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Architecture MArch (Hons)

2 years, starting in September 2021

This course is closed to applications for September 2021 entry.

Explore your architectural identity and develop your professional knowledge. Take the next step towards becoming a qualified Architect on our accredited course.

Our course meets ARB/RIBA requirements for part 2 architectural education. It gives you the enhanced architectural knowledge and practical experience you need to create complex design proposals.

Our teaching is based on the philosophical tradition of critical rationalism and develops your ability to apply this through analysing and critiquing architecture as a discipline. Design studio projects are a chance for you to explore the design process in depth. You’ll focus on generating diverse ideas and approaches that build upon your existing knowledge to develop new skills.

Our course integrates a semester-long placement at the start of your first year. This focus on practical experience ensures that you have a solid grounding in working in an architectural practice. It also develops your understanding of the changing role of the architect in the construction industry.

Combining academic with professional experience in your first semester will help you relate design and management theories to practice. Lectures in your second semester cover a range of topics from architectural history, theory and science to sustainability and urban design. You could also have the opportunity to take a field trip and workshop based in another city in the UK or Europe.

In your second year, you’ll investigate design in more depth through research and studio projects. This gives you the chance to focus on areas of architecture that interest you. Through group project work, you'll analyse architectural possibilities to create sustainable building and urban design solutions. You’ll study a city of your choice and develop a project brief for your final studio project.

Our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering provides you with a supportive academic environment to study in. You have designated studio space throughout your studies and will be supported with printing, workshop and computing facilities. You’ll learn from academics and specialists in architecture and design. You'll also benefit from research training and tutorial support throughout your degree.

You’ll graduate able to evaluate materials, processes and techniques used in complex architectural designs and building construction. Your problem solving, project management and teamwork skills, and professional judgement will prepare you for a career as an Architect.

2021/22 Academic Year

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in September 2021 may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

We understand that you will want to know more about the shape of the next academic year (2021-22). We have been working hard and planning for different scenarios, in order to be able to welcome you to the University of Bath at the start of semester.

Find out about our plans for offering a safe campus experience for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2023. Welcome week starts on 27 September 2021.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.


At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units these allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.


As part of our course, you’ll spend one semester working in practice. This integrated approach contributes to the required practical experience you need to become an Architect. It helps you directly relate your educational learning to the workplace and gives you the chance to earn a salary during a part of your studies. When you return from placement, you’ll have a professional awareness that will benefit the rest of your degree.

If you are an International student, our course gives you the opportunity to go on placement in the UK. You can do this on a Tier 4 visa with the University of Bath acting as your sponsor.

In exceptional circumstances if you're unable to finish your placement or you are unable to start a suitable placement in the time available, students are able to gain the requisite credits for progression by completing an approved piece of independent study.

Learning and assessment

You’ll be taught and assessed by a variety of methods and it will vary between units. These methods are designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding of the subject.


  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Thesis
  • Work-based placement

Contact hours and workload

Overall workload

You should expect to spend approximately 35 to 40 hours a week studying on your course. These hours consist of structured activities and independent learning. You will experience a mix of in-person teaching that will take place on campus, and structured online learning delivered through the University’s virtual learning environment.

Structured learning activities

During semester 1 you’ll most likely be on placement. We will organise support for your placement, including an online or in-person placement visit. The unit, Professional studies: management, practice and law (AR40340) will be delivered online alongside your placement. If you’re unable to secure a placement, you can discuss your options with your Director of Studies.

In semester 2,  you can expect to spend between five to eight hours on structured learning activities a week. Approximately 60% to 70% of this will be in timetabled sessions on campus with the rest online. The range in time is related to changes in the learning and teaching patterns as you progress through your year. You will have further access to design studios on campus throughout the week, where you can work individually and in groups on your projects.

In-person teaching and online activities

Timetabled sessions delivered in person on campus during semester 2 will be a mix of lectures, tutorials, and studios. Online activities may include following a recorded lecture, or other learning materials, or joining a timetabled live interactive session through Teams or Zoom. Where necessary, some tutorials may be delivered online.

Independent learning

The rest of your time outside these structured activities will be spent in independent learning which includes individual research, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

To support you in your studies you’ll be able to access facilities on campus and in Bath such as study spaces, computers, and the Library outside of timetabled learning. You’ll also have access to laboratories, workshops and scheduled studio activities.

IT requirements

You'll need regular access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and a reliable internet connection. This will allow you to take full advantage of online resources and also prepare you to learn fully online, should it become necessary. You’ll need a laptop computer to make the most of your timetabled sessions on campus. Key software for your course will be available to you remotely, including access to MS Teams and Zoom through your university account.

As part of your course, you may need to use software such as AutoCAD, Sketchup and the Adobe suite. You’ll need to purchase licences for these software (costing around £500) and you’ll need the graphics capability to run them on your computer. You don’t need to buy these licences before you come to university as we’ll provide further information once you start your course.

View our guidance on how to prepare for blended learning for more information on IT requirements.

Professional accreditations

Details of professional bodies who recognise this course.

Recognition of professional qualifications

As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).

The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.

Student giving a presentation, referring to an architectural drawing on screen
‘You are encouraged to explore innovative concepts whilst ensuring that the design is structurally and environmentally viable. This ultimately prepares you for the realities of a career in architecture.’
Michael Lewis MArch Architecture (2016)

Entry requirements

Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

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.

Work experience

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.

English language requirements

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Architecture MArch (Hons)


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

These fees are for the academic year 2021/22 only. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.

Home and Island students

Tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22


In Year 1, you pay a reduced tuition fee instead of the full year fee to account for your work placement.

In Year 2, you will pay the full year fee for that year. (In 2021/22 it is £9,250.)

Find out more about current student fees

Legal information

UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Overseas students

Tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22


In Year 1, you pay a reduced tuition fee instead of the full year fee to account for your work placement.

In Year 2, you will pay the full year fee for that year. (In 2021/22 it is £23,400.)

Find out more about current student fees

Legal information

You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of full time study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage and the amount will be set out on our fee page in December for the following academic year.

If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Plotting of drawings, model making and the creation and binding of a design portfolio

£220 per year, payable as each drawing, model or portfolio is required.


As part of your course, you may need to use software such as AutoCAD, Sketchup and the Adobe suite. You’ll need to purchase licences for this software (we estimate this could cost around (£424) and will need the graphics capability to run this on your computer.

Non-compulsory study visit to a city in the UK or Europe

Approximately £250, payable at time of visit.

How to pay

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

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