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Experience a transformative journey in architecture with the Masters in Architecture at Oxford Brookes. Our program is designed to empower you, the creator, by fostering experimental and speculative approaches to architectural design and function.
If you're seeking a professionally accredited course for ARB and RIBA pt II or LAM, explore our MArchD course.
You’ll have the support to develop the skills for your own independent design research projects. We prioritize your freedom of thought and research, allowing you to merge your understanding of architecture and personal experiences with boundless experimentation.
You’ll learn in a studio environment which provides the perfect setting for you to experiment with a wide range of mediums, including collage, drawing, 3D printing, and AI. We also invite specialists to conduct workshops, challenging you to question your perspectives, surroundings, and attitudes across different areas. By engaging in these activities, you will develop essential skills that will shape your future.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Space to create
You’ll have a dedicated studio space to work, collaborate and produce your ideas and designs.
You’ll join an international cohort from a range of architectural backgrounds ready to share ideas and collaborate.
We invite specialists such as photographers and artists to run sessions to challenge you to see from different perspectives.
You’ll graduate with a body of design work which is relevant to different disciplines, from filmmaking to set design, animation to art.
Study this course to extend your expertise, invigorate your practice or change direction. Many students join us as architects and move to careers in the creative industries.
At Oxford Brookes, we’ll challenge you to explore and develop your practice with the support of your tutors. You’ll go beyond mere architectural development; we encourage the exploration of diverse concepts to challenge your mindset and enhance your ability to effectively convey ideas in an increasingly visual world.
Emphasis is placed on practical work rather than written assignments. You‘ll have the opportunity to create collages, construct composite pieces, build tangible models, and produce drawings. These activities contribute to the progress of your final project.
Our modules integrate guided practice, ensuring that you receive comprehensive support for impactful learning. By fostering a culture of critical thinking and creativity throughout the course, you’ll be prepared for your final design project. This project can take the form of an artefact, film, installation, or a series of in-depth investigations. The program often culminates with an exhibition. The exhibition offers an immersive experience for guests and the public, allowing you to share your vision and achievements.
Learning and teaching
You will work individually and in groups, exploring a new kind of architecture. Methods of exploration include techniques associated with the film industry, such as:
- collage making
- optical composites
- physical models
- drawings, both by hand and computer.
Your tutor will help you to find areas of interest and you will develop an individual approach to the:
- and the realisation of a project.
Teaching is mostly design-studio based, with project-based learning in a studio environment. You will also take part in a series of lectures, reviews, tutorials and site visits.
The assessment on the taught modules is 100% coursework and include:
- design presentations
- seminar papers
Studio critiques by an invited jury provide formative feedback.
For your dissertation you can produce:
- a project
- artefact or portfolio in a variety of media
- written work.
Whilst there is no official international field trip, you are encouraged to visit areas of interest that are relevant to your thesis, and to visit exhibitions and galleries. You should budget in the region of £100 for trips such as these.
The Oxford Brookes School of Architecture is a major player in international research in the fields of architecture and the built environment.
On gaining the MA, if you are interested in continuing to the PhD programme, we will encourage you to do so.
For more information please visit Research in Architecture.
Our graduates progress in different directions because of the way we’ve designed this course. Some return to their home country to start their own business while others start careers in new areas like set design. It’s a great stepping stone to completing a PhD too.
Whatever you decide to do next, you’ll have an impressive portfolio to show potential employers. You’ll be able to show you’re capable of thinking of fresh ideas and understanding different research methods.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
If your first language is not English you will require a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.
An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
We advise applying in advance to secure places, and allow sufficient time for applications to be reviewed.
There is no formal application deadline (recruitment closes when teaching capacity is reached).
Applicants should also factor any time needed to meet offer conditions, arrange accommodation, and obtain a UK Student visa (if applicable).
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.
|A3 printed portfolio black box
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 and many submissions are digital only, the portfolio elements of the course do require some printing. Printing in the School of Architecture Print Room is charged at no profit and there is no charge for laser cutting beyond your own material costs.
|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.