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Architecture MArch


The Master of Architecture Course is designed to enable you to develop the creative and professional skills required for a successful career in architecture. Focusing primarily on studio-based design projects the course will stretch your design imagination, develop your critical thinking, and prepare you to respond proactively to a wide range of complex challenges.

The Master of Architecture is a new course which has been designed to meet the requirements of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) for exemption from Part II examination to form the second stage of the professional training of an architect. We are currently in the process of seeking ARB prescription and will be seeking RIBA validation. Please seek up to date information on the status of this prior to application if this is of interest.


The course is designed to celebrate the distinctive nature of Architecture as a discipline which spans the sciences and the arts. Established in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the course also draws on the teaching and research expertise from the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing.

Studio based learning creates a holistic and integrated teaching and learning environment. Along with individual projects you will have the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects with students on master’s courses in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. A wide range of workshop facilities will be available to you.

The course is informed by an advisory panel of practicing architects to ensure a strong and collaborative bond between practice and academia.

The university actively encourages international collaboration through fieldtrips, online interactive learning and opportunities for international exchanges.

The Architecture courses at Coventry University are designed to encourage our students to be both curious and critical of the factors that shape the built environment. The structure of the course reflects an integration of and consideration for human values and for finding appropriate roles for architecture in contemporary society.


Architecture at Coventry University is taught as a liberal discipline that is technically, professionally, socially, and environmentally sustainable, placing an emphasis on architecture as a social practice and a technical process which deliberately spans both science and the arts. We strive to provide an architectural education that is as complex as the field of architecture itself, but which nonetheless has clarity of intent and purpose and is stimulating and accessible. Our teaching reflects the nature of contemporary architecture as an international field of creative inquiry and the course incorporates exploration, collaboration and the critical analysis of a range of inputs from differing sources, to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for the role of the architect in a modern multidisciplinary building design process.

This is a modular course based primarily on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that explore the cultural, technical and professional dimensions of architecture. Modules include:

  • Design, Process and Communication
  • Comprehensive Design
  • Construction Technology and Environmental Design
  • Cultural Context
  • Integrated Project
  • Research for Design
  • Design Thesis
  • Critical Investigations
  • Professional Practice and Management


The course’s approach to internationalisation, collaborative working and individual creativity is relevant to the pluralistic nature of contemporary practice; and from the outset students discuss and consider their individual ideas in the context of their peer group and wider society. The subject categories in which architecture operates: Design (process), Technology (including structure, construction and environmental control), Cultural Context (historical and contemporary) and Communication (visual and verbal) and Professional Practice, develop an understanding of the relationship between global issues, local context and the tectonics of architecture, and equip students with the intellectual, creative, and practical skills to apply their learning in an appropriate manner which meets the needs and aspirations not only of related professions and the wider construction industry, but of society in general.

Coventry University’s Education Strategy 2015-2021 has been fundamental to informing the principles that underpin the development of this course. It has been designed to prepare students to make significant contributions to their professions and communities, and to be a creative force in a rapidly evolving world. The strategy is based around six pillars of transformative learning and student experience:

  • Research inspired teaching
  • Embedded employability
  • Creativity and enterprise
  • Multicultural and international engagement
  • Community contribution and responsibility
  • Innovation and digital fluency


The course utilises a variety of assessment methods in response to the range of studio based design modules, and written modules. These include assessment methods which reflect the ways in which students might be expected to work in architectural practice, including the design critique (or ‘crit’), which provides an opportunity for formative assessment through the verbal presentation of graphic work in the presence of both tutors and students. The ability to present and defend your work in this way is an essential attribute of successful architects and the assessment process is thus an essential part of the learning process.

Formative assessments and feedback are built into all modules. The focus on studio culture encourages regular contact between student and tutors within taught sessions through tutorials and workshops, and peer to peer learning is actively encouraged with an informally based feedback network. Written feedback is given in a structured process throughout the studio modules, and formative grading bands are utilised to help students gauge their progress and the quality of their work. Guest critics are viewed as an essential element of feedback. These are drawn both from practicing architects, helping to bridge academic and professional practices, and from real world clients which helps to reinforce the course’s focus on the social practice of architecture.

Other modules, which are not focussed on design outputs, are assessed through a range of methods including written work, and seminar presentations. As with all modules, there are formative assessments and feedback at appropriate stages.


There will be up to 15 hours per week contact time initially spread across Studio Practice, Lectures, Seminars, Workshops and Educational Visits. Most activities will take place over 2 days a week. This allows you enough time for significant self-study and exploration which is the basis of studying at master’s level, the proportion of which will increase building up to your final projects.

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in Architecture, normally RIBA/ARB Part 1. However RIBA/ARB Part 1 is not a prerequisite of the Master of Architecture programme, and we can make offers to candidates – usually from outside the UK – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree.

Applicants are normally expected to have completed a ‘year out’ placement in practice with a completed PEDR logbook, or have equivalent experience. This will be determined at the applications stage.

This course requires IELTS 6.5 or above. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Applicants will be asked to provide a convincing portfolio of relevant architectural design work. This will either be presented at interview or submitted by post/online.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course is primarily designed to prepare you for a career in architecture. Graduates may also choose to pursue careers in a wide range of related professions or to pursue further academic studies at PhD level.


Although work placements as such are not undertaken by the course, the nature of the course ensures strong links to industry with industry led design briefs and the input by visiting tutors from industry.


International case studies, practices and theories have been built into the course throughout. The course has strong connections with industry and other universities in Europe as well as overseas. You may have the opportunity to take part in international study visits and to work with international professionals and educators.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 2 years full-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time


Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

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