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Architecture MArch 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHT002

Study options:

2 years full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Blending together art and science, the Architecture MArch aims to extend your knowledge, preparing you for a career in building design.

This course is designed to enable you to develop the creative and professional skills required for a successful career in architecture. Focusing primarily on studio-based design projects the course will stretch your design imagination, develop your critical thinking, and prepare you to respond proactively to a wide range of complex challenges.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

Architecture at Coventry University is taught as a liberal discipline that is technically, professionally, socially, and environmentally sustainable, placing an emphasis on architecture as a social practice and a technical process which deliberately spans both science and the arts.

We strive to provide an architectural education that is as complex as the field of architecture itself, but which nonetheless has clarity of intent and purpose and is stimulating and accessible. Our teaching reflects the nature of contemporary architecture as an international field of creative inquiry and the course incorporates exploration, collaboration and the critical analysis of a range of inputs from differing sources, to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary for the role of the architect in a modern multidisciplinary building design process.

This is a modular course based primarily on design project work, supported by lectures and seminars that explore the cultural, technical and professional dimensions of architecture.

5/5

Awarded the maximum of 5 stars for employability

QS stars ranking 2016

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Design, Process and Communication

  • Comprehensive Design

  • Construction Technology and Environmental Design

  • Cultural Context

  • Integrated Project

Overview

Modules

  • Research for Design

  • Design Thesis

  • Professional Practice and Management

  • Critical Investigations

In more detail...

The course’s approach to internationalisation, collaborative working and individual creativity is relevant to the pluralistic nature of contemporary practice; and from the outset students discuss and consider their individual ideas in the context of their peer group and wider society.

The subject categories in which architecture operates: Design (process), Technology (including structure, construction and environmental control), Cultural Context (historical and contemporary) and Communication (visual and verbal) and Professional Practice, develop an understanding of the relationship between global issues, local context and the tectonics of architecture, and equip students with the intellectual, creative, and practical skills to apply their learning in an appropriate manner which meets the needs and aspirations not only of related professions and the wider construction industry, but of society in general.  

Coventry University’s Education Strategy 2015-2021 has been fundamental to informing the principles that underpin the development of this course. It has been designed to prepare students to make significant contributions to their professions and communities, and to be a creative force in a rapidly evolving world. The strategy is based around six pillars of transformative learning and student experience:

  • Research inspired teaching
  • Embedded employability
  • Creativity and enterprise
  • Multicultural and international engagement
  • Community contribution and responsibility
  • Innovation and digital fluency

The course utilises a variety of assessment methods in response to the range of studio based design modules, and written modules. These include assessment methods which reflect the ways in which students might be expected to work in architectural practice, including the design critique (or ‘crit’), which provides an opportunity for formative assessment through the verbal presentation of graphic work in the presence of both tutors and students. The ability to present and defend your work in this way is an essential attribute of successful architects and the assessment process is thus an essential part of the learning process.

Formative assessments and feedback are built into all modules. The focus on studio culture encourages regular contact between student and tutors within taught sessions through tutorials and workshops, and peer to peer learning is actively encouraged with an informally based feedback network. Written feedback is given in a structured process throughout the studio modules, and formative grading bands are utilised to help students gauge their progress and the quality of their work. Guest critics are viewed as an essential element of feedback. These are drawn both from practicing architects, helping to bridge academic and professional practices, and from real world clients which helps to reinforce the course’s focus on the social practice of architecture.

Other modules, which are not focussed on design outputs, are assessed through a range of methods including written work, and seminar presentations. As with all modules, there are formative assessments and feedback at appropriate stages.

There will be up to 15 hours per week contact time initially spread across Studio Practice, Lectures, Seminars, Workshops and Educational Visits. Most activities will take place over 2 days a week. This allows you enough time for significant self-study and exploration which is the basis of studying at master’s level, the proportion of which will increase building up to your final projects.

International case studies, practices and theories have been built into the course throughout. The course has strong connections with industry and other universities in Europe as well as overseas. You may have the opportunity to take part in international study visits and to work with international professionals and educators.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree in Architecture, normally RIBA/ARB Part 1.  However RIBA/ARB Part 1 is not a prerequisite of the Master of Architecture programme, and we can make offers to candidates – usually from outside the UK – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree.

Applicants are normally expected to have completed a ‘year out’ placement in practice with a completed PEDR logbook, or have equivalent experience. This will be determined at the applications stage.

Portfolio

Applicants will be asked to provide a convincing portfolio of relevant architectural design work. This will either be presented at interview or submitted by post/online. 

We can make offers to candidates – usually from outside the UK – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree.

 

Portfolio

Applicants will be asked to provide a convincing portfolio of relevant architectural design work. This will either be presented at interview or submitted by post/online. 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 in all components. IELTS 6.0 may be considered with additional Pre-Sessional English support.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

We can make offers to candidates – usually from outside the UK – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree.

Portfolio

Applicants will be asked to provide a convincing portfolio of relevant architectural design work. This will either be presented at interview or submitted by post/online. 

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 in all components. IELTS 6.0 may be considered with additional Pre-Sessional English support.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

This course is primarily designed to prepare you for a career in architecture.

Graduates may also choose to pursue careers in a wide range of related professions or to pursue further academic studies at PhD level.

Although work placements as such are not undertaken by the course, the nature of the course ensures strong links to industry with industry led design briefs and the input by visiting tutors from industry. 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.