University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire


The course focuses on design innovation and current theories of architecture and urbanism to challenge your thinking and prepare you for practice. The studios, workshops and computer aided design (CAD) suites at UCLan will aid your practical skills and you will receive regular one-to-one tutorial support. In addition, opportunities for international study and lively discussion with a variety of visiting speakers will enrich your experience and inspire your creativity. The course builds on knowledge acquired in undergraduate courses, yet it establishes a clear distinction between part 1 and 2 levels by enabling students to progress their design work and critical thinking skills further to position themselves within contemporary architecture discourse. The course is informed by a dynamic and challenging regional need, specifically in areas such as urban and rural contextual issues, food production, regeneration, post-industrial landscapes, heritage protection, and sustainable urbanism. The course provides progression for part 1 architecture graduates to a part 2 course (which is a requirement for professional membership).

Entry requirements

Informal enquiries are welcomed. A recognised UK honours degree to a good standard, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme or work proposed. Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following: Part 1 or equivalent qualification in a cognate subject; a high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere, e.g. for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country. International Students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 6.5. All applicants are requested to submit digital supporting material and where possible, will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of recent work. Admission to the course is through interview and presentation of a portfolio of relevant work. Potential applicants are encouraged and more than welcome to call and/or visit for informal discussion prior to interview. Selection is by portfolio and interview. All applicants will be invited into the School for an interview with a portfolio of work containing evidence of drawing ability and ideas; your portfolio should be clearly laid out and easy to look through, with each piece of work labelled with project title or brief; generally you should choose what are, in your opinion, between 20 and 30 of your strongest pieces of work: Drawing: For many courses this is a key element of the portfolio. Include examples of different types (drawing, illustrations, imaginative, etc.), showing the use of different media where possible; projects: Include examples of different projects you have undertaken, illustrating your breadth of experience. Show the development work and how you think and work through a project from research to final presentation; sketch books: Include recent sketch books or work books that show what has influenced you, your research, sketch ideas, preparatory work, written notes, analysis of your work, etc. Tutors consider sketch books to be important to a portfolio as they illustrate how you approach your work, how you think and how your creativity develops; digital work: Include any computer aided design or artwork you have produced, as well as photography, video or animations where appropriate; written work: It can be helpful to include a piece of recent written work, for example an illustrated art essay, as writing is an essential communication tool for artists and designers.

Course modules

Modules include: Design 1; critical and cultural contexts; innovation and realisation; design 2; architectural research methods; written thesis.

Assessment methods

Practical and theoretical elements will be assessed both during and at the end of each module. The final form of the assessment strategy and criteria is the result of collaboration between student and staff. The �design brief� acts as the main vehicle for the student experience, complemented by lectures, seminars and demonstrations, which aim to encourage the development of problem-solving skills and creative investigation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MArch Full-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

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