Course Overview

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

This course offers a choice of either starting in September or January.

Features

  • As a MA Architecture and Urbanism student of Manchester School of Architecture, 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.
  • This is an internationally engaged course that actively disseminates students' thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications

Career Prospects

Graduates have gone on to work with leading architectural, urbanism and town planning practices both nationally and internationally. An increasing number of graduates enrol on further research degrees at doctoral level.

Duration

1 year full-time (48 weeks)

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Teaching and Learning

Through this course you will begin to engage directly with a chosen research subject area, gather data and formulate an original approach in your practice. You will synthesise your project culminating in the production of a leading-edge proposition until you present and contextualise your thesis. This internationally based course actively disseminates students' thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publication.

Assessment

Self, peer and tutor-based assessment methods.

Research Methodologies and Events

Research Methodologies and Events

Research Methods is an opportunity for you to explore techniques and processes that inform design as a spatial practice in architecture and urbanism.

Cities and Urbanism : Ideologies and Futures

Cities and Urbanism : Ideologies and Futures

A seminar series delivered by the students exploring the history and theory of architecture and urban design, using key texts identified by the Unit Leader.

Studio A

Studio A

This unit is the first in a series of Studio Units, it forms the basis for a design thesis project during the programme of academic study. It typically explores issues in the design of cities, urban space or urban scaled architecture. This unit will engage with urban environments and/or ideas connecting local and global issues and opportunities

Studio B

Studio B

This unit is the second in a series that form an academic design thesis project. It typically builds upon the findings and themes established in Studio A. This enables you, through discussion with the studio tutorial team, to identify and refine project opportunities at a variety of scales that respond to the urban condition in both local and global situations, to nominate and agree a situation within which the thesis project will be developed and executed.

Studio C

Studio C

This is the final unit in a sequence that forms an academic design thesis project. It typically establishes formal and operational aspects of the proposition and includes an investigation of significant interpretative strategies that are critical to the thesis. It typically communicates final resolution to professional presentation standards and includes a critical study in a significant aspect of the realisation of the project.

Dissertation

Dissertation

This unit provides the opportunity to explore, substantiate, communicate and disseminate the research trajectory of a written thesis in architecture and urbanism through the media of an extended piece of disciplined academic writing. Academic writing is supported through the highly structured and intensive tutorial programme: Dissertation Bootcamp. This is designed to provide personalised academic training in the production of high quality written outputs.

MA Architecture and Urbanism Teaching Staff

Dr Lucy Montague
Dr Lucy Montague MA Architecture and Urbanism Programme Leader View profile
Eamonn Canniffe
Eamonn Canniffe Principal Lecturer View profile
Eddy Fox
Eddy Fox Senior Lecturer View profile
Professor Yamuna Kaluarachchi
Professor Yamuna Kaluarachchi Professor of Architecture, Interim Department RKE Lead View profile
Dr Youcao Ren
Dr Youcao Ren Lecturer in Architecture View profile
Dominic Sagar
Dominic Sagar Senior Lecturer View profile
David Chandler
David Chandler Tutor (MAAU Studio and Theory) View profile
John Copestake
John Copestake Tutor (MAAU Theory) View profile
Joren Heise
Joren Heise Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Chathu Jayakody
Chathu Jayakody Tutor (MAAU Studio and Theory) View profile
David Johnson
David Johnson Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Kaija-Luisa Kurik
Kaija-Luisa Kurik Tutor (MAAU Studio and Theory) View profile
Curtis Martyn
Curtis Martyn Tutor (MAAU Studio, "AND" Atelier) View profile
Simon Mitchell
Simon Mitchell Tutor (MAAU Theory) View profile
Matt Quayle
Matt Quayle Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Gonzalo Sanchez Garcia
Gonzalo Sanchez Garcia Tutor (MAAU Theory) View profile
Dr Matthew Steele
Dr Matthew Steele Specialist Tutor (Architectural Humanities, BA1 Studio and Skills, MAAU Theory) View profile
Neil Stevenson
Neil Stevenson Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Eddy Taylor
Eddy Taylor Tutor (MAAU Theory) View profile
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Rim Yassine Kassab
Rim Yassine Kassab Tutor (MAAU Theory) View profile
Juliet Ye
Juliet Ye Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Chris Wong
Chris Wong Tutor (MAAU Studio) View profile
Student Profile Work by Albena Atanasovva
Anna Krysa MA Architecture and Urbanism
Student Profile Work by David Chandler
I was keen to find out how my fields of study had evolved since I left them in the early 1980s. David Chandler MA Architecture and Urbanism

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