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Architecture, Cities and Urbanism - MA

London Metropolitan University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location


  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Why study this course?

Our Architectural History, Research and Writing MA degree offers an exciting platform for approaching architecture through various topics and stories, as well as styles and methods of writing: academic essays, short journalist-like reviews, reflections and creative writing.

The course is taught by tutors with an active interest in architectural research. It provides a space for thinking about and interpreting architecture in the rich context of allied arts and humanities; fine art, design, film, music, poetry, anthropology, philosophy and ecology all play a part in the interdisciplinary discourse.

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The interdisciplinary nature of this course creates a strong sense of openness. At our School of Art, Architecture and Design you will enjoy access to a rich variety of lectures, workshops and research activities, such as our weekly research seminars.

You will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with students from other MA programmes such as our Architecture RIBA 2 MArch, Architecture MA, and Architecture and Urbanism MA. You will also reap the benefits of the commonly taught dissertation module, in which you will be taught together with our PhD, MPhil and other MA students.

Each tutor brings their own expertise to the course. These include specialist topics in the fields of architectural practice, architectural education, music, filmmaking and creative writing/poetry.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a field trip for first-year architecture students (it usually takes place in mid-late January and typical destinations include Rome, Venice, Florence or Naples). On the trip you will be able to test a field work approach and further your research. You will also have the opportunity to assist in teaching by offering guidance to undergraduate students while there.


You will be assessed on coursework only (no exams). You will produce essays (4,000 words), as well as preparatory work for your dissertation (eg abstract, research methodology, literature review etc, which constitute marked components). You will also deliver presentations of your research in class and write a dissertation (10,000 to 12,000 words).

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University information

London Metropolitan University

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    London Metropolitan University, Admissions Office, 166-220 Holloway Road, City of London, N7 8DB, England

You'll study in the heart of the UK's capital city, home to some of the world's biggest companies and where history and culture are found around every corner.
London Met has a hugely diverse community, with students from more than 140 different nationalities.
Its dedicated international team organises induction events and can advise on immigration issues including visas, work opportunities, family and dependants.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    49th out of 58 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    120 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75.0 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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