MArch International Architecture

The course aims to attract a cohort of students from around the world and seeks to give you the opportunity to build your own global network of collaborators.

The Course

The Master of Architecture (International Practice) recognises the global and interdisciplinary nature of design practice in the built environment. It is designed for professionals with ambitions to lead in global design practice. In teaching, learning and assessment, the emphasis is on interdisciplinary teamwork and project-based design in the built environment.

There is scope for students to design the Master's Design Project to suit their aspirations in academic research or design practice in the built environment. The programme involves global design practices in collaboration with participants, and aims to produce employable leaders in Architecture and allied disciplines in a global context.

The programme is aimed at architects and allied built environment professionals who are ambitious to take a leading role in architectural practice. They might want to grow their own practice or move into one of the big global practices.

The programme is focused on:

  • Communicating effectively in interdisciplinary global working environments
  • Building a global network
  • Managing big, complex practices and projects
  • Designing sustainable buildings in a range of contexts from community self-builds to international airports.

The main aim of the programme is to give students opportunities to undertake design projects, collaborating with a cohort of students from around the world and the UK in an intensive, one year, full-time format.

The Master of Architecture (International Practice) is designed to prepare graduates to enter these new, collaborative work environments by providing the opportunity to develop new cross-cultural skills, attitudes and competencies and providing learning that is transferable in multiple contexts.

The programme aims to expand and transform students’ perspectives, helping them research and apply sustainable design and construction methods and techniques for managing diverse projects and teams in the context of global architectural and engineering practice. The programme is designed to provide a flexible and responsive learning environment that aims to prepare and equip graduates for growing environmental and social challenges, respects the diversity of the students’ own values and beliefs and looks to foster an outlook that is interdisciplinary, intercultural, innovative and inclusive.

The course is divided into three levels - the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and the Master's Thesis. Each level is worth 60 CATS points of study and generally corresponds to a semester of full-time study.

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to offer a balanced programme of study with opportunities for theoretical investigation, project development and independent research fully integrated throughout the programme.

The approach to teaching and learning is based on evaluating the skills, knowledge and interests that students bring with them to the course and constructing a variety of learning experiences that respond to each student’s individual needs and requirements. Above all, the teaching team acknowledges and values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students who come from all over the world. We aim to build on this diversity whilst encouraging students to expand their horizons and to develop advanced skills and knowledge in architecture.

Students are encouraged to adapt the programme of learning in the design studio to reflect their own interests, exploring design problems in projects that are negotiated with programme tutors.

Advanced Design Project (Core)
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Advanced Design Project (Core)

The advanced design project is a vehicle for in-depth investigation of spatial, aesthetic, sustainable, ecological, social, cultural, professional and methodological issues relating to architectural practice in a global context. The module focuses upon the application of research and design principles in the real world, ensuring, wherever possible, that you are engaged with real clients and problems in the built environment.

The module discusses the relationship between architecture, industry, community and other stakeholders and professional practice. You are expected to apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in theoretical investigation to the resolution of an advanced design project.

Context of Sustainability (Core)
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Context of Sustainability (Core)

This module provides an overview of sustainability in the built environment and contemporary sustainable design. The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the development and articulation of technological and practical strategies for design. Throughout the module a range of cultural and intellectual factors- social, political, economic, technical, ecological and aesthetic- that shape the environment are emphasised. The module is designed to foster an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable architecture and environmental design.

Design Research Project (Core)
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Design Research Project (Core)

This module presents an opportunity for applying principles of design research and considering theoretical and practical issues relating to multidisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge and practice. The aim is to foster in students from different cultural backgrounds and specialist disciplines, awareness of and respect for the diversity and the interdependencies of their practice. You are expected to demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge in planning, implementing, documenting and presenting a group or individual design project.

Global Practice and Management (Core)
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Global Practice and Management (Core)

This module aims to provide you with an insight into Professional Practice and Management in a global context. You will have the opportunity to develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the complexities of running a professional practice and managing projects. The module aims to ensure that you are equipped to apply effective and efficient processes and procedures in a range of situations they may encounter in global practice.

Life Cycle Analysis (Core)
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Life Cycle Analysis (Core)

This module aims to introduce you to issues related to energy distribution and environmental impacts of a building during its lifespan. It is set in the context of global climate change and changing global design and construction practice. Using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), you will be required to assess impacts associated with construction, operation, maintenance and deconstruction of buildings. The module also introduces the mechanisms used to maximise potential for carbon reduction in the built environment.

