Architecture/Architecture (International) (RIBA Part 2) Master of 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Successful completion of this RIBA validated course provides exemption from Part 2 of the ARB prescribed Examination in Architecture.

As part of the process of becoming a professionally-qualified Architect in the UK, graduates are required to complete a period of supervised ‘practical training', 12 months of which (commonly referred-to as the ‘Year Out') is normally undertaken before commencing full-time academic study at Master's level. This period of practical training constitutes Year 1 of the University of Huddersfield M.Arch course.

Therefore, students who have not previously completed a satisfactory period of practical training should join the course in Year 1. Students who have already completed a satisfactory period of practical training should join the course in Year 2.

Years 2 and Year 3 of the course are design-centred and intended to enable you to explore issues of critical regionalism and tectonic expression in relation to establishing your own theoretical position, through which you will be expected to develop a high degree of sensitivity to the context within which design work is undertaken in geographical, cultural, social and technical terms.

All design projects explore applications of sustainability and encourage a wide and plural outlook appropriate for both developed and developing countries. In this global worldview, understanding of progressive theories of design and the application of advanced construction methods co-exist with concern for the implementation of sustainable technologies, awareness of regional development issues and respect for craft-based building practices.

The rationale and definition of ‘International' both builds upon the studies undertaken as part of the Architecture (International) BA(Hons) degree awarded by the University of Huddersfield and acknowledges the reality of rapidly changing architectural practice in a fast moving, global context. Our course will aim to prepare you for new and emerging forms of practice through the development of your personal learning skills and a deep understanding of the need for flexibility, adaptability, innovation and enterprise in your career.


Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

The course is of three years duration with direct entry available to Year 2.

Year 1 is a ‘practical training' year (commonly referred-to as the ‘Year Out') normally undertaken by Part 1 graduates as part of the practical training requirements for Registration as an Architect in the UK. For further information about entry to Year 1, please contact our Part 2 Admissions Tutor (architectureand3d@hud.ac.uk).

Applicants who have already completed a satisfactory period of professional training may be considered for direct entry to Year 2 of the course and undertake 2 years full-time study, starting in September.

Entry requirements

Entry to year 1: Entrants should have obtained a good first degree in Architecture, preferably with RIBA Part 1 exemption, or equivalent.

Direct Entry to year 2: Entrants should have obtained a good first degree in Architecture, preferably with RIBA Part 1 exemption, or equivalent, and should have completed a satisfactory period of professional training.

Direct entry to the final year of the course will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Contact:

Department of Architecture and 3D Design
Tel: +44 (0)1484 472281
E-mail: architectureand3d@hud.ac.uk

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Places available:

45

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Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

Year 1

Intermediate Course In Architecture Practice

The aim of this module is to enable you to obtain maximum benefit from a period of practical experience and/or personal and professional development following completion of your RIBA Part 1 studies. This is commonly known as the ‘Year Out’.

The year in practice forms part of a module that supports you in your professional practical experience through regular contact with your professional studies advisor, who is able to help you to maintain the professional body requirements for you to complete your Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR). In addition you are asked to report on a Case Study that you are engaged with in practice, prepare a Personal Evaluation and update and improve your professional portfolio. The module is not graded, but successful completion leads to progression onto the 2-Year full-time element of the course.

Year 2

Advanced and Sustainable Technology

This module is intended to prepare you for the practical application of advanced building technology and issues of sustainability. Buildings are linked to the consumption of large quantities of energy and other resources and the production of large amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. It is necessary to design, construct and operate them in a climate sensitive fashion in order to optimise performance and resource use. This module will examine how sustainable and advanced construction technology can begin to reduce the effects of global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain, illness and resource depletion through careful design.


Advanced Architecture: Theory and Practice

This module will enable you to examine contemporary movements in architectural design, analysing principal characteristics, raisons d'etre and major components. This will provide an informed background against which your own theoretical approach to design can develop and mature. The module aims to enable you to explore in depth a design philosophy - both in theory and in practice - that is empathetic to your own ideals and aspirations. You will undertake an integrated Design Project, developing learning gained in other practical and theoretical modules in the course to produce an integrated solution with a high standard of design based on a sound theoretical approach.


