Master of Architecture

Key Information


2 years


3-5 years

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Course Overview

The Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment's Master of Architecture (MArch) provides you with the opportunity to consolidate your formative education and experiences in practice, challenging you to question your preconception of the discipline, and encouraging you to engage not just with the contemporary challenges facing the practice of architecture, but to engage speculatively and critically with the future of discipline.

The aim of this two-year Master's programme is to create a collaborative environment where students can access and can draw from multiple perspectives and architectural agendas, in order to synthesize their own approach and philosophy, allowing them to speculate meaningfully on future architectures and practices, through the delivery of practice design rich, practice-based experimentation and enquiry.

The course carries validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the curriculum is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as satisfying the Part 2 Criteria.

Why Choose Lincoln

Opportunities to apply theory in workshops

Accredited course

Chances to visit projects, exhibitions, debates, or cultural events

Specialist facilities

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How You Study

Postgraduate-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in studio sessions, lectures, and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least three hours in independent study.

Full-time students are expected to dedicate 40 hours per week to the course. Part-time commitments will vary depending on the number of credits taken. For more detailed information, please contact the Programme Leader.

Accreditations and Memberships

This Master's of Architecture meets all the criteria for validation held in common by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for validation and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for the prescription at Part 2. It meets all points of the European Union Directive (EC2005/36) and is accredited by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Architectural Research Process 2024-25ARC9008MLevel 72024-25This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of basic design-research processes, research ethics, and a critical framework for the foundation of design-research questions and strategies. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the social and cultural context of architecture, view their own design and design-related research in a theoretical context, and explore and question the relationship between social and cultural theories and architectural projects and architects’ research.CoreBuilding Design Project 2024-25ARC9007MLevel 72024-25This module is designed to address issues raised during Design Project A and develops them at building scale. Typically, this results in a complex proposal for a single or series of buildings drawing upon the systemic and conceptual work undertaken at larger scale during Design Project A.CoreCities Plus 2024-25ARC9101MLevel 72024-25In this module, students are required to think large scale and holistically, to demonstrate the capacity to have a systemic understanding of their project parameters, scale and the intention of their urban investigations. Within these project parameters students are expected to set out and explore a technological and environmental position including techniques and materials which impacts upon and form part of their of their design project. Projects developed within studio groups typically identify boundary conditions of an architectural project, addressing urban / regional, national and global issues through design. This includes issues of sustainability (cultural and physical), historic and social, as well as physical cause and effect relationships shaping the world, and dynamic properties of societies shaping cities and landscape. Individual or groups of students are required to explore these issues through design, resulting in a strategy for intervention which informs a physical and conceptual master plan and generic design brief. This may form the basis for development at building scale during Project B.CoreComprehensive Design: Brief and Context 2024-25ARC9013MLevel 72024-25This module aims to establish the theoretical and physical context for the final thesis design, the cultural, social and economic boundary conditions and analyses design parameters. This is designed to enable students to develop a detailed design brief of adequate complexity and ambition for the Comprehensive Design Project.CoreComprehensive Design: Concept 2024-25ARC9014MLevel 72024-25This module constitutes the concept stage of the final thesis design project and aims to develop a design concept for Comprehensive Design Project, through experimentation and explorative design enquiry. In parallel with its related technology module Technical Awareness, it seeks to establish the ambition, frame of reference and theoretical area of investigation for the final thesis design. Students have the opportunity to experiment with methodologies and formulate a personal agenda and strategy for a year-long project. Material aspects of design and construction are addressed on a conceptual and experimental level and placed in an individual philosophical context, with emphasis on exploitation of synergies within the group through the exchange of ideas and design skills.CoreComprehensive Design: Project 2024-25ARC9011MLevel 72024-25This module aims to build upon site and concept investigations performed during design modules Comprehensive Design: Brief and Context and Comprehensive Design: Concept. It looks to address technological issues as identified in Technical Awareness, and forms the basis for Technical Appraisal. In combination, these modules form a year-long final thesis project, which forms the culmination of design teaching.CoreIntroductory Design Project 2024-25ARC9100MLevel 72024-25This module aims to introduce students to postgraduate level study and its intellectual and creative requirements, looks to re-familiarises them with project-based learning in a studio context, and challenges their perceptions of design theory and practice. Creative exploration of ideas, formulation of individual philosophical and cultural points of reference, and a willingness to critically appraise their own and their peers’ work and working methods encountered during previous study and time spent in practice, are core requirements for successful negotiation of the course. Experimentation, by means of an iterative and integrated design process, can enable students to make, and communicate visually, connections between design and a philosophical and theoretical framework, and focus general interest towards clear study goals and objectives.CoreProfessional Practice 2024-25ARC9125MLevel 72024-25This module consists of two elements: Professional Practice (Written Examination and Written Assignment) and Personal Development Plan. The principal aims of the Professional Practice elements are that students will have the opportunity to: - Develop a critical understanding of the standards and expectation of professional practice - Appreciate the complexities of operating a practice - Be able to evaluate alternative procedures and practices involved in running a project - Be able to satisfy client demands through effective communication at all stages The Personal Development Plan is fundamental in providing coherence and rationale to students' programme of study. The emphasis is on the personal monitoring of development through being critically aware of past achievements and future aims. Students have the chance to organise their own programme of study based on their own appraisal of personal and academic objectives and personal strengths.CoreResearch: Methods and Project 2024-25ARC9009MLevel 72024-25This module constitutes the main research component of the programme and is taught in the context of parallel research studio groups, along within defined fields of research and following group and project specific research methodologies. The module incorporates two distinct parts: - Research Methods, which aims to introduce the strands of research on offer by the research studios, outlines appropriate methodologies for the chosen subjects of study and their theoretical basis, and guides students towards informed choices between research studio groups. - Research Project, during which a research studio tutor directs the group towards establishing the area of group enquiry and points it at related research. They advise students on extending their reading in a chosen direction, and guide students through a research process towards, initially, formulation of a structured research proposal and programme informed by individual research interest. Subsequently substantial individual research should be evidenced through written and verbal presentation.CoreTechnical Appraisal 2024-25ARC9127MLevel 72024-25This module constitutes the technology component of the Comprehensive Design Project. It is designed to enable students to identify the technical requirements of their building projects, critically analyse and choose from a range of technologies, and develop an integrated technical resolution of their projects. Expanding upon Technical Awareness, the module re-visits ambitions and pre-design research and evaluates their suitability for their building design.CoreTechnical Specialism 2024-25ARC9222MLevel 72024-25Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.


