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Master of Business Administration (Architecture) - MBA

Why study this course?

The MBA (Architecture) offers you the opportunity to develop your expertise as business managers and leaders in the profession. The course addresses key business functions and considers the practices and contexts for strategic leadership. Studying with both The Cass and the Guildhall School of Business and Law, you'll benefit from the unique setting of an established business school and a leading architecture school.

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The MBA (Architecture) provides the opportunity for you to develop an understanding of key business functions whilst also developing your role as a leader within the profession and in your practice. The course is located jointly at the Guildhall School of Business and Law and The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. This unique placement offers you the opportunity to learn alongside business leaders from other sectors while being immersed in the multidisciplinary community of The Cass with its strong emphasis on practice and innovation.

Embedded within the MBA programme are the principles of ethics, responsibility, inclusion, diversity and sustainability.

Research skills training will equip you to lead strategic research into the performance of organisations, the nature of audiences, and theories and strategies of engagement. Studying at The Cass you'll benefit from proximity to creative and participatory research methodologies undertaken across subject areas. Our architecture school is widely recognised for its engagement with communities and design as research.

Who is the MBA (Architecture) for?

You might be a senior figure such as an associate in a large architectural practice, you might be thinking of starting your own small practice or you might work for a client organisation commissioning large complex building projects. From these and many more diverse positions in the profession, you want to acquire the skills for effective and responsible management, and to develop sustainable organisational structures.


You'll be assessed through individual and group presentations, essays, case studies, reports, research proposals and a final project in the form of a research report.

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum RIBA Part 3 or equivalent post-graduate qualification in architecture. In addition to this, you'll need at least two years’ postgraduate experience in a managerial role within an architectural practice or client organisation. Evidence of this will need to be confirmed by two letters of reference
  • a full university application form will need to be submitted which includes a detailed statement to support your application to the course. You should also submit an up-to- date CV and copies of award certificates
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. English language 6.5 average.

Modules* include:

  • Entrepreneurship for Creative Professionals (pathway module)
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Leadership and Strategic Management
  • People and organisations: principles and practices in global contexts
  • Marketing, Marketing Communications, and Operations
  • Management, Learning and Research
  • Business Research Project

*20 Level 7 credits Accreditation of Prior Learning for the UK taught RIBA Part 3 examination

Graduates of this course will be equipped for management and leadership in the architectural profession and commissioning client organisations.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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When to apply

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