Architecture and Urbanism MA

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  • MA Architecture and Urbanism, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 8580 per year
  • MA Architecture and Urbanism, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1430 per 30 credit module
  • MA Architecture and Urbanism, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year

What makes this course different

Extensive skills

This is a new, unique course involving theory and practice, design and fabrication. See what you can expect from this course and examples of student work in our brochure.

Industry links

You will have superb opportunities to benefit from a number of professional links with renowned practitioners working or collaborating with UEL, such as Gold Medal winning C+S Italian architectural practice, Article 25, Buro Happold, Cundall, Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw.

Great facilities

Our course offers the chance to materialise your ideas and integrate fabrication within the design process using our cutting edge manufacturing facilities including an ABB robotic arm, CNC milling, Laser cut and 3D printing.

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This course is ideal if you are a practitioner or recent graduate wishing to diversify your knowledge of built environment disciplines. It will:

  • Help you shift your architectural practice into a new field or direction.
  • Give you a better understanding of contemporary practice within European and global contexts and help you develop your critical design or writing and thinking skills.
  • Offer you specialised expertise that could help to take your career in an upward, and perhaps different, direction.
  • Give you the opportunity to expand your network of contacts, getting in touch with globally renowned practitioners, manufacturers, and researchers.
  • If you are considering further study, the course will provide an ideal route towards PhD-level work.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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The education I received at UEL contributed to the development of my knowledge and vision in the field of architecture. Thanks to workshops and fabrication labs, I gained skills in technical and practical terms. MA Architecture and Urbanism helped me to develop an invaluable professional network by exposing my work to international architects who are always invited as guest critics. Thanks to the connections and new skills I gained at UEL M+A, I found a job at Zaha Hadid Architects immediately after graduation. I will try to develop what I have learned at the MA within a professional work environment."
Murathan Alp Ozok

MA Architecture and Urbanism

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The Masters is structured in three terms which will explore a holistic approach to digital architecture and urban design following the "systemic design" paradigm which uses advanced methods of concept generation, context analysis, programmatic control, and performance assessment to achieve a high level of multidisciplinary design coordination.

You will study two taught theory modules, each worth 30 credits, and a practical module worth 60 before proceeding to your concluding thesis. The thesis submission will focus on the manufacturing process of a large-scale component or a physical model of the building/master plan.  It will include a written dissertation to complement your studies with a critical reflection on processes and choices made along the course. 

To view the work of our students, please visit our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

How you'll learn

You will explore digital design as a collaborative journey, learning how to control inter-disciplinary dynamics that are occurring in contemporary architectural practices and are the key to a successful design. Advanced 3D software and BIM processes will be taught and implemented as the backbone of the research.

The course will be led by Dr Fulvio Wirz,  MA Programme leader at UEL and former Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects with Barbara Zandavali (MArch at the Barlett School of Architecture) who will provide specialized support on digital fabrication processes. 

UEL staff includes celebrated practicing architects such as Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Maria Segantini, partner of C+S Architects, Tony Fretton, principal of Tony Fretton Architects, and Katherine Clarke, partner of Muf.

The Digital Fab Lab
The course is developed in synergy with UEL Digital Fabrication Lab, a cutting-edge facility including an ABB robotic arm, CNC, laser cut, and 3D printing. All digital tools will be available across the year to support students' research. During the final term, students will be asked to develop and manufacture a large-scale (up to 1:1) component/ assembly of their project.   
The course will enhance your career and provide an ideal base from which you could choose to go on to doctoral study.

How you will be assessed

The two taught modules are assessed through an essay/report and design portfolio and by your contributions to seminar discussions and design exercises. The work culminates in your master's thesis which will focus on the digital fabrication of parts of the projects developed across the year.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.