Undergraduate MArch

Architecture

Develop your unique approach to design and take the next step to becoming a registered architect.

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Course overview

This is a Royal Institute of British Architects and ARB-accredited Part 2 architecture qualification. Building on your undergraduate learning, the course deepens your knowledge of key areas such as design thinking, urban analysis, theoretical complexity, professional expertise and historical knowledge.

You'll benefit from studying and working in our unique and spacious design studios, located at the heart of the University campus. Our programme advances collaboration and interdisciplinary opportunities and enables you to develop skills and knowledge through design events, cross-school collaborative learning, seminars and lectures, and sustainability-led tech and environmental design workshops.

Accreditation

Kent’s MArch architecture programme is validated by RIBA, and the award is prescribed by the ARB as giving exemption from Part 2 of their professional examinations.

Why study Architecture at Kent?

Digital Crit Space

We also have modern design studios, dedicated model workshops featuring laser-cutting facilities, a computer studio and labs.

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Architecture, Built Environment and Planning at Kent was ranked 6th in the UK in the Times Higher Education (REF2021).

Become an architect.

Take the next step towards qualifying as an architect on our MArch course accredited by RIBA and ARB.

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The United Nations 17 sustainability goals inform all your project briefs at Kent, helping you to build a sustainable world.

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Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Our course is organised around a core curriculum of design, built over four semesters, and delivered through four unique units.

How you'll study

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, studio-based work and field study trips.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Digital Crit Space provides Kent’s Architecture students with one of the finest and most advanced learning environments in the UK.

Your future

As a Kent graduate, you can go on to successful careers in architecture and the wider creative industries. Your imaginative and creative skills in analysis, engagement and design thinking, will give you the capacity to work in a diverse and varied range of industries, disciplines and roles, so you can effect change in the places you want to see it.

Qualifying as a professional architect involves a specific route of study and work experience.

  • This MArch degree programme provides exemption from the RIBA/ARB Part 2 examinations.
  • Following the MArch, you continue to work in an architectural practice until you have a total of 24 months of professional experience (including the period of professional experience gained before entering the MArch programme).
  • You are then eligible to take Part 3 of the ARB/RIBA examinations, which lead to full professional registration as an architect.

Many of our graduates go on to work in well-known architectural practices. Our graduates have also followed careers in professions related to design, graphics and visualisation.

Impressive prospects
Whether you know where you’re heading or are looking for ideas, you can find inspiration from our alumni.

Graduate spotlight

MArch (RIBA/ARB Part 2) graduate Chris Gray talks about his time at Kent and his role at John Pardey Architects where he designs and delivers one-off houses across the UK.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2025 entry

Fees for 2025/26 have not yet been set. As a guide the 2024/25 UK fees for this course are:

Full-time

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £22,700
  • International
    £22,700

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

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.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Students will need to provide the material necessary to produce hand-drawn and printed computer drawings/ images, documents, reports and written works. Students will need to provide the material necessary to produce physical models, either by hand or using available 3D printing and/ or laser cutting machines.

Site visits are essential, and students will need to cover transport costs (local distances only), which will vary, depending on module site location. Some modules may entail visiting public archives and libraries, requiring regional or national travel and entrance fees.

Annual fieldtrips will be offered during the programme, and students are strongly encouraged to join these and will need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence.  

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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