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The award
MArch

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Architecture at Queen's University Belfast

An exciting, creative Master's degree with accreditation from the ARB and RIBA, for students with a first degree in architecture who wish to progress their studies to final qualification as a practising architect.

COURSE CONTENT
Your focus will be to investigate the relationships between critical practice, design and research in the making of architectural proposals. The work produced throughout this two year Master's is a collaborative effort between you, our academics and practicing architects.

Our studio is divided up into five thematic studio groups, each led by a pair of tutors. Each of the groups also feature an external 'consultant' who will contribute to teaching throughout the year.

This course encourages lateral thinking, problem solving, creativity and engagement with issues in a self-critical process. But it is also broad in its engagement. It will address issues as diverse as our survival on the planet and local engagement with culture and craft - the making of anything from an entire city to a door handle.

WHAT WILL EXCITE YOU?
You'll be engaging with real projects and real clients locally, and embarking on worldwide field trips - plus our Erasmus scheme gives you the chance to study at a European university. Our students have gone to places such as Munich, Barcelona, Istanbul and Croatia.

THE ENVIRONMENT
You will be based in Belfast, a compelling city for exploring socially engaged urbanism.

You'll enjoy a healthy staff to student ratio, good studios, where you'll each have your own space, excellent workshops and technicians.

Architecture highlights

Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Professional Accreditations

  • - Architects' Registration Board (ARB) recognised Part 2 degree- Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recognised Part 2 degree

Student Experience

  • The programme is an active participant in Erasmus with links to established schools of architecture in Europe. MArch I includes a compulsory, self-funded field-trip, usually to a mainland European city.

 

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI)£5,500England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£5,500Other (non-UK) EU£5,500International£19,600

MArch (PGT) 

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Architecture costs

Students are responsible for additional costs for books, materials and software for drawing/model making and printing (including final portfolio). The amount for materials, equipment and printing will vary depending on how students decide to represent their work, but a budget of £1,850 for the two year course is appropriate. In Year 1 students are required to undertake a compulsory field trip to a European city. They are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs and should budget for approximately £500.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
Applicants whose primary degree was awarded in the UK:

1.Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture from an approved RIBA/ARB Part 1 course in a recognised institution. Applicants with a degree in Architecture below 2.1 Honours standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2.Normally an assessment of 60% or above in the final year major design project of their approved RIBA/ARB Part 1 course.

3.A demonstration of a critical awareness of the applicant's position relative to the profession and discipline of architecture. Such demonstration is typically (but not exclusively) achieved through experience in architectural practice in accordance with RIBA/ARB regulations for practical training.

4.Applicants will be asked to submit an architectural design portfolio to support their application and may also be invited for interview.

Application Portfolio Requirement

As part of the application process you are required to upload a single pdf portfolio of your best architectural design (personal, non-group) work to date. The pdf should be no more than 5MB and no more than 15 pages long. The purpose of the portfolio submission is to:

1.Identify indicators of commitment, excellence and achievement within the applicant's academic or professional portfolio of experience.

2.Evaluate the applicant's critical awareness of the discipline and profession of architecture.

Applicants whose Primary Degree was awarded outside the UK:

1.A recognised qualification equivalent to a 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture. Applicants with a degree in Architecture below 2.1 Honours standard (or equivalent) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2.Normally an assessment equivalent to 60% or above in their (first degree) final year major design project.

3.A demonstration of a critical awareness of the applicant's position relative to the profession and discipline of architecture. Such demonstration is typically in the form of a personal statement.

4.International applicants will be asked to submit an architectural design portfolio to support their application and may also be invited for interview.

5.International applicants should note that if they wish to undertake Part 3 (to lead to ARB registration as an architect and as an RIBA chartered architect) they must be successful in an application to ARB for their first architecture degree to be assessed by ARB as satisfying Part 1.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required*taken within the last 2 years

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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