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Undergraduate Courses 2017

Architecture - MArch - ARB/RIBA Part 2



One of the most important roles of architectural intervention is to enhance the quality of life of those whom it touches. We deal in the invention of new, hitherto unimagined environments, the resuscitation of existing buildings and urban settlements, and the careful enhancement of our towns, cities, rural environments and landscapes to provoke surprise, delight and wonder.

Kent School of Architecture has developed a reputation for tackling global issues at a local scale, with many projects set in Kent and across the south-east region. Through this work, and our open lecture programmes and events, the School continues to build links with the profession and the wider community.

The School is committed to the development of sustainable design and this is taught at all stages of the curriculum. The School also has a strong research profile and has established links with respected international architectural institutions, which means we can offer our students the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad.

Kent teaches two degree programmes, BA (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) and this, the Master of Architecture (MArch) (ARB/RIBA Part 2).This programme offers multidisciplinary learning experiences, covering design, theory, technology and communication. Studying areas such as regeneration and sustainability, landscape, community and the quality of urban life, equips our students with the skills they need to practise in the profession.

Independent rankings

In the National Student Survey 2013, 83% of Architecture students were satisfied with the quality of their course. And, Architecture at Kent was ranked 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Year abroad

While the School encourages an active engagement with the local region, you also benefit from extensive opportunities to undertake study abroad, and field study tours are an embedded part of each programme. In recent years, our students have travelled to Lille, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome and Vienna, as well as San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Washington DC and Alexandria VA.

Teaching & Assessment

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, studio-based work and field study trips. Students also attend tutorials, seminars, small group discussions and one-to-one design sessions, giving them a range of feedback opportunities to improve their skills.

Assessment is by a portfolio of work, which includes design project coursework, written assignments and examinations, alongside research papers and technical reports. We place particular emphasis on sketchbooks and notebooks assembled over the academic year, which contribute to the student’s own personal development plan.

Assessment for the MArch is by a portfolio review of design projects, design and technical reports, the Cultural Context essay and seminar presentation, technical case study, and exams.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • ensure that its students achieve the standard of Part 2 of the professional qualifications through development of their knowledge, understanding and abilities.
  • promote creativity and excellence in architectural design; from imaginative concepts to thoughtful project development and the integration of technology strategically and in detail.
  • develop knowledge of the professional context of architecture and ensure that its graduates are aware of their professional responsibilities.
  • develop students’ understanding of architecture within a broader cultural context.
  • promote and support independent self learning and good communication skills
  • accommodate a wide range of views and develop the specialised architectural interests of individual students.
  • develop understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research and promote originality in applying knowledge.
  • develop initiative, responsibility and sound critical judgement in making decisions about complex architectural issues.
  • enable students to develop strategies for self-improvement and commitment to life skills and learning.
  • support students in achieving their potential in all parts of the programme.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the application of academic discipline and a professional approach to MArch work
  • Understand an appropriate philosophical approach which reveals an understanding of theory in a cultural context   
  • Understand the influences on the contemporary built environment of individual buildings, the design of cities, past and present societies and wider global issues
  • Understand the histories and theories of architecture and urban design, the history of ideas, and the related disciplines of art, cultural studies and landscape studies and its application in critical debate
  • Understand briefs and how to critically appraise them to ensure that the design response is appropriate to the site and context, and for reasons such as sustainability and budget
  • Understand the inter-relationships between, people, buildings and the environment and an understanding of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scales
  • Understand the regulatory requirements, including the needs of the disabled, health and safety legislation and building regulations and developmental control, that guide building construction
  • Understand the contribution of other professionals in the design process showing an appropriate use of team working skills, recognising the importance of current methods in the construction industry
  • Understand building technologies, environmental design, construction methods in relation to human well-being, welfare of future generations, the natural world and the consideration of a sustainable environment  
  • Understand the impact on design of legislation, codes of practices and health and safety both during the construction and occupation of a project
  • Knowledge of how cost control mechanisms operate within the development of an architectural project
  • Understand the basic principles of business management and factors related to running a design practice and how architects organise, administer and manage an architectural project, recognising current and emerging trends in the construction industry such as partnering, integrated project process, value engineering and risk management
  • Understand the inter-relationships of individuals and organisations involved in the procurement and delivery of architectural projects, and how these are defined and effected through a variety of contractual organisational structures
  • Understand the fundamental legal, professional and statutory requirements as they are relevant to building design and practice, with particular reference to matters relating to health and safety and universal design for access
  • Understand the professional duties and responsibilities of architects, as defined and described in the Codes and Standards relating to their professional practice

