University of Bath March

University of Bath March

University of Bath

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.

Learning outcomes

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