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Architecture - ARB/RIBA Part 2

Architecture today presents a highly diverse range of graduate career opportunities to operate within. Our degree is designed to respond to this condition.

This a four-semester, two-year, full-time Masters programme for students with a first degree in architecture who wish to progress their studies to final qualification as a practising architect.

The degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for ARB Prescriptions for Qualification Criteria at Part II and the EU Professional Qualifications Directive 2005 (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, article 46 1a-k).
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Why Queen's?
The programme is an active participant in Erasmus with links to established schools of architecture in Europe. MArch I includes a compulsory, self-funded field-trip, usually to a mainland European city.

Entry requirements

Applicants whose primary degree was awarded in the UK

1.Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture from an approved RIBA/ARB Part 1 course in a recognised institution. Applicants with a degree in Architecture below 2.1 Honours standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2.Normally an assessment of 60% or above in the final year major design project of their approved RIBA/ARB Part 1 course.
3.A demonstration of a critical awareness of the applicant's position relative to the profession and discipline of architecture. Such demonstration is typically (but not exclusively) achieved through experience in architectural practice in accordance with RIBA/ARB regulations for practical training.
4.Applicants will be asked to submit an architectural design portfolio to support their application and may also be invited for interview.

Application Portfolio Requirement

As part of the application process you are required to upload a single pdf portfolio of your best architectural design (personal, non-group) work to date. The pdf should be no more than 5mb and no more than 15 pages long. The purpose of the portfolio submission is to:
•Identify indicators of commitment, excellence and achievement within the applicant’s academic or professional portfolio of experience.
•Evaluate the applicant’s critical awareness of the discipline and profession of architecture.

Applicants whose Primary Degree was awarded outside the UK:

1.A recognised qualification equivalent to a 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture. Applicants with a degree in Architecture below 2.1 Honours standard (or equivalent) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2.Normally an assessment equivalent to 60% or above in their (first degree) final year major design project.
3.A demonstration of a critical awareness of the applicant’s position relative to the profession and discipline of architecture. Such demonstration is typically in the form of a personal statement.
4.International applicants will be asked to submit an architectural design portfolio to support their application and may also be invited for interview.
5.International applicants should note that if they wish to undertake Part 3 (to lead to ARB registration as an architect and as an RIBA chartered architect) they must be successful in an application to ARB for their first architecture degree to be assessed by ARB as satisfying Part 1.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in Speaking and Listening and a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:
•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


2 years full-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning / Afternoon / Evening
The programme contains a compulsory trip in MArch I

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Completion of the MArch constitutes Part II of the RIBA/ARB criteria leading to eligibility to sit Part III, the Professional Examination and registration as an architect in the UK.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside positive integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

While the MArch prepares students for a career as a practicing architect, many go on to follow different paths in, for example, urban design, planning, project management and other activities concerning design and the built environment – as well as other research opportunities.

Further enquiries

Dr Gary A Boyd, MArch Coordinator
School of Natural and Built Environment
Tel: 9097 4375

Subjects taught

Course Details
The focus of the MArch is to investigate and develop the relationships between critical practice, design and research through the making of unique and challenging architectural propositions.

The studio is divided up into thematic groups which collectively encompass a broad range of approaches to architectural design. The groups reflect the expertise and preoccupations of the tutors and consultants involved. Accordingly, the briefs developed and the work produced become a collaborative investigation between practitioners, students and academics into some of the spatial issues affecting the production of the built environment, both on this island and elsewhere.

Students are offered a choice of group at the beginning of MArch I and then again at the beginning of MArch II, their thesis year. It is imagined that they will choose a different group each year to make the most of the breadth and the depth offered by the studio system. Choices are also offered for humanities and technologies dissertations.

The four semesters of the Masters programme are thought of as a single entity, within which diverse challenges allow the student to identify core strengths and to develop these through open discussion with a strong emphasis on self-directed study and ambitious agendas.

Year 1 Modules
M.Arch Studio 1 (30 CATS)
M.Arch Studio 2 (30 CATS)
Architectural Research: Humanities
Dissertation (30 CATS) (project work)
Architectural Research: Technology
Dissertation (30 CATS) (project work)

Year 2 Modules
M.Arch Studio 3 (30 CATS)
M.Arch Studio 4 (30 CATS)
Thesis Research (30 CATS)
Professional Skills (30 CATS)

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Project design work, critical design reviews, representation, research, essays, 6,000-10,000 word dissertation, reports.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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