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Architecture MArch

Length:

Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

Take the next step towards becoming a qualified architect on our MArch Architecture course. Developing a unique design voice is at the heart of the course while equipping successful graduates with the necessary professional competencies.

Research-by-design

The course is made up of eight units taught over two years full-time and three years part-time study. Each unit falls into the area of Design Studio, Research or Professional Studies.

Studio options range from practitioner-led masterclasses, or active research in coastal architectural design, contemporary considerations in conservation/rehabilitation, modern vernacular architecture in provincial towns and rural areas.

You will be supported to tackle real-world issues, while speculating and proposing new futures through bold experimentation and boundless enquiry in project-based learning.

Our tutors come from industry and research and our community is a place where academics, practitioners and students are co-designing new ways of thinking.

Teaching is delivered in a dedicated postgraduate studio space, equipped with computer workstations, model-making facilities, large format printers and 3D printers.

You share the infrastructure of a specialist creative arts university with equipment, expertise and support of disciplines such as Games, Fine Art, Fashion, and Interior Design.

You have access to workshops with capability for plastics, metal, wood, and concrete work.

Backed by industry and professional networks

Upon completion of the MArch (subject to the pending prescription for Part 2) you will be exempt from the ARB Part 2 examination.

For students without ARB Part 1, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take the Part 1 exam, as entry into MArch does not exempt you from meeting the ARB Part 1 requirement when applying to the UK ARB register.

If you also hold ARB Part 1 accreditation and have the requisite PEDR experience, you will then be able to sit the ARB Part 3 examination.

The course is supported by RIBA East, the Norfolk Association of Architectures (NAA), and benefits from activity already established in the BA (Hons) Architecture course, such as the student society, the external lecture series which boasts of guests such as Kengo Kuma Architects, UN Studio, Studio Granda, Tonkin Liu and Drozdov and Partners, and academics from the US and across the UK.

We have collaborative arrangements with professional practitioners and regional organisations and networks such as the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.

Post Grad Fest 2023

Norwich University of the Arts 2023 Masters graduates presented their end of year show, a 5-day physical exhibition in St Georges Building.

Student work images by Molly Agnew, BA Architecture

Course Details

Course Information

Course length: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

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Entry requirements for UK/Overseas applicants:

Qualification/academic completion equivalent to UK ARB/RIBA Part I degree, at 2.1 Hons or above.

Portfolio assessment/interview

Post Part I professional experience is not required but may be advantageous

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

2024/25 University fees for new entrants

Norwich University of the Arts will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs


Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay Norwich University of the Arts’ tuition fees upfront.


Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

Fee status Course Annual fee
Home Postgraduate degree (full-time) £9,600
Home Postgraduate degree (part-time, over 2 years) £5,950 per year
Home MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years) £9,250 per year
Home MArch Architecture (part-time, over 3 years) £6,167 per year
Overseas Postgraduate degree (full-time) £18,000
Overseas MArch Architecture (full-time, over 2 years) £18,000 per year

Inflation in subsequent years

The rules for inflation on fees in subsequent years depend on the type of fee status and level.

  • For Home undergraduate students starting in 2024, inflation may be applied to your fees in later years, if the UK government were to increase the fee cap beyond the current limit of £9,250 per year. If such an increase were to apply, we would confirm this in advance to you of each academic year, and we would limit the increase to the maximum allowed by the Office for Students.
  • For Overseas undergraduate students starting in 2024, inflation will be applied to your fees in later years. We will confirm this in advance to you of each academic year, and we will limit the increase to no more than the Office for Students’ recommended inflationary measure, which is RPI-X. RPI-X is calculated by the Office for Budget Responsibility. In setting fees for the following year, we will use the Office for Budget Responsibility’s RPI-X forecast for quarter 3 of the relevant year.

For Home and overseas postgraduate degree students starting in 2024, fees will remain the same for each year of your course.

Financial support for UK students in 2024

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable Norwich University of the Arts bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

Postgraduate Masters Loan

For 2024, UK nationals and EU nationals who have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status may be eligible for a government loan towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degree students can apply for the Masters loan. Find out more about postgraduate masters loans.

Norwich alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

Home Norwich alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on Norwich postgraduate degree fees. For the purposes of this discount, alumni are those who have completed a course with us at undergraduate or postgraduate level, but excluding short courses.

All Norwich staff and art teachers at high schools or sixth form colleges are eligible for a £1,000 discount on Norwich postgraduate degree fees. As long as this status applies at the time that they start the course, we will honour the discount for the duration of the course, even if the person subsequently leaves their employment.

International students

We offer a range of scholarships for international students to support your studies with us.

How to apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using a Postgraduate Application Form.

Postgraduate Application form 2023-24 – Word format

Applications should be returned to admissions@norwichuni.ac.uk

Terms and conditions

When should I apply for an MA course?

There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paperwork to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place. International students requiring a visa should apply as soon as possible in the year they wish to start. Email our International Team for more information.

 

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Anthony Hudson

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