Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Student work

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EDUCATE Prize winning student work - Algae Greenhouse and Research Centre

Further examples of MArch student work are available in the latest yearbook, in the student magazine Paperspace and by viewing footage from the London Show 2016 


Application for 2018 entry opens in December 2017.

Contact us

Rachel Knox, Department Secretary 

Tel: +44(0)1225 384495

MArch (RIBA part 2)

The MArch at Bath provides a supportive academic environment which encourages each student to explore and develop their own architectural identity within a professionally focused course.

The course has a unique structure. The first semester is an integrated placement, which may be an extension of a student’s year in practice. This is followed by three semesters of academic study (a year and a half) leading to a fully prescribed and accredited ARB/RIBA Part 2 professional qualification as an architect.

This course is not suitable for students wishing to study on a part-time basis, including those in parallel employment within an architectural practice.

Learning outcomes

The MArch provides for the development of sophisticated analytical and reflective design skills combined with accruing knowledge required as a practising architect. This process is nurtured and encouraged through specialist tutorial support from within and without the architectural field, as well as by lecture courses in the fields of architectural history, theory and science.


Students will have sole use of an individually dedicated work space in one of the studios in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. The studios have 24 hour access, 365 days a year, and are supported by fully equipped workshops, CAD labs, printing and library facilities. The building itself was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1980s.

The placement advantage for overseas students

Bath offers the only accredited architecture course which includes a semester-long integrated placement.  For those students wishing to complete work experience in the UK as well as their degree, the Master of Architecture gives the opportunity for overseas students to undertake a period of employment on a Tier 4 visa with the University of Bath acting as the student’s sponsor. 
For typical two-year architecture courses in the UK, students wishing to gain work experience in the UK will have to obtain a new visa.  In the majority of cases this will need to be a Tier 2 visa.  This is subject to conditions, such as salary thresholds and employer sponsorship, and not always obtainable.  The structure of the Architecture course at Bath allows our overseas students to work and study in the UK under a single Tier 4 visa. For details please contact International Student Advice 

Further details

The programme begins with a week-long introduction to the school, a professional studies (PML) course, as well as an intense studio workshop. These events are run during the last week of the September preceding the commencement of semester 1. Attendance for this week is mandatory and students then work in placement for the remainder of semester 1. This placement is a supervised period in an architect's office in which you work as normal, but also carry out a reflective study of your period there. Our Professional Studies Advisor can advise you of possible workplaces if you cannot / have not found one for yourself. This period of study attracts only 20% of the full fee for a semester.
Semester 2
The emphasis in semester 2 is an exploration into the design process together with an analysis and critique of the discipline of architecture itself and the changing role of the architect.

Design Studio projects tend to be short, in order to emphasise process rather than product, and to encourage a diversity of ideas and approaches that might augment the methods that students are already versed in or employ as a default methodology. First hand observation, engagement , recording and assessment, underscore the studio. The Design Studio includes work in – and more particularly combinations of – hand-drawing, conceptualization sketches, diagramming and model-making, and at times film-making

Studio work is supported by two lectures courses in history and theory as well as sustainability. These courses in tandem with experience gained in practice foster the development of agendas for, and possible modes of practice of, architecture. As part of the exploratory character of MArch 1, there is a field trip and workshop, typically undertaken with students from our partner universities in Europe (and possibly in Helsinki).

The MArch 2 course centres on design investigations through the mediums of both a written research paper and studio projects. Teaching is highly specific and tutorial-based throughout the year, with the objective that students are able to complete a comprehensive design project as a culmination to their formal design education as an architect. Tutor groups are typically eight students per tutor.

Semester 1
After commencing the necessary research during the previous summer, 40% of semester 1 is devoted to completing and individual Research Paper. The Research Paper is central to students having the opportunity to inquire into, critique and reflect upon a particular area of architecture that interests them. Students benefit from the wide array of research staff available in the Department who offer research training and individual tutorial support.

The Design Studio in semester 1 is conducted in small groups of four or five students and based a city (usually European) of their choice. Students analyse the constituting contexts and possibilities of those cities and develop urban design master-plan proposals. Within this context, students then develop their own individual briefs for their final design project, which is developed in semester 2.  Design Studio represents 60% of semester 1.

Semester 2
Semester 2 is given over entirely to students working individually on their final project the context of which is derived from the work in semester 2. A wide range of specialist tutorial support is offered to create a multi-disciplinary supportive environment in which students can complete a fully resolved comprehensive design project that represents their own design identity and agenda.

Apply online

Please note that decisions and offers may not be concluded until early June 2018. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview in the afternoon of one of two dates: TBC

Prior to the interview a tour of the department will be conducted as a group. In rare instances where attendance for an interview is problematic, the option of a Skype interview will be offered (usually when students are working abroad). Please ensure when applying that you are available on one or ideally both of these dates.

