2020/21 Academic Year

Manchester School of Architecture is committed to ensuring the experience for its students for the new academic year is the best it can be – whatever the circumstances.

Despite the COVID-19 situation, our cohort of final year students have completed their degree requirements with the excellent support from our teaching, library and technical staff. Face-to-face studio teaching has continued without disruption using video-conferencing software. And an extensive digital showcase of our students’ work has also been created. Explore the show here.

For the beginning of next term, we are working hard to make sure that, whatever the UK’s COVID-19 requirements, we can welcome our students and provide them with a full and satisfying experience of studying architecture, doing so on campus as soon as possible.

We are developing our curriculum for delivery via digital tools, social media and software, in case we cannot welcome you fully onto campus at the start of the year. Our students and staff are already using exciting cutting-edge technologies; we are providing live support for home model-making as well as developing options for home 3D scanning, remote 3D printing and Virtual and Augmented Reality visualisations.

We are working to ensure we can welcome our students to learn safely on campus but if we cannot start teaching in person in September, we will be ready to provide them with a suitable virtual experience. We will provide all face-to-face tutorials, course lectures (with guest speakers), collaborative learning processes and support for peer-to-peer learning and socialising digitally. We will be able to deliver face-to-face digital teaching and support throughout the term, so that no student is disadvantaged by continuing to learn remotely once the campuses are re-opened.

Our Courses

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BA (Hons) Architecture

Develop your approaches to architecture with one of the highest rated BA (Hons) courses in the UK. Validated by RIBA and ARB, this course gives you a thorough insight into how architects work and prepares you for a year in industry.

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Master of Architecture (MArch)

Peer-to-peer learning, practice based research and live events projects connect students, academics and industry professionals in a student-centred environment. Our MArch programme is highly respected for the capability of its graduates, who succeed in a trans global setting of research and practice in architecture.

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Architecture and Urbanism (MA)

Explore the design, function and future of urban situations through written, drawn and modelled work that builds upon the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

The Master of Landscape Architecture is a professional qualification, accredited by the Landscape Institute, which provides a route to an internationally recognised qualification in a fast growing, global profession.

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Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Work with staff possessing a unique and broad range of interests and expertise across theory, design, policy and practice. Our research students benefit from their own rooms and facilities located in the heart of the School and are centrally involved in all scholarly activities.

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Courses to help you to reach your ambitions

MSA provides all the necessary degree courses for you to become a qualified architect in the UK, with many of our graduates going on to have successful careers with the field of architecture in practices and as individuals. The Reichstag Dome in Berlin (Norman Foster), the Olympic Park masterplans in London and Rio de Janeiro (James Prior) and the Highline in New York (James Corner) are just some examples of our alumni’s work from across the globe.

Other graduates have gone onto work in fields such as advertising, art history, architecture and design communication and website design following graduation, reflecting how the transferrable set of skills gained on our courses can prepare you for following a wide range of career paths.

Below shows how our courses fit into the standard path to becoming a qualified architecture recognised by the Royal Institution for British Architects.

BA (Hons) Architecture RIBA Part 1 – three years full-time

BA (Hons) Architecture

Develop your core architectural skills and understanding to prepare you for experience in industry (Stage 1).

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Practical Experience Stage 1 – typically one year

Practical Experience

Paid practical experience supported by a Professional Studies Advisor provided by RIBA North West. You may choose to work for longer to save money or gain additional industry experience.

Master of Architecture (MArch) RIBA Part 2 – 2 years full time or 4 years part-time

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Gain enhanced architectural knowledge and work on more complex projects, and carry out specialist study and research.

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Practical Experience Stage 2 – typically one year

Practical Experience

Paid practical experience, where you will be given increased responsibility for projects under the direct supervision of an architect.

Final Qualifying Examination RIBA Part 3

Final Qualifying Examination

An examination in professional practice and management organised by RIBA North West.

After you have completed Parts 1, 2 and 3, and gained the required experience in industry. You can register as an architect with the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

Find out more about becoming an architect on RIBA’s website