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School of Architecture and Built Environment


MArch Part-time 3 years, Full-time 2 years

The aim of this course is to continue to challenge you to explore further your creative design capabilities whilst exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials for the development of the current and future Built Environment.

The aim of this course is to continue to challenge you to explore further your creative design capabilities whilst exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials for the development of the current and future Built Environment.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 26 October 2020
  • Award MArch
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (3 years), Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

Why choose this course?

The aim of this course is to continue to challenge you to explore further your creative design capabilities whilst exploiting traditional and modern technologies and materials for the development of the current and future Built Environment. Throughout your study, you will explore how Architecture can shape national and international communities and culture, including developing a deep understanding of the responsibility to create sustainable solutions.

The MArch will strengthen the design side which is currently running only at the undergraduate level. This course builds on existing undergraduate provision will give exemption (subject to external validation) to parts 2 RIBA qualification procedure and in the future, to Part 3.

What happens on the course?

This course (as does the degree) builds on the rich heritage of Wolverhampton and its unique geographic position within the Black Country region of the UK, seen by many as the birthplace of the industrial revolution.

The course provides you with a fully engaging design-based education and will allow you to expand your architectural design abilities through studio-based learning and personal research. In addition to developing your creative capabilities, this course will draw on our rich technological history to allow you to integrate design with the latest emerging technology for the development of buildings that excite the user and shape the local, national and international urban environment. Sustainability features heavily in all aspects of the course and this underlying ethos will feature throughout your studies, ensuring that you design for a built environment that leaves a positive legacy.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 For the award of a MArch, you, the student will be able to:

  • generate complex design proposals showing understanding of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations;
  • evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals;
  • evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practical design proposals
  • have a critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design;
  • understand the context of the Architects role in the process of procurement and building production and under legislation;
  • acquire problem solving skills, professional judgement, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances; and to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an Architect

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £7600 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £5066 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £11700 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2020 Entry

A second class honour undergraduate degree in Architecture RIBA/ARB Part 1, or similar degree in the case of EU and Overseas courses. Applicants with non-ARB prescribed undergraduate architecture degrees who wish to register in the UK as an architect eventually would have to pass the ARB Prescribed Examination.

Applicants are normally expected to have completed at least 9 months of ‘year out’ placement in practice, or have equivalent experience. However, practical experience is not required for entry to the MArch, though applicants should note that a minimum of 24 months of logged professional experience are required to undertake a Part III examination and to register as an architect in the UK, this should include at least 12 months working in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect. 12 of the 24 months' experience should have been undertaken in the two years immediately before taking the Part III examination.


Applicants will be asked to provide a convincing portfolio of academic and professional architectural design works.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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