MArch Architecture and Urbanism

Why choose Herts?

  • Professional Accreditation: This programme currently seeks prescription by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level, for the purpose of registration in the UK.
  • Strong Industry Connections: Benefit from our excellent links with a range of organisations including MADE, Zaha Hadid, and Morrison for networking and work placement opportunities.
  • Specialist Course Content: Explore contemporary urban and architectural topics such as fringe conditions, sustainable urban growth, gentrification, future, smart and digital cities (see about the course for more detail).

About the course

MArch Architecture & Urbanism is a Masters of Architecture award within the Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.

The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms and will benefit from visiting architects and design professionals. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.

Why choose this course?

This programme focuses on architectural typologies and the built environment in the region, with an international and global view. The MArch Architecture and Urbanism pays particular attention to contemporary urban and architectural questions, including fringe conditions, peripheries, rapid and sustainable urban growth, gentrification, new towns and garden cities, future, smart and digital cities, suburbia, edge urban conditions, in connection with local communities and inclusive societies.

  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Lab 1 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Lab 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Specialism Studio 60 Credits Compulsory
    Thesis Studio 60 Credits Compulsory
    Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MArch Architecture and Urbanism Download
    MArch Architecture and Urbanism Download
    Programme specifications
    Postgraduate Architecture Download
    Postgraduate Architecture Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

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    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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