Architectural education at the Manchester School of Architecture consists of five years of full-time study: a three-year BA (Hons) in Architecture followed by the two-year Master of Architecture (MArch). Our courses are accredited and reviewed by the RIBA and the ARB and we have extremely close ties with the RIBA North West regional office for the delivery of professional studies.
Following the BA (Hons) you normally undertake a year of professional architectural practice experience prior to entering the MArch programme. Our graduates work in leading architectural and design offices, or undertake further postgraduate research supported by the excellent opportunities that exist within the school and amongst the external partners with whom we work. We have a strong and growing network of alumni and professionals in the construction sector and our graduates have excellent prospects for employment.
Each year consists of design studio and attendant courses in the history, theory, technology and practice of architecture. All of the credit units are assessed by coursework there are no examinations. The challenges of the taught programme increase in scale and complexity as you move through each year.
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 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
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.
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.
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.
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. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.
Confirmation of Regulator
The Office for Students is the principal regulator for the University. For further information about their role please visit the Office for Students website. You can find out more about our courses including our approach to timetabling, course structures and assessment and feedback on our website.