Masters Design Project (Core)
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Masters Design Project (Core)

This module provides an opportunity for you to engage critically and collaboratively with current debates in the challenging cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary context of global architectural practice. You are expected to apply a wide range of skills and knowledge in planning, implementing, documenting and presenting a group or individually negotiated project. Particular emphasis lies on the systematic integration of a consistent philosophical and theoretical position, thorough understanding of context, construction knowledge and design ability towards a detailed architectural response to a complex, ambitious and self-generated brief.

You are expected to demonstrate maturity and imagination in the way projects are directed and developed in response to unpredictable conditions and incomplete information. You are also required to synthesise spatial, aesthetic, technical, professional, sustainable, ecological, cultural and social qualities in the resolution of an architectural design problem and to communicate the outcomes to different audiences using appropriate techniques for visual communication and documentation.

Research Methods (Core)
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Research Methods (Core)

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of research processes, research ethics and a critical framework for the formulation of research problems and strategies.

The module provides an overview of critical paradigms that may be used to underpin research efforts leading to either written or design outcomes. Through selected readings, lectures and seminar discussions a variety of social and cultural theoretical perspectives and their associated research methods are considered. The module aims to introduce you to scientific research methods including a range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques, as well as the possibilities of mixed methodologies.

You will be encouraged to acknowledge the “value-laden” nature of scholarship in your field and to adopt and articulate a critical stance in your own research activity. You are also encouraged to consider philosophical and ethical underpinnings of global architectural practice.
The content of the module may be tailored to your own individual needs through seminars and tutorials.

Strategic Management and Leadership (Core)
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Strategic Management and Leadership (Core)

This module is designed to encourage you to think strategically about the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of organisations. The first part of the module introduces the concepts of organisational behaviour and psychology in the context of accomplishing tasks and projects in architectural and other creative organisations that operate globally. An understanding of what motivates people and how people behave and collaborate in groups is important for the ability to manage and lead people in organisational settings where both creativity and goal-oriented behaviour is desirable.

The second part of the module invites you to use a variety of concepts and frameworks in strategic management to analyse the ‘outside’ of organisations and how organisations can leverage their resources and capabilities to operate successfully in a turbulent international environment. An appreciation of market dynamics and strategic positioning beyond the domestic level is essential for understanding the development of organisations that are successful in competitive settings.

† 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.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways; through verbal presentations, written submissions and through the exhibition of design project work and the development of a portfolio of individual and collaborative design project work.

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.

When applying for this course you will be required to submit a digital portfolio and a personal statement.

The portfolio (submitted digitally) 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. This should also include professional projects, indicating your contribution to each.

The personal statement should tell us about your architectural interests and ambitions and your aims for personal and professional development. It should show why and how studying the Master of Architecture (International Practice) may help you achieve your aims. The statement should be a maximum of 500 words.

The course aims to attract a cohort of students from around the world and seeks to give you the opportunity to build your own global network of collaborators. The programme aims to provide the chance to develop techniques for cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary working, which looks to prepare you to take a leading role in global practice. The practical emphasis on exploring global contexts through design projects is designed to allow students to work at a range of scales from hands-on community building to strategic city planning. Underlying all our work is respect for socio-cultural diversity and interdisciplinary knowledge and a search for sustainability.

Professional Links

This programme provides professional links through case studies and design project and practice visits in collaboration with global design practices based in UK and practicing world-wide.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans  for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,609 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

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

Study Trips

Masters level study trips are often tied to studio projects and usually combine workshops and visiting speakers with visits to landmark buildings and other sites of interests. In recent years, groups within the School have travelled to places such as Cambridge and Edinburgh, to European destinations including Brussels, Venice, Barcelona and Paris, as well as further afield to India and Sri Lanka.

In another study trip students spent a week in Poland studying urban housing problems alongside a group from the Wroclaw University of Technology.

While these trips are not mandatory, they can be important in developing varied cultural and collaborative experience. Please note that you will be responsible for all travel, accommodation and general living expenses incurred as part of the trips. The School does however try and ensure that costs of study trips are kept as low as possible to encourage full participation.

Text Books

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 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 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 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.

Professor Behzad Sodagar

Professor Behzad Sodagar

Programme Leader

Behzad has almost thirty years' experience of education and research. He is widely published in his subject specialisms of sustainable planning and architecture, and environmental design of buildings. His collaboration with the award-winning Hilt Holt Wood social enterprise received a prestigious Lord Stafford Award. Behzad is Director of Research in the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This course is designed to equip architects and allied built environment professionals with the critical understanding and skills required to develop their careers in global practice. It aims to prepare future decision makers to meet design challenges and develop solutions that are innovative, sustainable and community-centred.

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.