Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)


2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

The School of Architecture is consistently ranked amongst the best in the UK and characteristically students rate their experience very highly particularly in respect of resource provision, quality of teaching and personal development.

Strong links with architectural practice in the Northwest and architectural practitioners are involved with teaching.

The course is jointly run by MMU and the University of Manchester. You will benefit from the considerable resources and expertise in teaching and research available in both institutions and receive an award from both institutions.

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will start with a series of small projects where you will accumulate knowledge about the body in space and the design of small enclosures for specific activities. These studio-based projects are supported by a skills programme where the essentials of drawing, modelling and software based representation are taught. History and theory is taught through lectures and seminars, and you will write reports and essays based on desktop studies and building visits. Technology learning involves the production of case studies and models to demonstrate an awareness of the materials and detailing of buildings.

Core Units
Humanities 1

This unit introduces students to the historical, social and cultural contexts for architectural design and develops skills in research, analysis academic writing and visual representation.

Studio 1.1

This unit establishes the principles and skills in research, analysis, argument and representation that support an understanding of architectural design.

Studio 1.2

This unit applies the developing knowledge and skill base to projects that begin to promote the integration of sensual, functional and technological considerations in architectural design in a contemporary cultural setting.

Technologies 1

This unit introduces students to the technological contexts for architectural design and develops skills in research, analysis technical design and visual representation.

Year 2

You will build upon your design knowledge through a series of interrelated projects that develop the context for architecture as a social and cultural act as well as one that is concerned with technology. History and theory courses can be chosen as you begin to define your own path as an architect. In technology, a specific focus on the ecological and environmental aspects of the profession forms a significant part of the course.

Core Units
Humanities 2

Humanities 2 places the focus on the wider physical, social and economic contexts for architecture and the professional practice of architecture. The course is delivered variously through lectures, seminars and workshops exploring analytical and descriptive frameworks

Studio 2.1

This unit consolidates design capability and introduces public and social programmes with associated issues of sustainability, inclusivity and greater complexity in building programme placing greater emphasis on relational abilities.

Studio 2.2

This unit consolidates design capability by extending the exploration of public and social programmes with associated issues of sustainability, inclusivity and complexity in building programme and technological manifestation.

Technologies 2

Technologies 2 explores contemporary issues in the built environment with a specific focus on sustainable passive and active environmental technologies.

Year 3

You will be guided to direct your own learning and, in an atelier-based system, define your own projects which are underpinned by the application of history and theory into your design studio activities. You will have a choice of history and theory courses and can select technology case studies from a given set. You will have more autonomy in Year 3 and therefore have more authority over your own work, which will give you confidence and assuredness as you prepare for the professional environment.

Core Units
Humanities 3

This unit develops knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural and professional contexts for architectural design and extends skills in research,analysis, academic writing and visual representation.

Studio 3.1

This unit introduces urbanism and develops the ability to apply techniques in analysis of and strategies for generic urban contexts as the basis for defining and developing a building programme and design proposition.

Studio 3.2

This unit develops ability in architectural design through the exploration of materials, structures, construction, and environmental modification integral with programmatic detail within a building design initiated in response to urban study.

Technologies 3

This unit develops knowledge and understanding of the environmental, material and technological contexts for architectural design and extends skills in research, analysis, synthesis and visual representation.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Project reviews, assignments and essays.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 60% independent study
  • Year 2 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 60% independent study
  • Year 3 40% lectures, seminars or similar; 60% independent study
  • Year 1 100% coursework
  • Year 2 100% coursework
  • Year 3 100% coursework

Additional Information About this Course

Students of the BA (Hons) in Architecture must pass every element of every unit of study with a minimum mark of 40 to be in receipt of an exit award at any level. Compensation cannot be applied. Graduation with honours leads to exemption from the RIBA Part 1 examination, the first in 3 parts leading to

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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will ask for a portfolio of your work as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

Grades AAA. A mixture of science/maths and humanities/arts subjects is preferred, but not essential. Art or Fine Art A-levels are particularly welcomed; however please note applicants with three arts-based subjects (for example Art, Graphics and 3D Design, or Art, Photography and Design and Technology), or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements.

General Studies is not accepted.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3 awarded at distinction level.

International Baccalaureate points

37 with three subjects at higher level 6 or above

IELTS score required for international students

6.5, with writing 6.5 and no components below 6

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Applicants will have to demonstrate their creative and visual awareness by the submission of a digital portfolio (via a blog) on request. We also consider other factors, such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates go on to work as architects for leading architectural and design practices in leading roles within the wider construction industry or in aligned creative design disciplines.

Alternatively, excellent opportunities exist for you to undertake research for further postgraduate degrees.



In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Unistats Information

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

Find out more about Unistats and the Key Information Set.

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.

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