Master of Architecture (MArch)
Programme Director: Michael Richards
- 2:1 or above
- Have a first degree in Architecture
- At least 6 months’ work experience (with at least 3 months in one office)
Kent’s Master of Architecture (MArch) programme is a two-year (known as Stage 4 and Stage 5) full-time ‘undergraduate professional programme’ focused on architectural design. It forms the second part of the UK’s traditional five year continuum of ‘professional’ undergraduate education in architecture leading, for graduates with the required exemptions from professional examinations, toward registration in the UK as ‘Architect’.
The title ‘Architect’ is protected under law in the UK. A register of Architects is maintained by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB UK), who together with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA – the UK Chartered Institute of Architects) structure entry onto the register through a series of three professional examinations; Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Most UK Schools of Architecture offer undergraduate first degrees (e.g.: BA or BSc Hons) and undergraduate second degrees (e.g.: PG Dip or MArch) in Architecture which are jointly prescribed by the ARB and validated by the RIBA as giving exemption from Part 1 or Part 2 of their professional examinations. Exceptionally some overseas schools are only validated by the RIBA (but not the ARB who only consider education within the UK).
Teaching on the MArch is organised in a unit system at Kent. The new MArch Units give students a degree of choice in, and influence over, the character of their education, and allows for a far more diverse engagement with the complex combination of design, culture and technology.
The interests of these Units is wide and diverse, with themes ranging from critical regionalism, fictional narrative cities and telluric architecture.
Our annual intake is 40 students per year, there are dedicated individual Unit spaces within the large MArch studio.
The MArch explores the learning of meaningful lessons from precedents across interrelated strands of design, culture and technology, which are then synthesised and applied to diverse and focused design outputs, emphasising a sensitivity to material tectonics and spatial acuity in a competitive environment.
The MArch well-positions its graduates to continue after the degree to a Part 3 programme in architecture and professional practice.
The MArch curriculum gives you the opportunity to seek study abroad opportunities in the spring of Stage 4 or the autumn of Stage 5, via the Erasmus system or through individual University of Kent study abroad partner institutes. Possible destinations include schools of architecture in France (Lille), Italy (Rome) and the USA (Virginia). The curriculum will vary according to the partner institutes you attend. During the placement, you are enrolled on a dedicated MArch 'Term Abroad' module. Please click here for more information.
Jamie Hissey - Term at Virginia Tech
- AR836 Design 4a (30 credits M level)
- AR837 Design 4b (30 credits M level)
- AR546 Technology 4 (30 credits H level)
- AR538 Cultural Context (15 credits H level)
- AR540 Employability (15 credits H level)
- Revision, Portfolio Enhancement and Assessment
- AR838 Design 5a (30 credits M level)
- AR839 Design 5b (30 credits M level)
- AR647 Technology 5 (30 credits H level)
- AR600 Pedagogy (30 credits H level)*
- AR601 Artefact (30 credits H level)*
- AR602 Dissertation (30 credits H level)*
* Options modules; only one of these can be taken.
Assessment is by a variety of methods, including design projects, project journals and reports, coursework and examinations.
Who Should Apply
Kent’s MArch architecture programme is a two year undergraduate programme validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the award is prescribed by the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB), as giving exemption from Part 2 of their professional examinations.
To be eligible to study on our MArch programme you need to have successfully completed a recognised RIBA and ARB Part 1 exempt first degree programme (ideally 2.1 or above). You also should have completed a minimum period of 6 months recorded office-based work experience (a minimum of three months in any one office), in the UK or aboard prior to point of entry in September 2014.
You must supply with your application two references (at least one academic), degree certificate, transcripts, and proof of work experience (either outlined in your CV or by submitting your PEDR records).
You must also submit a portfolio, either as a PDF or a link to an online portfolio. Your portfolio should contain work from your final year of your Part 1 degree, and work from your time in practice if you wish.
