Course fees (figures quoted are for 2016 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £9,000 (Pre-September 2012 starters - £3,465. Please see Finance and Fees section for more details.)
Home cost per credit: Part-time fees £6, 750 / annum (Pre-Sept 2012 starters - £21.80 / credit)
International full time annual tuition fee: £12,360

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Course type


Master of Architecture


Liverpool School of Art and Design

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The Liverpool School of Art and Design, supported by experts in this academic field, offers you a development opportunity to creatively engage in a truly interdisciplinary and project-orientated architectural study.

  • Course offered full time (2 years) and part time (4 years)
  • A long standing and nationally respected programme that has been fully validated and externally accredited for over 40 years
  • Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter
  • Internationally excellent research informs the curriculum and underpins teaching
  • Postgraduates are highly sought after by employers and over 95% are in work or further study six months after graduation

The MArch is very well structured and flows well from the undergraduate degree

​Krupal Patel, graduate

I'd come to Liverpool to study MArch because being based in the John Lennon Building means not only do you have the use of good modern facilities, but you also get to mix with students from different courses who can influence your work.

​Dionne Barrett, graduate and Architectural Assistant at AT Architects

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool School of Art and Design has been synonymous with developing cutting-edge, thoughtful art and design practice since its earliest inception as the Liverpool Mechanics Institute in 1825.

Your postgraduate study will benefit from the tutelage of an academic team that was recognised in the 2014 REF as being internationally excellent, and our programmes are designed and delivered to advance your work to a new level of development.

As a modern civic university we have unrivalled knowledge of our UNESCO recognised and culturally significant home city, and we are passionate about Liverpool’s immense potential.

As a student of Architecture, based in Liverpool, a truly global city, means you have an unrivaled opportunity to develop your creative links with the rest of the world. We are positioned at one of the world’s Atlantic Gateways, and we hope that the projects supported by our teaching and research of global urban design practice, offer a primer for discussions about innovative urban futures. We aim to produce the Architects that strive to realise imaginative urban visions from an outward looking city steeped in culture, history and heritage.

Why study this course at LJMU?

This course is an essential step in your education and career as an Architect.

The programme of study is thoughtfully balanced to address the creative and technical demands of the architectural profession.

Taught principally through a studio environment that is underpinned and informed by lectures and workshops, the over-arching ambition of the programme is to create graduates with artistic flair, and who are technically skilled and grounded in the demands of the professional role of the architect.

The learning and teaching environment is progressively informed by research in pedagogy in the creative field. While teaching the curriculum, the programme also develops less tangible skills in students, such as communication, presentation and self-motivation; a key ambition is to create independent thinkers, adept at resolving problems with creativity and originality.

As well as providing a framework of expertise for your studies and being located in a UNESCO recognised city of cultural significance, LJMU also offers a number of overseas workshops that enable you to undertake design work in new territories and contexts. Recent workshops have taken place in Porto, Marseille, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Essen & Duisburg.

We also have Erasmus staff and student mobility agreements with FH Joanneum University of Applied Science in Graz, Austria and Pecsi Tudomanyegyetem, Pecs, Hungary. We regularly host symposia and conferences, for example: Starchitecture on the Mersey? a civic symposium and Housing – A Critical Perspective.

Each year, two of our postgraduate students are put forward for the RIBA medal’s award, and the collection of student work is published in a catalogue. The variety of work and creative freedom seen in these projects demonstrates the expertise of our alumni.

Programme outline and structure

Architecture offers a uniquely holistic programme of education, spanning various fields of study from the worlds of art and the humanities, science and technology, management, practice and law.

The MArch focuses on sustained scholarly activity, underpinned by the research interests of staff engaged in Urbanism and identifying the value of design thinking and practice in new urban contexts. It addresses questions around engagement with dwelling, health and well-being and public space, in a range of contexts driven by potential strategies for designing our way into a sustainable future.

The first year of the programme introduces contemporary urban design theories and international best practice. Locating project work in Merseyside or abroad, you are encouraged to engage with cultural organisations, regional stakeholders and statutory authorities to produce creative, socio-economically engaged architectural proposals.

You then follow strands of enquiry around dwelling in the city and undertake a yearlong Specialist Study as the basis for your research proposal.

The final year of the MArch offers opportunities for more in-depth explorations, emanating from group urban studies. Ambitions for comprehensive building design projects develop from an analysis of and intuitive response to place.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

  • Theory & Research 1
  • Specialist Study
  • Urban Design Project 1
  • Architectural Design ProjectTheory & Research 2
  • Urban Design Project 2
  • Thesis Project
  • Management, Practice & Law

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.


Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The course is project oriented. You will develop design ideas in the studio, guided by semester tutors and, at regular intervals, by joint review panels of design tutors and external critics, who will comment on your progress.

Teaching is intensive and you learn by one-to-one and group discussions and regular presentations of work, so that continuous group and self-assessment is built in.

Technical workshops explore environmental, structural and constructional aspects of your design projects.

For news, events, course information and student work and staff research please visit our blog.

Staff research interests

The Liverpool School of Art and Design has a research culture rooted in collaboration with national and international partners in the fields of art, design and architecture.

Our work is concerned with understanding and augmenting the role and significance of art and design within the broader concerns of the regional and global economy. It also aims to strengthen the visibility and impact of art and design in Liverpool.

Research takes place in relation to the areas of art, design, architecture and related pedagogy. Researchers in the School write books and academic papers; stage, curate and participate in exhibitions; engage in consultancy; produce artefacts and publish in a broad range of other media.

All School staff engage in research to develop the curriculum and ensure that our programmes maintain their relevance within the contemporary context of art and design practice and theory. Increasingly this research achieves national and international recognition through exhibition and publication.

