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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 21000 per year
Manchester is a great place to study architecture. The city is a showcase for recent regeneration and historic context, much of which has been designed with the involvement of our graduates, who are highly valued by the sector for their confidence and creativity.
The city's rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engages directly with our leading-edge design practice. The ongoing regeneration of the city centre is seen as an international exemplar, recognising the value of high quality design, together with innovative and pragmatic approaches to resolving practical issues.
In year one, you will gain an understanding of architectural history and theory. It covers foundational principles in space-making, material expression, brief-writing, contextual research, and the role of humanities in the design process. A series of studio design projects and skills workshops will develop your architectural creative process and the year culminates with events jointly undertaken with second and fifth year students.
In year two, the multi-layered nature of the design process is explored and urban theory and specialised sustainability knowledge is applied to design projects, transforming the aesthetic concepts of first year into the techno-cultural strategies used by professionals. You'll develop an increased awareness of architecture in a variety of contexts and improve your design processes and critical thinking skills.
In year three, you will begin to formulate your individual position on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The third year is organised around a themed 'atelier' system, each atelier applies a particular design methodology to an extended urban project which lasts the entire year. The course culminates with an assessed self-build exhibition.
Grades AAA. Mixture of science/maths and humanities/arts subjects preferred. Many candidates offer Art/Art related A levels - but it is not essential. Applicants often mix arts and science subjects such as Art, Maths and a language, but Maths, Physics and Chemistry is perfectly acceptable, as would be History, English and Religious Studies. However, candidates who combine, for example, Fine Art & Design and Technology for two of their three A Levels or who offer sports-science or similar put themselves at a disadvantage.
General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer.
Two AS-levels will not be accepted in place of one A-level.
We do not require a pass in the Science Practical Assessment.
We do not accept 2 AS levels in place of one A level.
Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer
General Studies is normally excluded from a standard offer.
Unit grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
A good range of subjects at GCSE including English and Maths at Grade C (Grade 4 in the newly reformed GCSEs in England).
Applied GCSE Mathematics courses are not accepted.
Key Skills qualification
The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
32 points overall. 6,6,6 at Higher Level.
Students whose first language or language of instruction is not English will be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English by achieving scores in English Language Tests as follows: An overall score of 6.5 at IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-section below 6.0; TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections, Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in the written section and 51 in all other subsections, Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE grade C (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable.)
English language test validity
Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Grades A1, A1, A1, A1 at Highers. Other combination of grades will also be considered.
Grades A, A, A, A, A. Please see A Level entry requirements for subject specific requirements.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Grades A, A, A. Please see A Level entry requirements for subject specific requirements.
Grade A in the Welsh Baccalaureate core is acceptable in combination with 2 A Levels at grade A. Please see A Level entry requirements for subject specific requirements.
Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements
The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website .
BTEC Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in either Humanities or Science subjects with a minimum grade of Distinction, Distinction, Distinction. A BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design on its own will not be considered as meeting our entry requirements.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma with a minimum grade of Distinction Distinction plus grade A in one A levels.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma with a minimum grade of Distinction plus grade A in two A levels.
Please see A Level entry requirements for subject specific requirements.
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diplomas in Humanities/Science subjects will be considered acceptable. Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at level 3. Minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. GCSE in English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above are also required. Applicants will have to demonstrate their creative and visual awareness by the submission of a digital portfolio (via a blog) on request. We also consider other factors, such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A Levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.
Advanced Diplomas in Environmental & Land Studies; Construction & the Built Environment; Engineering will be considered acceptable, with an overall Grade B + A @ A Level (ASL). The A Level subject (ASL) can be any Arts/Humanities or Science A Level. If predictions for Advanced Diploma are satisfactory, applicants will be asked to submit a small sample of artwork - to assess creative ability and visual awareness. Applicants may, therefore, wish to consider an art & design A Level as their ASL; and if they do not have a formal qualification in art, we will accept self-motivated artwork.
Non-standard educational routes
UK based mature applicants will be asked to attend an interview as an additional supportive mechanism - as many candidates feel their applications contain gaps caused by less formal career paths; and their qualities are often revealed through face to face conversation. Applicants will be asked to bring their portfolios to the interview.
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Other entry requirements
Because Architecture at Manchester is a design-oriented course most candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio. After an initial assessment of the UCAS application form, we will email suitable candidates to request a digital portfolio, via a blog with a deadline of approximately 4 weeks from receipt of the email. Applicants will be provided with a brief on how to create the digital portfolio and the required portfolio elements.
Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.
The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.
Aigerim Kussainova, MSc Human Resource Development
I graduated from one of the leading Universities of Kazakhstan - The Eurasian National University (2008). My Bachelor degree in Regional Studies (International Relations) and six years work experience in NGO sector in the field of training and leadership development helped me to get the "Bolashak" scholarship. Human resource development initiatives in Kazakhstan are increasingly being introduced and developed through the government programmes, and the "Bolashak" scholarship is one of these initiatives. With the understanding of Kazakhstan's main development priorities, I decided to study MSc Human Resource Development at The University of Manchester, within the Institute for Development, Policy and Management (IDPM). It provides excellent resources, studio facilities, workshops, and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere to encourage and facilitate productive research and study.
The Human Resource Development module guided by the talented and experienced scholars is exciting and interesting. Every lecture is a good opportunity to understand the globalisation processes and critically analyze the policy initiatives and development agenda associated with the well-being of people. Core models cover various significant areas and themes such as globalisation, HRD strategic interventions at organization and societal levels, Knowledge Management, Organization Development, Training and Development, Managing Quality, and Politics and Development.
The most valuable experience for me was the understanding of the importance of the gender development issues in developing countries. Through the process of globalisation, the world has become more open, more diverse, and closer, and as a result, gender inequality is not just an issue for feminists. Gender inequality is not about the development of women, it is about the development of the society. Consequently, gender development strategies as part of broader issues such as poverty problems and sustainable development are one of the key components for the prosperity of all nations within the global arena.
The encouraging environment of the school, and the courses offered by the programme have provided tremendous opportunities for me to develop and prepare myself for the challenges that lie at the beginning of my career. I strongly believe that knowledge gained from the University of Manchester will be useful for the developing country I belong to and will be a great advantage to my personal and career development.
Alexia Rogers-Wright, Environmental Governance MSc
I did my undergraduate degree in Geography at Manchester and loved the city and the department so wanted to stay on afterwards. I have always been interested in the interactions between the human and physical world, issues like climate change, conservation, sustainable development and flood risk. I have also always been interested in international development and global environmental governance issues.
I chose this particular course because it allowed a large amount of freedom for students to choose their own modules from almost anywhere (within reason) in the university (which is huge). This meant that this flexibility would allow me to follow my interests in both of these fields, rather than being forced to choose one over the other.
The course has definitely lived up to my expectations: I received a good grounding in the basics theories upon which environmental governance is based, as well as being able to explore the subjects I enjoyed in more detail.
The core modules were assessed in a variety of ways (presentations, seminar contribution, teamwork, problem-based learning) to help students build on all their communication skills, rather than just essay writing. This forced me to think about information and problems in a different way, which kept me on my toes!
I have just started an ESRC CASE PhD at the University of Hull, looking at the flood risk in the city and the flood event that took place in summer 2007, in which Hull was the worst hit area in the country.
The core modules I followed as part of the course covered all the major theories and schools of thought in Environmental Governance and prepared me very well for this - I frequently find myself referring back to my notes now!
I would recommend the course because of the flexibility it offers students to pursue their own interests over the course of the year. The standard of all teaching was excellent and so was the atmosphere amongst the students.
Jessica Hawkins, PhD in Development Policy and Management
I am currently in the second year of a PhD in Development Policy and Management in IDPM, having previously studied an MA here in International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction and a BA in European Studies with German and Italian at Lancaster University. My research is focused on the application of a theory of social power to Ugandan state formation processes, providing a macro-historical sociological study of state development. My research will involve the use of secondary sources and archives both here in the UK and also in Uganda, spending around four months on fieldwork during summer 2012. In preparation for my empirical work I have been able to take modules on research methods including Working with Memory, Archival Research and Elite Interviews. As part of the overall personal development process for the PhD, I have also taken a number of additional skills training courses including Graduate Teacher Training and thesis management.
Since commencing the PhD, I have had the opportunity to teach BA and MA tutorials in IDPM and in the Sociology department, which has developed my academic skills for the future. The PhD process has also enabled me to become part of the wider research community at Manchester, such as being a member of specific research groups and taking part in workshops and conferences; giving me the opportunity to gain feedback on my work from academics and fellow PhD students other than my supervisors. Furthermore, these opportunities have improved my confidence when talking about my research.
The PhD process at Manchester is well structured, providing students with clear goals and targets along with the necessary supervisory support, whilst at the same time, enabling us to follow our own research agendas and interests, within the broad remit of the institute.
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