You should have a bachelor’s honours degree, typically a high 2:1 or above with clear evidence of excellence in design studio.
To apply for this course, you must have an undergraduate degree in architecture validated for ARB/RIBA Part 1 or equivalent.
We carry out interviews with applicants approximately one month after the application deadline.
When applying, you will need to provide a sample of work, around 30 sides A3, 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 one quarter on placement work. The sample should in equal measure, demonstrate the conceptual and analytic basis of your principal project, the overall layout and appearance of the proposal in both plan and three dimensions and evidence of its materiality and detailed design.
You will also need to provide a max. 500 word statement on the application which should explain why you have chosen Bath and what your particular architectural interests are and what skills and interests you hope to develop in the course at Bath, together with a reference from your University and from your place of employment.
For entrants without exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 1, you should be aware that our course is ARB/RIBA Part 2 validated. If you do not hold an ARB/RIBA Part 1 from your first degree then you will need to have your first degree validated as being equivalent to the ARB/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.
The Department usually asks applicants to have 12 months (or more) work experience in architectural practice before enrolling on the MArch programme.
If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.