Architectural Practice Management and Law

The aim of this module is to enable you to enhance your understanding and knowledge of: the organisation and administration of architectural practice; the responsibilities and obligations of an architect to clients and other parties involved in the building design and construction process; collaboration, information management and Building Information Modelling (BIM); building control and planning legislation; the legal and contractual procedures involved in building procurement; estimating and cost control of the construction process; the personal and team management skills appropriate to architectural practice; and the responsibility of the architect towards the health and safety of those employed in the construction industry, the well-being of building users and the effect of building development upon society at large.


Integrated Urban Design and Architecture

This module you will give you the opportunity to carry out a detailed survey and analytical study of an existing urban context and prepare strategic proposals for the further development and/or regeneration of the site in relationship to broader social, economic and environmental issues. You will then develop a design project at an appropriate scale for further exploration and resolution of a group of buildings and/or public spaces.

Year 3

Master of Architecture Dissertation

The module comprises the production of a 10,000 word dissertation on an architectural subject of your own choice.

The study is self-directed, once you have negotiated and agreed a topic with the Module Tutor. Most research will be from secondary sources, but you are expected to pursue primary sources whenever the opportunity presents itself.


Master of Architecture Design Thesis Preliminary Studies

The aim of this module is to be a preliminary to the Design Thesis and involves the collection of all the background briefing and contextual information necessary from which to work. The range of investigative studies includes contextual and social investigation, site analysis; functional and managerial analysis; precedent and typological studies; consideration of technological and energy issues and any other topics specific to the project.


Master of Architecture Design Thesis

The aim of this module is for you to undertake a comprehensive architectural design project of your own choice but which must be agreed with the Module Tutor and must be at a level of complexity and depth of resolution comparable to that which pertains in architectural practice.

Upon your own initiative you will select a location in a European Region, and develop a design proposal which is responsive and appropriate to the cultural and environmental context of your chosen location, whilst identifying and responding to the heritage and cultural traditions as evident in the established Urban fabric of Europe.

As such your final design should assert an architectural narrative, explore building typology, satisfy predetermined user requirements, resolve spatial organisation, and be made manifest by considered deployment of appropriate technologies.


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Master of Architecture (International) Design Thesis

The aim of this module is for you to undertake a comprehensive architectural design project of your own choice but which must agree with the Module Leader and must be at a level of complexity and depth of resolution comparable to that which pertains in architectural practice.

Upon your own initiative you will select a location in a non-European Region, and develop a design proposal which is responsive and appropriate to the cultural and environmental context of your chosen location, whilst identifying and responding to the challenges and pressures that exist in procuring architecture within an increasingly globalised economy.

As such your final design should assert an architectural narrative, explore building typology, satisfy predetermined user requirements, resolve spatial organisation, and be made manifest by considered deployment of appropriate technologies.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

For graduates who already hold a Part 1 qualification, this course leads to Registration as an Architect after subsequent completion of the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (Part 3) and further supervised practical training.

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and a programme of design projects.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

  • permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Facilities

During the two full-time study years you will have access to the facilities in Queen Street Studios, which, as well as housing contemporary studio space, also offers advanced 3D technologies. This includes dedicated high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities, laser cutters with metal-cutting capabilities, 3D workshops for rapid prototyping, plus high definition and multi material 3D printers for the creation of 3D models. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff.

In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours. This means you won't have to invest in expensive software packages during the course.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

[h]Field Trips:[\h]

The location and typology of your final design project is chosen by you in consultation with your Tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for site analysis and other contextual/cultural investigations, the costs of which are your responsibility and are not included in course fees.Please be aware that he M.Arch course allows you to choose a site in the UK/Europe. If you elect to follow the M.Arch (International) route, the location of your final project would be in a 'non-European' cultural region.

[h]Materials:[\h]

You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include sketchbooks, drawing equipment, materials for producing models and printing. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been £150 in year one (the year out), £400 in year two and £1,125 in the final year. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

Centre for Urban Design, Architecture, and Sustainability (CUDAS):


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