University of Kent

University of Kent

Architecture (ARB/RIBA part 2)

This programme is divided into 2 stages and focuses on design excellence and architectural education to the highest standards, and the development of sophisticated communication skills. Internationally based design projects give students the opportunity to examine topical issues and overcome the traditional boundaries between planning and architectural design. These projects develop students' ability to speculate, research, analyse, apply critical judgements and refine their work. Stage 4 includes a minor design project with conceptual investigations of a theoretical premise. Stage 4 also features an urban landscape project, which involves teams of students in broad-scale planning issues. Stage 5 allows students to develop their own major design project which is accompanied by a design and a technical report. Additionally, an independent study project gives students the opportunity to explore an area of individual interest, building on the diverse range of resources available. There is an opportunity to study abroad at Stage 5.

Entry requirements

Minimum period of 6 months recorded office-based work experience (a minimum of 3 months in any 1 office), in the UK or aboard, following successful completion of a recognised RIBA/ARB Part 1 exempt 1st degree programme (ideally 2.1 or above). Those without a UK Part 1 1st degree must have gained the qualification by examination before they can be admitted onto the MArch course. Students will need to apply direct to ARB to take the Part 1 as an external candidate. This would involve paying a fee and attending an interview with ARB in London.

Course modules

Stage 4: Cultural context; management practice and law; minor design project; technology and environment; urban landscape design project. Stage 5: Independent study project; major design project 1; major design project 2; major design project: design report.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a variety of methods, including design projects, project journals and reports, coursework and examinations.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Canterbury Campus Canterbury CT2 7NZ South East

Key information

Kent School of Architecture
Telephone number: 
01227 824700