Architecture - MA

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Why study this course?

This design-led research focussed course will allow you to develop your own creative and intellectual thesis. Drawing on the strengths of The Cass in architecture, design and research, it is taught in parallel with the MArch (RIBA 2) Architecture course. The range of tutors and interests represented across studios provides a strong platform from which to develop your own MA thesis, with an option (subject to complying with RIBA 1 requirements) to transfer to the RIBA 2 course. 

To date, this course has been particularly attractive to international students and can be seen as an entry-level primer for those wishing to pursue further research.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

Operazione Arcevia No.3, Development Sketches, Concept for Russia - Massimo Dorigo
Operazione Arcevia No.3, Development Sketches, Concept for Russia

Operazione Arcevia No.3, Italian Structure
Operazione Arcevia No.3, Italian Structure by Massimo Dorigo

Work by Massimo Dorigo

Experience via Journey, Boston Manor Platform
Experience via Journey, Boston Manor Platform by Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Work by Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Experience via Journey, Boston Manor Platform black and white
Experience via Journey, Boston Manor Platform black and white - Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Work by Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Experience via Journey, Boston Manor Platform Bridge
Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Work by Ekaterina Matsievskaya

Flowers in the Graveyard
Flowers in the Graveyard by Wu Han Chou

Work by Wu Han Chou

Flowers in the Graveyard drawing with colour
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Work by Wu Han Chou

Flowers in the Graveyard Line drawing
Wu Han Chou

Work by Wu Han Chou

City within a City
City within a City by Karl Eriksson

Work by Karl Eriksson

Walled Gardens at Rousham
Walled Gardens at Rousham by

Work by Moa Rundlöf

Time-Space colour Sphere
Time-Space colour Sphere by Ryosuke Marumara

Work by Ryosuke Marumara

Side Entrance, Vaulted Interior
Side Entrance, Vaulted Interior by Sheree Modeste

Work by Sheree Modeste

More about this course

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.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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.

Modular structure

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.

After the course

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.

Additional costs

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

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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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