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University of Nottingham

Nottingham , England ,United Kingdom

Architecture Design MArch

MArch Architecture Design focuses on the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced design techniques and technologies.

This course was originally established to respond to the increasing competition in the professional procurement of buildings and the growing demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence.

It offers the opportunity to concentrate on architectural or urban design, humanities, environmental design and technology to a high level of sophistication without the need to work within a single specialist area.

This course centres around the development and application of specialist architectural knowledge and advanced architectural design techniques. 

Through a range of specialist lectures, seminars and design studio modules you will explore current and future issues facing urban designers, architects and technologists, and develop the skills, knowledge and awareness required in the fast-moving world of contemporary architectural research and practice. 

MArch Architecture Design is offered on a full-time basis over one year. It does not convey professional accreditation in the UK.

Key facts

  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment will develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions
  • This interdisciplinary programme shares modules with other postgraduate courses within the department

Campus Information

Park Campus

University Park is The University of Nottingham’s largest campus at 300 acres. Part of the University since 1929, the campus is widely regarded as one of the largest and most attractive in the country.


  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 40

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Department of Architecture and Environment has an international reputation for its teaching and research, and collaborates with leading institutions worldwide in the fields of architecture, urban design and sustainable energy technology.

It is renowned for its commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, and therefore our postgraduates are internationally recognised as having the skills needed to meet the contemporary challenges facing the built environment professions.

MArch Architecture Design provides the foundation for advanced career opportunities in architectural practice and academia. Students are encouraged to consider continuing to study for a higher degree by research – MPhil or PhD.

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high-level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

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PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

2:1 (or international equivalent) in architecture or a similar subject. This must include modules in architectural design amounting to 25% to 50% of total credits. 

Applicants to all MArch programmes in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment are required to submit a portfolio of their design work with their application. The portfolio enables us to see that you have some of the core skills required to be successful on an MArch course and to see the range of skills and types of projects that you have completed in your undergraduate degree.

The portfolio should be submitted with your admissions application in PDF format and less than 10Mb (please submit this directly to the MyNottingham application system).

The portfolio should have a:

  • minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 images
  • letter confirming that this is your own work - the letter should come from a tutor or course teacher who has been responsible for you and should be on institution headed paper
  • front cover of the portfolio which shows your full name

The portfolio should contain examples of a few design projects that you have completed as part of your taught university education. Try to show different presentation techniques that represent your design skills (such as plans, sections, perspectives, physical and computer models, etc). The images can be any from architectural, urban, planning or landscape projects that you have completed in your studies.

You may also include a few sketches, paintings, photographs, still life or life drawings to show your skills (maximum two pages) and an example of a project that you have completed as part of work experience or a professional placement (maximum two pages)

Portfolios will be judged on whether you have the visual skills required together with a keen sense of judgement and spatial awareness in your work.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 19170 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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