Entry requirements

  • a first degree in architecture which exempts you from the RIBA Part 1 examination - we can not accept applications from external students unless they have already graduated. For Bath students in the final year of the four year BSc Architecture with placement, applications will be accepted from students if they are expected to graduate in the summer before entry onto the programme.
  • a 1st class degree classification in architecture or a strong 2.1 with evidence of excellence in the design aspects of your course. We also require a full transcript as well as a copy of your degree certificate.
  • a sample of work demonstrating a strong aptitude for architectural design. The sample should be submitted via the online system and should be no more than 50MB. The focus of the work should be your final projects with an edited sample of earlier work and a maximum of two pages on placement work. The sample should in equal measure, demonstrate the conceptual and analytic basis of your principle project, the overall layout and appearance of the proposal in both plan and three dimensions and evidence of its materiality and detailed design.
  • a brief written statement on the application which should explain why you have chosen Bath and what your particular architectural interest are and what skills and interests you hope to develop in the course at Bath.
  • a reference from your University and from your place of employment
  • If English is a second language – certification of proficiency in English above IELTS level 7.0 or equivalent. For more information visit our study pages.

For entrants without exemption from RIBA Part 1 You should be aware that our course is RIBA Part 2 validated. If you do not hold an RIBA Part 1 from your first degree then you will need to have your first degree validated as being equivalent to the RIBA Part 1 – before you enrol on our Master of Architecture course.

The process for confirming Part 1 equivalence of overseas qualifications is undertaken by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the independent statutory regulator of architects in the UK, and also the UKs Competent Authority for Architects. In order to call yourself an ‘architect’ in the UK you must be registered with the ARB. In order to register in the UK, you typically need to hold the following:

  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 1 (or equivalent)
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 2 (or equivalent)
  • An ARB prescribed UK qualification at Part 3, including 24 months practical training experience

If your first degree broadly covers the same subjects as a UK Part 1 qualification, you can usually obtain equivalence to the UK Part 1 by putting yourself forward eligible to take the ARB’s Prescribed Examination. 

For more information about the ARB’s Prescribed Examinations and its requirements for registration and to check whether any qualifications you may already hold are recognised by ARB – and at which level – visit the ARB’s website.

Deferred entry

The Department will not make deferred entry offers to the Master of Architecture. If candidates are considering deferred entry they should submit applications in the year in which they intend to enter (for example January – March 2016 for entry in September 2016).

Deferrals to existing offers will only be made under exceptional circumstances and once made will not normally be extended.

Work experience

The Department usually asks for students to have approximately 12 months (or more) work experience in architectural practice before enrolling on the MArch course. However, the current economic climate means that even some of the very best students are finding it difficult to secure employment.

We will therefore consider candidates with more limited experience. If this applies to you then please state it clearly in your application, and make reference/exhibit in your portfolio what you have done instead to compensate: e.g. work experience in other fields, courses, excellence in the technical, material and environmental resolution of student projects.

Home and EU Students

Students enrolling on the Bath Master of Architecture should therefore, pay the same rate of fees and remain on the same student finance package, as their first degree, providing that they do not have a gap of more than 3 years between completing their Part 1 and starting their Part 2 as they are considered to be a continuing student. In situations where this is not the case please contact the relevant student loan organisation to confirm funding.

For all Home and EU students regardless of year of entry to part 1:

  • A reduced fee is payable during the first year of study – please contact the Student Finance Office for information
  • Full fees are payable for the second year of study

Overseas Students

  • A reduced fee is payable during the first year of study - please contact the Student Finance Office for information
  • Full fees are payable for the second year of study

For further information please contact the University’s Finance Office or visit the finance office webpages

For further information regarding the changes to tuition fees please see the RIBA website. For further information please contact the University’s Finance Office.

For further information regarding the changes to tuition fees please see the RIBA website.

Additional costs

You will need to budget for an average of £220 for the MArch for the plotting of drawings, the creation of a bound design portfolio and model making. You will be required to participate in a compulsory study visit to a European city at a cost of approximately £250.

The RIBA Education Fund

This offers maintenance grants and one-off payments to students of architecture experiencing financial hardship. Students may apply for grants using an application form which is available to download from the RIBA Education Fund website.


All Part 1 and Part 2 students who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of their first course in Architecture are eligible to apply. However, first year Part 1 students will be awarded grants only in exceptional circumstances as the Fund tends to support students who have proven their commitment to the course and the profession.

Information about funding schemes administered by the RIBA Education can be found on the RIBA website.