Architecture MArch

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MArchitecture 2022

Define a new agenda for architecture. Develop and refine your skills while working on real projects with real purpose, tackling the key architectural concepts and challenges of our time.

Key details
Location Falmouth Campus
Course duration 2 years
Attendance Full-time

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Course overview

Throughout this masters in Architecture, you'll explore the relationship between architecture, place and communities through the principles of participatory design, radical regionalism and sustainable design methodologies. With practising lecturers, high-profile industry guests and the opportunity to work on live build projects, you'll not only cultivate your own specialist architectural design practice, but respond to the climate emergency with our unique attitude to materials and design.

This course is in the process of pursuing RIBA validation and ARB Part II prescription for spring 2022 and we will update the course page to reflect the outcome.

You will:

  • Gain globally transferable RIBA accreditations (subject to validation*)
  • Access dedicated architecture studios, industry facilities and workshops
  • Learn from respected guest lecturers, who are experts in their field
  • Collaborate with other students across architecture, design and interiors
  • Be able to earn while you learn, with the Architecture MArch course set out so that you can balance your professional practice with your academic studies
  • Study for a master's degree in architecture on the only course of its kind in Cornwall
 

Course details

Through exploring the vital connections between architects, communities and the built and natural environment, you’ll generate complex designs that test new architectural hypotheses. You’ll also learn to critically reflect at every step of the design process – a crucial skill within this challenging industry. 

The first year is designed to help you transition from your professional practice year into the academic rigor of a masters in Architecture. As well as deep diving into architectural theory, you’ll undertake participatory design projects and integrated peer learning – allowing you to investigate and develop your unique design language. You’ll also produce a written thesis to articulate your critical thinking and alignment to design.

Modules 

Transition 

Design Thinking

Participate 

Tectonics

Study block 2 encourages and celebrates exemplary work that evidences Graduate Attributes at Part 2. Throughout the year you’ll complete a technically accomplished design project to showcase your knowledge, skills and dedication to solving real world problems through reflective design. 

Modules

Social Practice

Comprehensive Design - Research

Comprehensive Design - Realisation

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader. 

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details

How you'll learn

The Architecture MArch course is primarily delivered through integrated studio design projects, as well as lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by specialists.  

Students will be required to attend Falmouth University for three weeks out of a 12-week study block. That means a total of six weeks on campus over the two study blocks of an academic year. Study Block 1 runs from September to December and Study Block 2 runs from January to May. 

In addition to the time here at Falmouth, students will need to dedicate time during their working week in practice to develop their design work and take part in online learning activities. These will take the form of tutorials, peer-to-peer reviews and conversations as your work develops. 

Blended learning is taught through intensive on-campus activities supplemented by online, at-distance learning.  

Assessment methods  

Assessment will be through coursework. 

Assessment  

  • Formative assessment is ongoing throughout the course 
  • Summative assessment takes place at the end of each study block. 

Feedback 

  • Formative feedback is continuous both from academic staff and from peers.
  • Summative feedback takes place at the end of each study block.

Staff

Our Architecture lecturers are nationally renowned experts in their fields, with up-to-date industry knowledge and experience. You’ll also learn from inspiring visiting lecturers from the relevant professions, with specialisms including; structures, environmental design and mechanical engineering.

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Tom Ebdon

Course Leader

Tom Ebdon joined Falmouth University in 2014 to head up the new BA(Hons) Architecture course. A...

Tom Ebdon

Janie Hinton

Lecturer in Architecture

I am a qualified architect, a member of the ARB and RIBA, and I have worked in practice for twenty y...

Janie Hinton
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Mark Innes

Lecturer

Part-time lecturer at Falmouth since 2016. On-going occasional teaching at Dessau International Grad...

Mark Innes
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Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa is an international architect born in Porto - Portugal, registered within th...

Dr Tiago Pinto da Costa
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Mark Coles

Associate Lecturer

Mark Coles is a qualified architect and teaches part-time on the Architecture MArch course. Previ...

Mark Coles

Facilities

  • Dedicated Architecture studios 
  • Workshops – 3D, metal, wood, resistant materials, rapid prototyping, casting and milling  
  • Subject specific library with multiple online resources 
  • Outdoor making spaces 
  • Student support and academic support services 
  • IT  wifi and open access IT suites across both campuses  
  • Online Learning Space with 24/7, year-round access 
  • Reprographics – large format printing, Risograph printers, large scale scanning, laminating and binding services

 

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Applicants should hold at least one of the following qualifications: 

  • An honours degree of 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course 
  • first degree in Architecture from an overseas institution that can be demonstrated to be equivalent to a 2:1 or above from a RIBA Part I validated course 
  • An honours degree of 2:2 from a RIBA Part I validated course with evidence in your portfolio of significant development since you completed your degree 
  • Successful completion of the ARB Part I examination 
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application. 

 

In addition, we expect applicants to have completed work experience in an architectural practice or related discipline for at least 12 months prior to starting postgraduate study. 
 
If you have completed the BA(Hons) Architecture course at Falmouth with 2:1 or above, you can automatically progress to this course. 

 

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

What we're looking for

  • Creative, courageous and entrepreneurial thinkers 
  • Highly dedicated and committed students 
  • People who care passionately about the future of the built environment

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£9,250 per year – full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees) 

£16,950 per year - full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees)

£9,250 per year – full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.) 

£19,300 per year – full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

Typical course costs 

£450-600 – Recurring annual costs (materials and printing) 

£750 (approx) – Optional European/international study trip   

Personal laptop (if not already owned) – one off costs 

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs 

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

Funding

Funding from the Student Loans Company to study MArch is determined by a student’s previous study and circumstances. Please contact our Student Funding Team for more information and advice.

E: studentfunding@falmouth.ac.uk

 

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