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How can we build a more sustainable future? What should urban regeneration look like? Can architects respond to humanitarian crises?
From sustainable built environments, urban design, digital craft to humanitarian architecture, during the MArchD programme you will construct a substantial portfolio of design work that fulfils the requirements of ARB/RIBA Part II and LAM, and offers a design specialisation that has a transformative impact on your professional practice.
The School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes has an international reputation for research and teaching. You’ll be guided by academics and practitioners who’ve proved themselves at some of the country’s top practices or who are leading in their fields of research. And you’ll benefit from our strong links with local and national practices who regularly visit and employ our graduates.
You’ll immerse yourself in an environment that actively encourages discourse, fosters innovation, and promotes practical experimentation, allowing you the freedom to explore and realise your design aspirations.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Customise your concept
Within a framework of core modules, you can tailor your course to match your career ambitions and design interests with great staff to student ratios.
You’ll be guided by tutors and lecturers who are experts in their field. They’ll help you gain specialist skills in key areas of design practice and inspire you to produce your best work.
Including VR, AI, prototyping and making spaces/workshops, high spec computers and the latest software. The school is more than just a physical structure - it is a space for exploration and creative discovery.
Driven by Research, creativity and curiosity, the School of Architecture brings leading edge thought in Low-Carbon Building, Vernacular Architecture, Place Culture and Identity and the Center for Development and Emergency Practice. Our research guides industry at the highest level.
A city to call home
Oxford has a rich student culture, and you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in study at the world-famous Bodleian, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Our studios are open 24/7 and are supported by an on-site print room with advanced 2D and 3D printing facilities, equipment and tech loan services.
The Part II Programme at Oxford Brookes provides a dynamic learning experience, focusing on core modules and design specialisation in the first year and a thesis portfolio in the second year. Emphasising tutorials as our main teaching method, you will be individually supported throughout your journey.
Integrated Learning Approach:
You'll study architectural design through individual and group projects in design studios. Modules run concurrently, with a focus on key project development stages. The programme ensures a balance of academic rigour, practical skill development, and collaboration with industry professionals - preparing you for impactful contributions in the field.
Studio Environment and Workshops:
The School of Architecture is defined by its studio culture and excellent facilities. You’ll find up-to-date computers with all of the software you’ll need, a fully equipped print room with 2D and 3D printing technologies, photographic and 3D scanning equipment and a great architecture workshop to facilitate making and material experimentation.
Learning and teaching
Our programme gives you the opportunity to define your architectural education through selection of a design specialisation in Year 1 and a design thesis studio in Year 2. Our core modules ensure that your work meets all of the required professional criteria which gives you the freedom to explore in detail areas and aspects of the field that most resonate with your design agendas in your studio and specialisation.
You’ll be given feedback to support the submission of assignments, which will generally take the form of a portfolio, emphasising process work and iteration as well as final output. Through sector leading cross marking and moderation policies we shall ensure that we maintain consistent standards and learning outcomes across each module are fairly assessed. Work is marked as a percentage and you must pass all compulsory components of the course, without exception, to progress from Year 1 to Year 2.
An internal cross-studio portfolio examination will determine your final design grades. This takes place at the end of the second semester in Year 2.
Our programme is accredited by the RIBA, the ARB and by LAM, and we appoint external examiners to ensure that our assessment standards and processes are fair and consistent. We choose two external examiners from the profession and two external examiners from academia who have sight of all school submissions and meet you at the end of Year 2.
The MArchD course at Oxford Brookes values and encourages field study.
Each studio and specialisation offers an optional field trip. These field trips may be local or international, depending on the focus of the studio or specialisation. Other optional opportunities for field study are offered to the entire cohort, including visits to maker spaces, architectural parks or interesting cities.
See the Additional costs section of this page for details of costs.
The School of Architecture encompasses seven global pioneering Research Institutes, Centres, and Groups that span a wide range of disciplines - including architectural engineering, low carbon building, development and emergency practice, vernacular architecture, conservation, design, and AI. Our research endeavours are characterised by a multidisciplinary approach and hold significant global relevance. Collaborating closely with industry and communities, the School research yields practice-oriented outcomes. These robust partnerships contribute to shaping policies in architecture, sustainability, and humanitarian practice.
Our dedication to the seamless integration of research and teaching is manifested in the continuous transfer of knowledge from our research initiatives to the academic setting. This symbiotic relationship enhances the overall student experience and deepens their understanding of the subjects at hand. The collective impact of our research activities underscores our dedication to maintaining a dynamic and enriching educational environment at Oxford Brookes.
Our students are in high demand in the UK and internationally. Many go on to work in AJ100 companies, like Fosters, Zaha Hadid and Wilkinson Ayre. Some set up their own businesses, often pursuing careers that contribute to society and a more sustainable future.
The specialisations within the course prepare students for a rapidly changing industry where specialist skills are increasingly popular.
Some of our students have gone on to work in Film and Digital Design, while others have used their skills to work in disaster relief operations.
- architectural and engineering practices
- research or sustainability consultancies
- development work
- creative professions
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to provide proof of English language ability via IELTS or equivalent.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Successful completion of this course will provide you with ARB/RIBA Part II exemption along with LAM accreditation. Our cohort is truly international - you’ll meet students of architecture from all over the world.
We are open to candidates who wish to change course using accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Please contact the School of Architecture directly.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Please use the "apply now" link below. Once you have started your application, you will be asked to provide your portfolio, references and a personal statement. You will be invited to MArchD "Virtual Cafes" where you'll get to meet staff and students on the course who can answer any questions you might have about studying here, and also to in person open days. After you have completed your application, you will be invited to an interview to discuss your portfolio and architectural aspirations and agendas.
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
An emphasis on physical experimentation means that you may incur costs to purchase materials. Although access to our workshops is free, you need to source your own materials
|Although there is provision to show work digitally, the portfolio elements of the course generally do require high quality printing
|Development and Emergency Practice field trip, including flights, accommodation and daily food.
International Architectural Regeneration and Development runs a field trip to a European country flights and accommodation)
UK field trip
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
|£20-60 per book
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.