MArch Master of Architecture

You will have access to industry-standard facilities, giving you the opportunity to study and research across a wide range of disciplines and styles.

The Course

This vocational programme offers flexibility to tailor your learning within a framework that satisfies the requirements of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

This course encourages critical reflection on personal aims, achievements and design philosophy within a framework of structured theoretical debate and individual research. There is an emphasis on developing professional skills through individual study, group work and studio activities.

Students may utilise laboratories and workshops to employ traditional model-making techniques, as well as digital fabrication technologies. After successful completion of the programme, you may choose to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 3) as a pathway to becoming a registered architect.

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.

This programme utilises a range of teaching methods, which can include project-based learning, seminars and group work.

Level One

  • Introductory Design Project
  • Design Project A: Cities
  • Design Project B: Building
  • Research: Methods and Project

At Level One, research and design are tackled in parallel, and you can choose your research and design topics from a range of studios with varied and distinct agendas and specialism.

Level Two

  • Critical Theory
  • Comprehensive Design: Concept
  • Comprehensive Design: Brief and Context
  • Comprehensive Design: Project
  • Technical Appraisal
  • Professional Practice

Level Two deals with aspects of professional practice and the production of a final comprehensive design project, integrating aspects of technology, sustainability, research and cultural awareness in the design process.

Contact Time

Students on this programme should expect 16 hours per week of contact time.

Comprehensive Design: Brief and Context (Core)
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Comprehensive Design: Brief and Context (Core)

This 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.

Comprehensive Design: Concept (Core)
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Comprehensive Design: Concept (Core)

This 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.

Comprehensive Design: Project (Core)
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Comprehensive Design: Project (Core)

This 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.

Critical Theory (Core)
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Critical Theory (Core)

This module gives students 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.

A series of lectures and seminars explore the function and use of theory in architectural and design investigations. Through selected readings, lectures and seminar discussions, a variety of social and cultural perspectives will be considered.

Students are expected to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing theories, their potential for their own work performed in design and research studios, and their application through the work of others.

Design Project A: Cities + (Core)
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Design Project A: Cities + (Core)

In 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.

Design Project B: Building (Core)
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Design Project B: Building (Core)

This 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.

Introductory Design Project (Core)
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Introductory Design Project (Core)

This 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.

Professional Practice (Core)
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Professional Practice (Core)

This 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.

Research: Methods and Project (Core)
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Research: Methods and Project (Core)

This 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.

Technical Appraisal (Core)
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Technical Appraisal (Core)

This 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.

† 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.

Formative assessment is continuous throughout the course. It includes defined interim submissions along with end of module assessment and feedback. Summative assessment takes place at the end of the year.

Level One

During this stage the Research: Methods and Project module is assessed via written submissions. The Design modules are usually assessed by means of exhibition of work and a verbal presentation or the submission of a design portfolio.

Level Two

At this stage the Critical Theory and Professional Practice modules are usually assessed through written submissions and the Comprehensive Design and Technical Appraisal modules are usually examined through an exhibition of project work and verbal presentation.

Assessment Feedback

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

Students who have previously studied at the University of Lincoln and achieved a 2.1 grade or above do not need to submit a portfolio and will most likely be offered an automatic place on the MArch.

All other students (regardless of grades) will need to submit a portfolio for review (PDF or online) and/or attend an interview.

Portfolios should demonstrate a range of practical skills, such as pencil drawing techniques, computer-aided design drawing, photography, model making, perspective drawing or technical drawing. The portfolio should include final level degree work showing the full development of projects, including the brief, site analysis, research or precedent studies, conceptual development, design resolution, plans, elevations and sections. If you include professional projects please indicate your contribution to each scheme. Please contact us for further information.

Workshops and Demonstrations

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 in the representation of your work.

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.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £9,250 per year
Home/EU (including Alumni Master of Architecture £1000 reduction) £8,250 per year
International £15,900 per year
 Part-time Home/EU £77 per credit point
 Part-time International £133 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

The University tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Lincoln Alumni Master of Architecture Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Home/EU students holding a University of Lincoln degree when enrolling on the Master of Architecture programme (MArch).

£1000 will be paid directly to the student for each year of study for each completed academic year of study, with part-time students eligible for a pro-rata payment.


You will have previously completed an Undergraduate Degree (or equivalent qualification that leads to postgraduate study), Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma at the University of Lincoln, confirmed by a University of Lincoln Board of Examiners.

You will have a student status of Home or EU

You are subject to tuition fees of £9,250 per year (pro-rata for part-time studies)

You will be enrolled on the University’s Student Management System on the Master of Architecture programme (MArch)

All tuition fees and payments due to the University in relation to any previous study have been paid in full.

Please contact for further details.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, 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. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject and preferably experience in practice.

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.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Doina Carter

Doina Carter

Programme Leader

Doina's research interests include architectural theory, architectural pedagogy, image production and consumption in architecture, the image in architectural pedagogy, and internationalisation.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

After successful completion of the programme, you 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.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Lincoln’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment is located in an award-winning building. Teaching takes place in bespoke studios, information technology suites, and workshops, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources including rapid prototyping and laser-cutting equipment.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

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.