A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.
1 year full-time (48 weeks) · 2 years part-time (96 weeks)
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,460 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £4,230 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £14,400 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £7,200 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Manchester School of Architecture, All Saints Campus ·
Features and benefits of the course
- This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU).
- This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications.
About the course
Through this course you will begin to engage directly with a chosen research subject area, gather data and formulate an original approach in your practice. You will synthesise your project culminating in the production of a leading-edge proposition until you present and contextualise your thesis. This internationally based course actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publication.
This course can be considered as partially meeting the requirements for recognition at Part 2 level (RIBA/ARB) through APEL provisions applied to individual graduates. The course is jointly accredited with the University of Manchester.
Typical units of study may include
Cities and Urbanism : Ideologies and Futures
A lecture series that explores urban space in its historical context that supports student led seminars that idealise the city.
In this unit you will disseminate the results of your research in the form of an extended piece of academic writing.
Research Methodologies and Events
This unit is a general introduction to research methods aimed particularly at students with a design background. The course centres around a research by design methodology, this is a problem-centred ethos which puts design as the central activity in architectural research. It places emphasis on the importance of debate in the development of research.
The studios are informal interdisciplinary groupings of students with similar or complimentary research interests, they are led by a tutor with interests and expertise in the area, who typically becomes your academic supervisor and personal tutor.
Studio A is where you begin to engage directly with their chosen research subject area/ proposition within the core studio themes.
Studio B is where you engage directly with your chosen specialism within the studio themes. The aim of the second practice unit is to develop further their own research proposition by completing the literature survey, gathering data and beginning to formulate an approach that demonstrates originality in thinking and/or practice.
Studio C is the final unit where you engage directly with your chosen specialism.The aim of third practice unit is to synthesise, present and contextualise your thesis project. Here the work culminates in the production of a leading-edge proposition in urbanism. Alternatively Studio C forms the first part of a dissertation (totalling 60 credits) completed in the Dissertation unit with a composite 15,000 word count.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Self, peer and tutor-based assessment methods.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.msa.ac.uk/staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester School of Architecture
Consistently ranked as one of the best schools of Architecture in the UK, the Manchester School of Architecture offers its students a unique opportunity as they are able to draw on the expertise and resources of two well respected institutions.
An innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester, students of the School will receive a degree from both universities and get use of facilities and resources at both institutions, such as libraries, computer suites, making and media workshops and much more.
The School offers a range of professionally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and during its time MSA has gained a reputation for the variety, vitality and quality of the work and achievements of its students. This is not only reflected in appraisals by the professional institutions, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA), but also by the number and variety of prizes gained externally.
Specialist, research active staff provide a rich and stimulating environment at MSA. Many of them are or have practiced as architects and have strong links with the architecture community in Manchester and beyond.
Architectural research at the MSA is intrinsically interdisciplinary and broadly conceived, encompassing areas as diverse as urban design, urban development, ecological and landscape design and the conservation and management of historic environments. This research is carried out mainly within the recently established Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC). The centre draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary research and teaching interests within the School of Environment, Education and Development, the Faculty of Humanities of The University of Manchester and the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. The opportunities for collaborative architectural research across the two universities are unparalleled and research bids in a variety of disciplines are strengthened by the involvement of strong architectural researchers.
Both our postgraduate research and postgraduate taught programmes draw inspiration from our research activity and you are encouraged to actively take part in the research culture of the school.
Why Choose Manchester
Manchester is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates.
Architecture students are perfectly positioned to take advantage of Manchester’s inspirational architecture and strong cultural scene, with the School being located only ten minutes’ walk from the City centre. Within recent years many cultural and creative agencies have chosen Manchester and Greater Manchester as their base, and in addition there are numerous architectural practices in the centre. The School is well connected to many of these, providing excellent collaborative opportunities for students and staff.
A city of innovation, Manchester continues to lead the way in culture, music and sport.
For culture, Manchester hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the biennial International Festival, which is acclaimed for introducing original work to a global audience with the 5th festival running in 2017. The art scene is also thriving with a brand new theatre/cinema/exhibition space opening at HOME, the award winning Whitworth Art gallery bringing world renowned artists to the city and new gallery spaces opening regularly.
A world-renowned music scene, Manchester is also responsible for introducing the world to the, now legendary, music of The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Joy Division to name a few, and emerging new talents playing across the city every night of the week.
The City can also lay claim to its fair share of sporting accolades. Home to two the biggest football teams in the world, Manchester also boasts world-class sporting facilities including the national cycling centre, home of Team GB, and the Manchester Aquatics Centre, built for the Commonwealth Games 2002 and was the training pool for the British Paralympics swimming team.
With such strong credentials and as one of Europe's most extensive higher education centres, Manchester is undoubtedly a popular choice for students. It has a unique identity and a diverse population, attracting students from around the globe, each adding to the sense of a place where anything is possible.
Typical entry requirements
You will normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related field. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you have proven experience in a relevant field.
Students are required to provide a portfolio (digital or hard copy) as part of the application process.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.
Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.
Career options after the course
Graduates have gone on to work with leading architectural, urbanism and town planning practices both nationally and internationally. An increasing number of graduates enrol on further research degrees at doctoral level.
Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
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