Master of Architecture


The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a unique degree scheme, taken after the Part 1.

It satisfies Part 2 of the UK professional qualification for architects, and is approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

The first year of the MArch – the year of education in practice – is spent predominantly in architectural practice. It includes three short courses, held in the School, and has a modular structure of associated coursework.

The second year of the MArch is spent full-time in the School and takes students to an advanced level of architectural design. It offers an intense and lively forum for the exploration and discussion of issues in contemporary architecture, and also includes courses in building economics and professional practice.

How to apply

Applicants should complete a postgraduate application form, available on the University website, and send an A4 size paper copy of your portfolio and a sample of any written work undertaken directly to the School via:

Undergraduate Admissions
Cardiff University
Welsh School of Architecture
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King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff CF10 3NB
Wales U.K.

Selection is based on qualifications and a portfolio, but it may also involve an interview.

Welsh School of Architecture graduates must normally have our degree of BSc in Architectural Studies with at least a 2.2 Honours classification and 55 per cent in design; or

If you are entering from another School, you would normally need at least a 2.1 class degree or equivalent qualification which carries exemption from the Part 1 of the RIBA. In all cases, a strong design portfolio is a requisite. We will consider candidates from other schools with overall classifications of 2:2 who have exceptionally strong grades in design modules at degree level (high 2:1 and above), so students who believe themselves to be in this category are welcome to apply. Applications from prospective students will not be considered until we have received both the application form and the portfolio.


Information on fees can be found on the Cardiff University website

Further information

For further information on the Part 3 programme at the School please see our postgraduate taught pages.

For full details on this course and how to apply go to: Course finder



Find out about our admissions criteria, how to apply, and get advice about writing a personal statement.