We have a number of students undertaking Doctoral studies, some of whom are working on collaborative research projects with organisations such as RIBA North, Tate Liverpool, Bluecoat, Liverpool Biennial and FACT. Senior staff from all of these and other organisations, including Arts Council England and the RIBA, contribute towards the strategic development of our research through membership of an advisory board.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants should have completed a first degree (minimum award 2:2) in Architecture.

Students with first degrees without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption should be aware that the MArch awards exemption from RIBA / ARB Part 2 only. If you wish to register as an Architect in this country or become an RIBA Chartered architect you will have to acquire RIBA / ARB Part 1 separately.

Assessment of suitability to the course may also be undertaken by review of a portfolio of work and an interview.

We are committed to the University's policy on equal opportunities and welcome applications from minority and disadvantaged groups.

We welcome overseas applicants and normally require overseas applicants to show evidence of academic achievement equivalent to UK entry qualifications.

Overseas applicants whose first language is not English are required to have attained a recognised English Language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (minimun of 5.5 in each component).

Application and selection

We are looking for students with an enthusiasm for design, who wish to engage in the debate on the future of the built environment.

You should have a willingness to read around the subject widely.

You should be willing to gain first hand experience of buildings, towns and cities and possess the following essential qualities:

  • Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays and projects.
  • Analytical skills, so that you can critically assess your own work and the work of others.
  • IT skills, as you will be expected to develop and submit project work using a wide range of specialist software applications.
  • Communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to tutorials and host presentations.
  • Time management skills, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis.
  • Team-working skills, as you will have to work closely with others.

Tips and advice on writing your personal statement

Take your time with your personal statement. It is an important part of your application form. This is the part of the form that will make you stand out as an individual. Organise your main achievements and interests into bullet points before you start completing it.

Summarise why you have chosen the course(s) for which you are applying and link between your present and proposed course(s).

Keep the statement brief and to the point. Don’t fall into the trap of including common interests such a socialising and reading. You should strive to make your statement personal. Think about things that you have done that are unique.

Make sure that you include any work experience that you have had (this includes part-time and holiday work) particularly if this relates to your chosen field of study. We are looking for evidence of commitment and team-working skills, so give us details of these.

Remember: we will consider your application not only on your exam grades but also on the strength of your personal statement and references. We may invite you in for an interview or ask you to complete a piece of work if we believe your exam grades do not accurately reflect your ability and potential. Remember that a good application form could even make up a shortfall in your exam grades and help secure your place at LJMU.

What happens next?

If you are from the UK or EC and meet the application criteria, you will receive a letter requesting that you attend an interview to which you should bring your full academic portfolio. This will also include an opportunity to meet academic staff and current students, as well as a tour of LJMU facilities. International students will receive confirmation of their offer from the International Office, along with details on accommodation, fees and other important information.

Applications will be considered together in March and short-listed applicants will be invited to interview in April. Applications received prior to this date will be held on file until shortlisting takes place.

If you are applying from overseas, a decision will be made based on your application form and portfolio in the first instance, with the possibility of a Skype interview being required.  


LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Full-time Home and EU students who started Part 1 before September 2012 will be treated as continuing students and will be charged £3,465, part-time students will be charged £21.40 per credit in the academic year 2014-2015. This is dependant on: 

  • you continuing to study in the UK 
  • the gap between Part 1 and Part 2 being no more than three years 
  • you not changing your mode of study (from full-time to part-time for instance)

It is important to remember that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning a certain amount. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans.

Sources of funding

Liverpool School of Art and Design Bursaries and study awards

The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers students across all taught postgraduate programmes opportunities to apply for scholarships aimed at broadening student knowledge and experience.

The Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy bursaries consist of a number of £1,000 awards and are open to full-time and part-time home and international students who wish to study for a postgraduate qualification in art and design with LJMU. Part-time applicants can only apply once over the two years of their course.

To be considered for the bursary, you must submit a 500 word letter to after being formally offered a place on a Masters programme in the School of Art and Design. The application deadline has now passed.  Applications are being considered by a panel chaired by the Director of the Liverpool School of Art and Design. 

Please ensure you include your name, contact details, the full title of the course you have applied to study on and 500 words stating why you should be awarded the scholarship, the benefits it will bring to your studies and any exceptional circumstances you face in studying for a postgraduate qualification. Further information for international students about finance, fees and scholarships can be found here.

The School's main travel bursary for existing students, The Susan Cotton Travel Awards, consists of three European Awards of £1,400 and two International Awards of £2,200. The awards are intended to help you undertake significant domestic or international travel in support of your work and personal development. The awards aren't necessarily about academic study, instead they focus on the spirit of travel and adventure. Previous winners of the bursary have travelled to a tropical island to experience life at its most basic, cycled the length of the Danube, spent a month in Morocco and inter-railed through Europe.

Postgraduate loans

The Government recently announced that it would be launching a new postgraduate student loan scheme from 2016 onwards. These new loans are expected to provide funding of up to £10,000 for new postgraduates under the age of 30 enrolling on taught Masters degrees. Details on eligibility criteria, repayment plans and how to apply for these loans have not yet been announced but will be published on the LJMU website as soon as these details are released.

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

Graduates of this programme gain exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 2 examinations. This qualification is essential if you want to become a registered architect and Chartered. Once you have passed the ARB/RIBA Part 3 exams, you can practice in any EU or commonwealth country and many other countries outside the EU.

Many of our graduates have secured employment at world-class practices throughout the UK and further afield. Some have remained in the city of Liverpool, contributing to its evolution by taking key roles in leading practices that have reshaped the city over the last decade.

If, after graduating, you choose not to go down the route of becoming a registered Architect, many other careers are open to you. Past graduates have pursued successful careers as project managers, property developers, building contractors, furniture designers, lighting designers, architectural visualisation artists and journalists.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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