Please note that this is a two-year full-time course, with no part-time equivalent. Our intake is September (we do not have a January entry point).
Closing date for applications: 11 April 2014.
To apply click here.
The MArch contains an equal number of ‘honours/UG’ and ‘masters/PG’ level module-credits (120 of each). As such, like similar programmes elsewhere, it is a hybrid, defined as ‘undergraduate’, but sitting academically above the level of a Bachelor’s BA/BSc(Hons) and below a Master’s MA/MSc degree - with which it is sometimes confused - more details about the taught MA and MSc programmes at KSA appear at the end of this section.
To be eligible to study on the MArch programme, on entry you have to complete a minimum period of six months office-based internship, following successful completion of a good first degree in Architecture.
Traditionally students entering the MArch with a first degree that gives exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 1 graduate with the award of MArch (with ARB & RIBA Part 2 exemption).
From September 2014 and onwards, in response for strong demand, International students without ARB Part 1 will be considered for entry to the MArch, and would graduate with the award of MArch(without Part 2 exemption).
Please note for International entrants who have a first degree with only RIBA (but not ARB) Part 1 exemption, we are seeking clarification from the RIBA on whether we can uniquely convey the award of MArch (with RIBA Part 2 exemption) on graduation.
International applicants, or students already following the MArch, without ARB Part 1, or without first degrees giving exemption from ARB Part 1, may apply directly to the ARB to take ARB Part 1 as an external candidate. This would involve paying a fee, submitting a portfolio, and attending an interview in London. Procedures are explained at the ARB Website but KSA does not arrange this, and cannot guarantee success.
Students successfully obtaining ARB Part 1 directly from ARB before progression to Stage 5 would graduate with the award of MArch (with ARB & RIBA Part 2 exemption). The curriculum for all versions of the MArch award is identical. International MArch graduates will therefore be able to demonstrate that they have met the ARB’s Graduate Criteria for ARB Part 2, should they subsequently seek Part 2 directly with the ARB
Areas of the MArch Programme addressing UK professional practice build on a knowledge and awareness in this subject area consistent the ARB Graduate Criteria at Part 1 level. International students without a degree giving exemption from ARB Part 1 will, immediately prior to commencing their MArch, be required to complete a short orientation course that builds awareness of the procedures, legislation, nomenclature and vocabulary associated with UK professional practice. More details will be provided nearer the start of the programme.
Intake point onto the MArch is September (we do not have a January entry point and there is no part-time equivalent). Applications are accepted from October in the preceding year and reviewed from the January onwards until the programme is full.
International applicants who wish to study a fully postgraduate ‘non-professional’ one-year Master’s degree (MA and Msc) are invited to apply for the following programmes: MA in Architectural Visualisation , MA in Architecture & Cities , MSc in Architecture & Sustainable Environment or the MSc in Conservation*.
*Subject to approval.
Pursuing ARB Part 1 independently
International applicants, or students already following the MArch, without ARB Part 1, or without first degrees giving exemption from ARB Part 1, may apply directly to the ARB to take ARB Part 1 as an external candidate. This would involve paying a fee, submitting a portfolio, and attending an interview in London. Procedures are explained at the ARB Website. KSA does not arrange this, and cannot guarantee success, but will offer advice and coaching to students enrolled on the MArch in advance of their direct approach to ARB. Details of this will be advised nearer the time. Students successfully obtaining ARB Part 1 directly from ARB before progression to Stage 5 would graduate with the award of MArch (with ARB & RIBA Part 2 exemption). The curriculum for all versions of the MArch award is identical.
For the purposes of higher education and professional qualification, Part 1 and Part 2 architecture programmes are funded for UK students as a five-year continuum, leading to the conclusion of Part 2. Local authority contributions are likely to be at an undergraduate, funding level for the Part 2 MArch programme.
Please click here for more information about tuition fees
For overseas students, you will be charged at the relevant Standard - Laboratory – Taught rate, information found here.