive ecosystemic and cultural transformation. We place you right in the heart of society, where your architectural skills become a catalyst for positive change, and can help to shape future of architecture.
Collaborate across disciplines
In the modern workplace, architects collaborate with professionals from diverse backgrounds. That's why our course emphasises transdisciplinary learning. You won't just interact with fellow architecture students; you'll also team up with peers from fields like computing, AI, engineering, arts, and interior design. Together, you'll tackle collaborative projects and create public-facing work that reflects the rich diversity of perspectives in today's architectural world. Get ready to broaden your horizons, work across boundaries, and become a well-rounded architect ready to thrive in any setting.
Join us in shaping the future of architecture
Are you ready to embark on a path that not only hones your architectural skills but also shapes a more sustainable, innovative, and conscious world? Apply for our MArch in Architecture and start your journey towards becoming an architect of tomorrow.
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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 an 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.
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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