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to generate and systematically test, analyse and appraise design options, and draw conclusions which display methodological and theoretical rigour
  • Ability to independently define and appraise ideas in relation to a design and to the work of others
  • Ability to critically appraise and form considered judgements about spatial, aesthetic, technical and the social qualities of a design within the scope and scale of a wider environment
  • Ability to identify and manage individual learning needs so as to prepare for and maintain professional standards commensurate with qualification
  • Ability to be able to apply relevant research to the ideas, development and quality of the task
  • Ability to formulate a research proposal with its appropriate methodology

Subject-specific skills

  • Integrate knowledge of the social, political, economic and professional context that guides building construction
  • Devise structural and constructional strategies for a complex building or group of buildings employing integrative knowledge of structural theories, constructional techniques and processes, the physical properties and characteristics of building materials and components and the environmental impact of specification choices, and the provision of building services
  • Ability to integrate knowledge of the principles and theories associated with visual, thermal and acoustic environments
  • Ability to integrate knowledge of climatic design and the relationship between climate, built form, construction, lifestyle, energy consumption and human well-being
  • Ability to use architectural representations having critically appraised the most appropriate techniques available

Transferable skills

  • Ability to use visual, verbal and written communication and appropriate media (including sketching, digital and electronic techniques) to represent analysis and critical appraisal of proposals of complex designs to professional and lay audiences
  • Ability to produce documentation and reports which are clear, analytical and logical covering a range of architectural issues of culture, theory and design
  • Ability to work as part of a team  
  • Ability to be able to research, speculate, appraise and draw conclusions about a range of architectural issues
  • Independent learning skills including the ability to plan and carry through a project programme
  • Ability to be self-critical about the work and constructive in how to address and progress it.
  •  Ability to put forward rational arguments and form independent views based on a critical approach to the field of study
  • Ability to reflect on work progress and develop enhancement strategies


Our two programmes prepare you for work at Part 1 (BA) and Part 2 (MArch) level. Having completed 24 months (minimum 12 months post-Part 2), you are eligible to be considered for Part 3 of the ARB/RIBA professional practice examination, leading to full professional registration as an architect.

However, our programmes are founded on transferable skills that prepare students for work in many other industries, such as the design, graphics and visualisation professions.

Professional recognition

The BA (Hons) Architecture (Part 1) and MArch (Part 2) programmes are fully prescribed by the ARB and have been validated by RIBA for the maximum period.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

NA - Good degree in Architecture with Part 1 exemption (ideally 2.2 or higher)

Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

NA - Good degree in Architecture with Part 1 exemption (ideally 2.2 or higher)

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.


University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our funding opportunities for 2017 entry have not been finalised but will be updated on our funding page in due course.

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

The Government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support for the duration of their course.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our scholarships pages.

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

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The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas

Fees for Year Abroad/Industry

As a guide only, UK/EU/International students on an approved year abroad for the full 2017/18 academic year pay an annual fee of £1,350 to Kent for that year. Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Please note that for 2017/18 entrants the University will increase the standard year in industry fee for home/EU/international students to £1,350.

UK/EU fee paying students

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

Key Information Sets

The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

The University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in its publicity materials is fair and accurate and to provide educational services as described. However, the courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Full details of our terms and conditions can be found at: www.kent.ac.uk/termsandconditions.

*Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased up to the allowable level.

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