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International Architectural Regeneration and Development

MA or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



Course length

Full time: MA: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months, PGCert: 3 - 9 months (depending on module choice)

Part time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 18 months; PGCert: 9 months


The MA in International Architectural Regeneration and Development explores the sustainable development and regeneration of the built environment. 

You will explore the creative, adaptive reuse of the existing built environment through sensitive and creative design interventions or choose to pursue a research-based path. You’ll learn innovative ways in which heritage sites can be evolved for contemporary use whilst respecting their diverse values.

You will investigate the environmental, social and cultural issues involved in regenerating the built environment as well vernacular construction methods in your design studio-based module.

The course has a global focus and you will be introduced to a network of international organisations in the field. You will gain skills in:

  • critical thinking and analysis
  • field research and creative design
  • project management
  • working in different cultural contexts.

On graduating you will be able to take on a leading role in organisations involved in architectural regeneration and development.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

The course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. 

Applications will normally be open to candidates who fulfil one, or more, of the following requirements:

  • hold a good honours degree (minimum 2.2), or international equivalent, in a related discipline
  • hold a recognised postgraduate diploma or professional qualification in a relevant subject
  • can provide a portfolio or equivalent samples of work (for non-design applicants) 
  • are mature candidates, who can demonstrate considerable practical experience in a related field

Please also see the University's general 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.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,900 (Masters); £8,900 (Diploma); £4,950 (Certificate)

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£10,300 (Masters); £9,300 (Diploma); £5,150 (Certificate)

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,900 (Masters); £8,900 (Diploma); £4,950 (Certificate)

Home (UK) part time

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£10,300 (Masters); £9,300 (Diploma); £5,150 (Certificate)

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Financial support and scholarships

The ADAM Architecture Scholarship provides support with fees to one master's student on the programme each year.

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The optional field trip carries an additional cost.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

The course is made up of core (compulsory) modules and optional modules and has three levels:

  • postgraduate certificate (PGCert) - requires 60 credits
  • postgraduate diploma (PGDip) - requires 90 credits
  • master's degree (MA) - requires 180 credits.

For the master's degree you will also need to complete the Research Methods module and a dissertation.

Students usually enrol for the master's degree, but it is possible to enrol directly on the PGCert or PGDip. Either on recommendation from the admissions tutor or as an exit point from the MA.

A field trip is organised each year to look at international examples of regeneration projects.

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Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Architecture, Culture and Tradition (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the anthropology of architecture and the field of international vernacular architecture studies. Drawing upon examples of vernacular building traditions from around the world, it seeks to analyse the dynamic interaction between architecture, social structure, cultural behaviour and the natural environment.

Applications in Regeneration (20 credits)

This is a lecture and seminar programme that introduces the principles that underlie sustainable regeneration and the key players involved in the process. The practices of conservation and regeneration ranging from small rural settlements to post-industrial areas are examined through case studies considering heritage value and significance, adaptation of the built fabric, community participation and economic forces such as the role of heritage, the arts and tourism in regeneration.

Regeneration and Development Project (30 credits)

This is a studio-based module that builds on the taught modules in developing strategic planning, contextual design and project management skills to solve problems in adapting and revitalising the existing built environment. Through a project set in a real life location, students are expected to develop culturally and socially sensitive, environmentally responsible and financially viable strategic plans and design interventions for historic urban quarters, post-industrial sites or rural/vernacular settlements. Master's students may also develop one aspect of the regeneration strategy through a research report in place of a design proposal.

Research Methods (10 credits)

This module encourages MA students to develop the skills needed in the research of environmental problems, including the formulation of research problems and methodology, data collection and analysis.

Resilient Urbanism (20 credits)

This is a lecture and seminar-based module developing analysis and research skills to address questions of resilience in urban agglomerations.  The module examines the multi-scalar factors that affect urban resilience.  Through a series of lectures, seminars, debates and workshops, students are acquainted with the theory, critiques and applications of the concept of resilience in a range of urban contexts around the world, with particular reference to the role of the existing built environment in fostering urban resilience. Students are familiarised with current resilience assessment frameworks and are taught to critically reflect on how their practice in the urban built environment impacts on urban resilience.

Optional modules

Regeneration Methods and Practices (10 credits)

This consists of master classes delivered by expert scholars providing opportunities for you to learn from, and engage in academic interaction with leading figures in the field through the intensive and detailed exploration of specific and current themes and problems. Subjects covered range from contemporary approaches to field research, designing in context of a historic environment, designing with tradition and creative feasibility.

