Teaching and Learning
We combine traditional lecture-based teaching with workshop and design studio sessions.
Project-based learning is the basis of architecture education, and the studio is where this learning takes place. From the very start you will be involved in a variety of projects.
Skills in computing and visual studies will be developed through workshops related to studio projects.
The course has strong links with architectural practices across the North West and involves architectural practitioners in teaching.
If, as is currently the case, there are no COVID-19 restrictions in place, the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) intends to deliver all design studio sessions in person next academic year and we look forward to welcoming you back on campus.
As such, there is no option to study fully online in the forthcoming academic year.
All students in the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons.) (BA1,BA2, BA3), Master of Architecture (MArch1, MArch2), and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA1, MLA2) are required to be on campus to engage with the course induction week from September 13, 2021, and in-person studio teaching from the week of September 20, 2021.
All students in the Master in Architecture and Urbanism (MA A+U), are required to be on campus to engage with the course induction week from September 20, 2021, and in-person studio teaching from the week of September 27, 2021.
To maximize on-campus studio activities and build on the many positives of online 'live' lectures in the last year, we have decided to maintain this approach in the 2021-22 academic year.
Therefore, all lectures for all students on the BA, M.Arch, MLA, and MA A+U will be online.
To support our live interactive (but online) lectures, we will also provide additional asynchronous materials to maximize your learning through being able to access materials such as presentations, video content, online discussion boards, or collaborative documents in your own time.
To help support you with the asynchronous learning, we will provide a detailed timetable of all events for the whole year and additional guidance to help you balance your workload, broken down into daily suggestions of what to study on which days.
We will recommend a suggested timetable to help you structure your study time on a week-by-week basis.
Find out more at Studying in September 2021
Coursework and Assessment
Assessments are designed to provide you with feedback on your progress in understanding the subject and in developing essential skills.
Methods include project reviews, assignments, essays, and online assessments.
We're one of the most targeted universities by the nation's top employers.
BA Architecture graduates are highly valued for their confidence and creativity, and benefit from our strong links with national and international architectural practices. They have gone on to successful careers in areas including:
- estate management;
- project management;
- real estate;
- urban design;
- web design.
Top employers of our BA Architecture graduates include Aedas, AR, Atkins, BDP, BroadwayMalyan, Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, and Sheppard Robson.
Qualifying as an architect normally requires a combination of five years study at university and a minimum of two years practical experience before completing a final examination.
Many graduates study our Master of Architecture (MArch) course, which is recognised as a Part 2 qualification by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The University has its own dedicated Careers Service
that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability
Read more about career destinations of our Architecture graduates on our Manchester School of Architecture Alumni Profiles
As a student of Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), you will study a degree that is delivered jointly by The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
You will, therefore, benefit from the facilities and resources of both institutions such as libraries, computer suites, making and media workshops and much more.
Upon successful completion of your studies, you will receive one degree certificate.
The joint award certificate includes each institution's crest and awarding body title.