There are extensive model-making workshops throughout the course, offering you the opportunity of making both full-size and scale developmental and presentational models using traditional workshop techniques, as well as digital fabrication facilities. This is complemented by a wide range of computer programmes and access to video and photography facilities for exploring spatial qualities and advancing technical competence.

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Study Visits

Study visits are organised by the studios and may include project site visits, excursions to exhibitions, lectures, debates, cultural events, or meetings with professionals. At least one visit is organised each year within the School which is open to all courses and stages.

In recent years, groups have travelled around the UK, to Cambridge and Edinburgh, to European destinations including Brussels, Venice, Barcelona, and Paris, as well as further afield to India and Sri Lanka. In one study trip, students spent a week in Poland studying urban housing problems alongside a group from the Wroclaw University of Technology.

Please see the Fees tab for more information on the potential additional costs associated which these trips.

How you are assessed

Formative assessment occurs constantly throughout the programme by means of studio discussion, draft written assignments, and reviews.

Summative assessment is via final presentation project supported by written project documentation (the type of presentation and nature of the written documentation varies via module).

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Award-winning Students

Students on the MArch have a successful track record of winning and being shortlisted in industry competitions and award schemes. Below are some of our most recent award-winning students with links to find out more. 

Billie Chell – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2021

Macaulay Curt – RIBA East Midlands Student Award 2020

Adam Smith – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2020

Sree Ramchander – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2019

Samuel Winton  – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2019

Mark Hutchings - 3D Reid 2019 

Adam Griffiths  – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2018 

Daniel Elkington  – RIBA Silver Medal Nominee 2018

The University of Lincoln gave me the opportunity to engage in advanced study in architectural design and research. This helped me to develop competence to become inter-culturally and internationally proficient. Most of my research and projects were on how to develop and improve communities. I am now happily putting them into practice.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have attained a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) in Architecture (or equivalent subject) from a RIBA/ARB approved programme.

You should have RIBA Part 1, or have completed a Recognised Programme*. Students who do not hold a Part 1 are responsible for gaining this qualification (Part 1) prior to applying to the MArch programme.

*If you are unsure if your undergraduate degree is recognised please consult the RIBA International Validated Schools list;

Applicants will usually have one year's (post-degree) professional experience, evidenced as part of their application.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be specific clothing, materials, or equipment required.

The University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. If you prefer to purchase some of these for yourself, you will be responsible for this cost.

IT Equipment
You may want to have your own laptop, and we recommend either a MAC or PC that is able to run CAD/Photoshop software.

Many students prefer to work using analogue processes and through physical model making. Students may also wish to print final drawings for exhibition purposes. We suggest that students budget approximately £300 per year in order to cover printing, paper, and model making materials.

There may be opportunities for gallery and site visits. Students should budget approximately £40 per academic year, for trips of this nature.

International field trips may also be available. It is suggested that students budget an additional cost of £400 per field trip.

Field trips and visits are not mandatory, if you choose to not participate in them it will not affect your grades or the final outcome of your degree classification.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

After successful completion of the programme, students may choose to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3) to pursue becoming a registered architect.

Why Postgraduate Study?

Academic Contact

If you have any questions about this course, please contact the Programme Leader:

Peter Baldwin

Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.