University of Bath March
MArch (RIBA part 2)
The application process for 2017 entry is now open
The MArch at Bath provides a supportive academic environment which encourages each student to explore and develop their own architectural identity within a professionally focused course.
The course has a unique structure. The first semester is an integrated placement, which may be an extension of a student’s year in practice. This is followed by three semesters of academic study (a year and a half) leading to a fully prescribed and accredited ARB/RIBA Part 2 professional qualification as an architect.
This course is not suitable for students wishing to study on a part-time basis, including those in parallel employment within an architectural practice.
The MArch provides for the development of sophisticated analytical and reflective design skills combined with accruing knowledge required as a practising architect. This process is nurtured and encouraged through specialist tutorial support from within and without the architectural field, as well as by lecture courses in the fields of architectural history, theory and science.
Students will have sole use of an individually dedicated work space in one of the studios in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. The studios have 24 hour access, 365 days a year, and are supported by fully equipped workshops, CAD labs, printing and library facilities. The building itself was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson in the 1980s.
The placement advantage for overseas students
Bath offers the only accredited architecture course which includes a semester-long integrated placement. For those students wishing to complete work experience in the UK as well as their degree, the Master of Architecture gives the opportunity for overseas students to undertake a period of employment on a Tier 4 visa with the University of Bath acting as the student’s sponsor.
For typical two-year architecture courses in the UK, students wishing to gain work experience in the UK will have to obtain a new visa. In the majority of cases this will need to be a Tier 2 visa. This is subject to conditions, such as salary thresholds and employer sponsorship, and not always obtainable. The structure of the Architecture course at Bath allows our overseas students to work and study in the UK under a single Tier 4 visa. For details please contact International Student Advice
The programme begins with a week-long introduction to the school, a professional studies (PML) course, as well as an intense studio workshop. These events are run during the last week of the September preceding the commencement of semester 1. Attendance for this week is mandatory and students then work in placement for the remainder of semester 1. This placement is a supervised period in an architect’s office in which you work as normal, but also carry out a reflective study of your period there. Our Professional Studies Advisor can advise you of possible workplaces if you cannot / have not found one for yourself. This period of study attracts only 20% of the full fee for a semester.
The emphasis in semester 2 is an exploration into the design process together with an analysis and critique of the discipline of architecture itself and the changing role of the architect.
Design Studio projects tend to be short, in order to emphasise process rather than product, and to encourage a diversity of ideas and approaches that might augment the methods that students are already versed in or employ as a default methodology. First hand observation, engagement , recording and assessment, underscore the studio. The Design Studio includes work in – and more particularly combinations of – hand-drawing, conceptualization sketches, diagramming and model-making, and at times film-making
Studio work is supported by two lectures courses in history and theory as well as sustainability. These courses in tandem with experience gained in practice foster the development of agendas for, and possible modes of practice of, architecture. As part of the exploratory character of MArch 1, there is a field trip and workshop, typically undertaken with students from our partner universities in Europe (and possibly in Helsinki).