Manchester Metropolitan University


Architecture and Urbanism

2017 entry

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

Year 1

Core Units
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.

Studio A

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

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

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.

Programme Review

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.

Assessment details

Self, peer and tutor-based assessment methods.

Teaching Staff

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:

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.

Apply online now

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.

Important Notice

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.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.