MSc in Architecture

London South Bank University

Programme Description

MSc in Architecture

London South Bank University

MSc Architecture is a specialized programme designed to develop the digital design and practical manufacturing skills. It builds on the ethos of rigorous and directed design studio tuition of LSBU’s established RIBA part 1 and 2 degrees. It also emphasizes the value of detailed and analytical research and the expression of this through structured extended writing.

You’ll extend your understanding of advanced architectural design and progressive contextual urbanism through studio- and workshop-based projects. Tutorials in the design studio and analogue and digital workshops, as well as instruction in advanced design software, will help you define and enhance your personal response to architectural challenges.
The course connects 2D and 3D representations (drawing and physical modelling) with an understanding of digital fabrication and manufacturing, and you’ll have the opportunity to develop and make architectural components using the onsite facilities of the DARLAB (Digital Architecture and Robotic Lab).
You’ll also consider architectural history and theory, and evaluate this to develop your own position in the form of an extended written project on a subject of your choice. For your final design project, you'll develop a proposition for a complex building or buildings, drawing together all your learning to highlight the relationships between theory, design, and technology.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus


  • Advanced digital design techniques
  • Integrative technologies: robotic manufacturing
  • Design 1: research
  • History and theory: critical thinking
  • Architecture and theory: dissertation
  • Technology: technical thesis
  • Design 2: synthesis


All design modules are subject to continuous assessment:

  • Design tutors monitor design scheme proposals throughout the semester, and collectively moderate assessments at each semester’s end;
  • Individual feedback on design project proposals is provided at every individual studio tutorial;
  • An evaluative, critical summary of design projects is provided at all final presentations

Provisional grades are given at the end of semester 1, with all students offered opportunities to review, revise, and add to their design project submissions:

  • A written and illustrated project report examining aspects of environmental technology;
  • A major extended written and illustrated assignment (dissertation) on a subject of personal interest related to architecture, and using primary and secondary sources;
  • Workshop-based fabrication and design projects;
  • A written and illustrated technology report examining aspects of the constructional, environmental, and material implications of the major design project.


  • Digital design and practical manufacturing skills are applicable to and sought after in a very broad range of employment opportunities in architecture and other design-related activities, including visualization, gaming, animation, media, production engineering, and industrial design.
  • The course is not intended to lead to a professional qualification, although it reflects the criteria and graduate attributes used by RIBA to deliver their validation services to programmes in architecture.
  • Curriculum developed to reflect (but not meet) professional and statutory body requirements.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Digital Architecture Robotic Lab

This advanced digital manufacturing robotic lab is designed for high-quality research, as well as developing commercial applications for architecture, and features a Kuka robotic arm that can produce architectural components.

Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

This £2.8million facility is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for renewable and intelligent energy solutions.

The Architecture Studios

The Architecture Studio space at London South Bank University (LSBU) has inspirational views across London and is used on our undergraduate and postgraduate architecture degree courses.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in our dedicated Masters level studios, and makes use of LSBU’s specialist workshops; the Digital Architecture Robotic Laboratory, and Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings.

You'll learn in a variety of formats including structured lecture programmes, 1:1 tutorials, small and large group seminars, and interim and final design juries with tutors and invited guests present.

Entry requirements

  • First degree in Architecture (2:1 or better) from an international university, which is validated by a recognized national or regional body; or
  • First degree in Architecture (2:1 or better) from a RIBA recognized programme based outside the UK, which is validated as equivalent to RIBA part 1; or
  • An excellent first degree in architecture from a RIBA recognized programme based in the UK, which offers the RIBA part 1 professional award; or
  • Exceptionally, an excellent first degree in a design-based subject closely related to architecture. The school is committed to a policy of inclusivity and opportunity, each application and applicant will be considered on the merits of their wish to learn, and to explore architecture at higher degree level.

Suitable applicants to the course will usually be interviewed with their degree portfolio to understand their specific interests in architecture and disciplines related to architecture and explore their further ambitions in architectural education.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
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8,700 GBP
UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125.
United Kingdom - London, England
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