Architecture - MA
Why study this course?
London Met’s Architecture MA is a design and research-based course that will allow you to develop your own creative and intellectual thesis. Drawing on the strengths of The Cass in architecture and design, the course is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2. With its wide range of tutors, studios and interest groups, you’re provided with a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis.
In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
Our Architecture MA degree provides you with a practical and theoretical understanding of both architecture and interior design, presenting you with a rare opportunity for high-level study of both these areas.
The course is open to graduates of architecture, interior design and other closely related subjects and is taught in parallel with the Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA 2.
Drawing upon the established strengths of The Cass in architecture and interior design, you’ll explore their common interest in spatial design and work within an established critical theoretical framework.
The main subject areas you’ll cover are in design, history and theory. Each module contains complementary skills and knowledge for you to master and together they will thoroughly test your ability in this field.
You’ll learn from a wide selection of tutors, studios and interest groups, and there will also be a strong emphasis on your own self-directed study.
The design-based and research-orientated structure of the MA will help you focus on improving your skills and developing excellence in the work you to produce. Likewise, the coursework provides a strong design platform from which you can develop your thesis creatively and intellectually.
Watch the video introduction to the Architecture Research Unit by course leader Professor Philip Christou and lecturer Professor Florian Beigel to learn more about the learning processes that will guide your studies on the Architecture MA.
The design projects are assessed through an end-of-year portfolio presentation, while your history and theory work will be assessed through a written dissertation.
Different assessment methods will be used for option modules, depending on the nature of the module.
You will be required to have:
- a good honours degree in architecture, interior design or a closely related subject
- design talent, ability and motivation demonstrated through presentation of a portfolio
- a personal statement that articulates your academic and professional interests and ambition
Non-UK based students who are unable to attend an interview must submit a portfolio of their architecture and/or design work along with their application form.
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.
Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.
Many graduates of our Architecture MA course go on to either continue or start work within architecture, interior design or fields that are connected to both.
If you want to develop your research further, then you’re encouraged to apply and undertake a PhD at London Met.
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.
How to apply
Use the apply button to begin your application.
When to apply
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.
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News and success stories: Architecture
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Cass architecture alumnus is one of ten winners in design competition from London Festival of Architecture
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Cass Architecture Lecturer is selected for groundbreaking scheme pacing new generation of planners in local government
Practices led by Cass tutors and alumni are included in the London Mayor's £35 million Architecture and Urbanism framework.
Architecture alumnus wins annual Architecture Foundation competition with design for inflatable performance venue.
awards ceremony with large screen showing men accepting award
Cass studio leaders Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven win prestigious annual architecture award.
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March- May 2018
Lecture series curated by Torange Khonsari coincides with launch of new postgraduate programme.
Casswell Bank Architects has been featured in a piece published by The Observer.
The University is committed to delivering education to the highest standard. A focus is placed on supporting academic staff to become Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design have started a three-year regeneration collaboration with Belmonte, Italy.
A group of Diploma Architecture students are working with the 15th Fulham Scout Group to create a live construction project.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Image of electric fan held in front of woman's face.
Exhibition: 14 to 17 September
Dates announced for annual postgraduate exhibition.
NWLSA Student Awards 2016
Cass Architecture students win annual NWLSA Student Awards 2016.
Model of Calais building
A fundraising campaign to build a useful, safe and valued building for the unaccompanied children living in the Calais migrant camp.
Architect's model of a lecture hall
Casswell Bank Architects announced as winners in competition to remodel Institute of Psychoanalysis.
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