Lancaster University
Architecture (Master of) MArch Studies
Lancaster University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Why Lancaster?

Our unique location adjacent to a small wood, on the edge of the Lake District World Heritage site, provides an excellent base from which to investigate the global climate emergency

Our collaborative community of students, researchers and practitioners are collectively engaged in the exploration of ethical practice.

Work with practices on significant UK projects including Eden North and Lancaster Garden Village to influence the future direction of the profession.

We teach in a boutique environment that equips students with essential skills including fabrication and prototyping, parametricism, machine learning and carbon calculation.

You will work in your own dedicated studio space, open 24/7 for you to draw, model and think in.

The architecture industry is changing in response to the climate crisis. To keep up, you need to be agile, flexible and quick at finding sustainable solutions. Join us at Lancaster to perfect the skills you need to be a leader in this profession and tackle the pressing problems facing the world today.

Addressing the big questions

Our team of architects are committed to looking closely at how to design thoughtfully and ethically to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability. The course has been designed to prioritise three themes to drive this change.

  • The Climate Emergency
  • Future Practice
  • Digital Crafting

Studying here, you’ll spend half the time in studio, and spend the rest of the time in workshops, lectures or seminars. Our design project themes cover a diverse range of areas, from policy and community to parametric and generative architecture. You might also look at the climate crisis or Arts and Crafts in architecture.

Spend time in the studio

As well as an individual working space in our studios, you'll use our workshops where you can do model-making at various scales, use hand tools and become familiar with digital fabrication equipment. Our digital facilities also include laser scanning, visualisation kits and large-scale printing, as well as access to all the specialist software you need.

Carrying out your own piece of research will be a key part of this course. It will also be your opportunity to look at an area of architecture through an ethical lens. We’ll prepare you for this project by exploring the methods you can apply to address the crucial questions in this area.


Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Architecture (Master of), MArch Studies, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in architecture or a related discipline A digital portfolio of your work will be required We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Lancaster University

Lancaster University was established in 1964 and is located in the rural setting of Lancaster. The campus provides a series of amenities, including banks and a post office. Academically, all of this university’s courses and programmes are accredited and approved by MARP, ensuring that the curriculums delivered here are set at a high standard. In terms of facilities, students have access to a variety of study and recreational spaces intended to improve their wellbeing, such as Meditation and Tai Chi classes, and Woodland walks.

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