Architectural Design

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Architectural Design

This one year full-time MA in Architectural Design is aimed at students who are looking for a rich, advanced and engaging post-graduate programme which focuses on the multiple facets and relationships between design and research. By pursuing the MA in Architectural Design, the students will get the necessary skills for becoming sophisticated design-research thinkers and practitioners.

It shares many of the design elements of our established MArch (Master of Architecture/ RIBA Part 2 programme, but provides greater flexibility in terms of study choices, allowing you to engage with the interests of our research staff.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • A 2:1 honours degree in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban design
  • A university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • Or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference.

English Language Requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

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Program content

Year One

  • Architectural Design and Research
  • Analysis of Precedent
  • Design Thesis (Dissertation)

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK Students: £10,200 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you and academic staff will focus on precisely what they want you to achieve within each Module.&

Knowledge & Understanding:

On completing the programme, you should be able to:

  • Critically understand how knowledge is advanced through design-led research to produce clear, logically argued and original written and design work relating to architectural culture, theory and design.

Intellectual Skills:

On completing the programme, you should be able to:

  • Pursue a personal design-research agenda within the context of the School's research portfolio.

Professional Practical Skills:

On completing the programme, you should be able to:

  • Generate complex design proposals showing understanding of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, ability to test new hypotheses and speculations.
  • Evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On completing the programme you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances.
  • Identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for work within the architectural profession.
  • Evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals.

Career paths

Whilst many of our graduates will choose to undertake a career within architecture or other built environment professions,MA AD programme also provides a large number of transferable skills which will be of benefit across a wide range of professions. The focus on critical design research thinking and project based learning is welcomed by employers in that it provides graduates with skills in creative thinking, conceptual organisation, critical reflection and leadership in decision-making within complex environments.

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Cardiff University

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Cardiff University

CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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