MArch: Sustainable Architecture Part II (MArch)

Centre for Alternative Technology the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 12000 per total

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 12000 per total

All study options

About MArch: Sustainable Architecture Part II at Centre for Alternative Technology

A Masters in Architecture taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), the pioneer of sustainability practice. It replaces the ARB Part II validated course, the Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, which has been running successfully since 2008.

This course is delivered at CAT's Graduate School of the Environment based in the award-winning Wales Institute for Sustainable Education (WISE), designed by Pat Borer and David Lea who regularly guest lecture on the Architecture Masters. Surrounded by mountains and woodlands, this location fosters a unique learning experience in a truly sustainable environment.

CAT's 40 years of experience in sustainability education has led to the development of courses that not only tackle environmental issues, but focus on sustainability at the core of every aspect of learning.

Course aims

MArch: Sustainable Architecture is aimed at the architecture student who understands that the world is in a time of transition and that building design plays an important role in environmental impact. Therefore there is great potential within the profession for environmental change, and this is pivotal to the entire sustainability debate.

  • Aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in architecture and wish to attain a highly credited Part II degree.
  • Graduates of this course will understand built environment design in the context of adaptation to sustainability issues.
  • Monthly intensive residential study weeks immerse students in their projects.
  • Collaboration with external designers, architects and community projects adds real-world practical experience to students' resumes.
  • The 22-month course allows graduates to respond to the urgent need for a greater understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment.

The programme content

The MArch: Sustainable Architecture programme offers a unique blend of design and academic study together with practical experience. Students are equipped with the knowledge and vocational skills that are becoming increasingly important in the architectural profession.

The following modules are delivered via a lively mixture of practical workshops, studio-based design work, site visits, seminars and lectures:

  • Integrated Design Project 1
  • Integrated Design Project 2
  • Design & Build Project
  • Final Design Project
  • Technical Report
  • Architectural Analysis Through Writing 1
  • Architectural Analysis Through Writing 2
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Studies

See course structure for more information.

Students are continuously assessed via essays, reports, presentations and project design work.

There is a final exhibition of students' designs exhibited in the prestigious WISE building and assessed by external examiners.

MArch: Sustainable Architecture updates CAT's existing Part II validated course, the Professional Diploma in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies, which has been running successfully since 2008.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMArchHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 12000 per totalInternational course feesGBP 12000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

UK and EEA students:

Monthly tuition fees payable in advance totalling £12,000 for the two year course.

This breaks down as £6,960 payable in the first year and £5,040 in the second.

See Fees Terms & Conditions for full details.

Entry requirements

  • Exemption from ARB/RIBA part 1 or relevant undergraduate degree
  • Presentation of a portfolio of work

For acceptance onto the programme students do not need to have exemption from ARB Part 1, however to register as an Architect on the ARB's register Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are required.

International students should note that we do not have a Tier 4 Sponsor licence. Therefore we are unfortunately not able to accept International students who require student visas to study on this course. Please take a look at our range of MSc courses, which are available to International students via distance learning. A mixture of residential and distance learning is possible on all MSc courses if you are eligible for a six-month student visa - for more information on eligibility, please visit

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