Independent study

Optional modules

Independent Study

Students with research experience or with substantial practice and field experience may select a research or practice-oriented route to the MA through the Independent Study option by participating in ongoing research activities linked to the programme. Independent study may include literature reviews or be linked to research in practice.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation or Design Project

The final project is a dissertation or a major design project, supported by a project report. This component provides the opportunity for in-depth research and analysis and to develop and apply research and design skills in a specific area of architectural regeneration.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We aim to provide the knowledge and tools that will enable you to recognise the potential of, and contribute creatively to, the appropriate and sustainable regeneration of the inherited built environment in urban or rural contexts, including vernacular architecture.

You will develop a critical awareness of the cultural embodiment of the built environment. And associated regeneration and development processes.

You will gain the skills and tools to enable you to propose and implement strategies and interventions that are:

  • innovative
  • culturally sensitive
  • environmentally sustainable.

Our teaching methods include a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • design studios
  • workshops
  • group discussions
  • field study
  • master classes.

Field trips

An optional international field trip takes place during the winter break each year. It is a key component of the course.

You will test field research methods and engage in different cultural contexts as professionals. The field study also forms the basis and location for the second semester regeneration and development project.

Past field trip locations have included:

  • India
  • Cyprus
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • the Netherlands
  • Portugal.

Please note that you will have to cover the costs of the field trip.


Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods include:

  • project work
  • presentations
  • seminar presentations
  • reports
  • written assignments
  • coursework.

MA students are also assessed on a subject presentation, literature review and 18,000 word dissertation.


This course is embedded in the Place, Culture and Identity research group in the School of Architecture.

The IARD programme can prepare you for the PhD programme. Many alumni have gone on to pursue their PhDs in the School.

Our research expertise informs our teaching and includes:

  • conservation, regeneration and sustainability of traditional settlements in an international context
  • historic towns and tourism
  • heritage management, including in the context of regional development
  • design in a historic and/or vernacular context
  • interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative study of vernacular architecture traditions worldwide
  • transmission of indigenous, traditional and vernacular skills, expertise and knowledge
  • rural regeneration and development
  • cultural geography and mapping of vernacular architecture traditions.

We’re proud to host the unique Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL).

We are developing Architectural Regeneration, a new publication to support teaching on the programme.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Jobs in architectural regeneration can include a wide range of prospects including private sector consultancy assignments, public sector decision making positions or working for not for profit organisations delivering or assisting the regeneration process.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in a wide range of positions in the regeneration field internationally. Much of the success of a career in regeneration is combining the knowledge and skills learnt in the programme with professional skills gained in previous study and practice.  Although we are unable to directly ‘find’ jobs for programme graduates, we regularly make recommendations through a good network of contacts and alumni and share employment opportunities with current students and graduates of the programme. 

Graduates with architecture backgrounds often go on to work in practices specialising in regeneration or rehabilitation. Younger graduates have found that regeneration expertise has given them an edge and therefore more responsibility in practices they are working at. Those with more experience have found opportunities to diversify and gain positions in consultancy or multi-disciplinary practices.

There are also a wide range of jobs in the non-governmental sectors, ranging from managing small non-governmental (charitable) organisations to working on projects for major donor bodies like UNESCO. We have had an Indian graduate working on post-disaster rebuilding in Haiti, a Japanese graduate working on the preservation of vernacular architecture in Vietnam, and a Canadian graduate running donor-assisted construction programmes in Papua New Guinea. Closer to home, a UK graduate with a background in law is managing a townscape heritage initiative on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Overseas students in particular, who have joined the programme from public sector assignments, have found that the degree has helped them both specialise and progress in their departments on their return. One graduate has gone onto head the procurement team in the Ministry of Municipalities specifically dealing with major regeneration projects. Several others work for their respective national heritage authorities. 

Other graduates have used the programme as a stepping stone for PhD study, at Brookes or elsewhere. A number of former graduates are now teaching regeneration and conservation at degree and postgraduate levels.

Our Staff

Dr Julia Wedel

Julia's teaching focuses on architectural interventions in existing contexts, and specifically in consolidating diverse stakeholder and environmental interests through sensitive adaptive reuse of the existing built environment.

Read more about Julia

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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