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.
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.
Student work images by Molly Agnew, BA Architecture
All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.
Entry requirements for UK/Overseas applicants:
Qualification/academic completion equivalent to UK ARB/RIBA Part I degree, at 2.1 Hons or above.
Post Part I professional experience is not required but may be advantageous
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.
2023/24 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 postgraduate loan from the UK government.
Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government postgraduate 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)||£9,250|
|Home||Postgraduate degree (part-time, over 2 years)||£5,780 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|
For Home and overseas postgraduate degree students starting in 2023, fees will remain the same for each year of your course.
Financial support for UK students in 2023
Postgraduate Masters Loan
For 2023, 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.
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.
How to apply
Applications to our postgraduate courses should be made directly to Norwich University of the Arts using a Postgraduate Application Form.
Applications should be returned to email@example.com
Terms and conditions
- Norwich Terms and Conditions (11/12/20)
- Norwich Student Regulations and Procedures (22/09/22)
- Student Protection Plan (05/09/18)
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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