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Cambridge University, MPhil (B) Environmental Design in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Pt2)

Course focus: Design studio modules-Technical-Theory-Planning/Policy/Sustainable Development-Building Performance Modelling-Urban Design || Design studio: YES || Fees: £5,799/ £20,385 (EU/Overseas)

Course director: Ingrid Schroeder
Course founded: 2008
Colleges providing course: All
Duration: 2 years full-time
Intake: 15 students
Student profile: 100 per cent architects; 20 per cent international

Distinctive feature: The MPhil (B) option combines a graduate research degree with a professional Part 2 qualification and practice based learning. As a research-based degree, its principal output is the design thesis, a rigorous piece of design research. The course lasts two years, including a year of placement learning in an approved architect’s practice, which commences after the second residential term. Candidates return for a third and final term of study to complete the thesis.

Director comment: The course is particularly challenging in that it expects students to engage in original and cutting-edge academic research, and develop and respond to this in the context of a detailed design proposition that meets all RIBA/ARB Part 2 criteria. The opportunity to explore ‘design research’ activities, both in an academic context but also in practice for 9 months of income earning experience during the degree, ensures the work can respond to real-world challenges at a high intellectual level.

Student comment: I am thoroughly enjoying the input and materials we are being given to examine and learn from. The level is very good both as the teaching is concerned but also with respect to fellow students and peers. The themes that have been selected are exceptional in their potency to create motivation for young architects. The content of the course in my view presents exactly the sort of exposure a student of architecture at that level needs to be engaged in. Cambridge is the only place offering this opportunity to study architecture in its full technical depth at Part 2 level.

Career opportunities: architectural practice

Entry requirements: qualification with exemption from RIBA part 1 at 1st class or high 2.1

Admissions contact: Dr Nichola Tooke,, 01223 332958

Tuition: £5,799/ £20,385 first year full-time (EU/Overseas); £4,079/£11,372 second year full time (EU/Overseas) Note: You will be required to guarantee a total of 21 months maintenance



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