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How to apply for the MPhil Degree in Architecture and Urban Design

Course requirements:

Candidates accepted for this course will have a 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in architecture.

Candidates accepted for this course will usually have a Part 1 qualification prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at a first class or high 2i level. Candidates are encouraged to take a year out but this is not mandatory.

Candidates without Part 1 status are encouraged to contact the Department before making an application in order to determine whether they are eligible. 

For further information email:  grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview in Cambridge with their portfolio.

The University requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. Adherence to this requirement is strict, especially for candidates on one-year courses. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject. You will, therefore, need to provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum requirements for competence in English. For further information see the Graduate Admissions Office.

How to Make an Application for the MPhil in Architecture & Urban Design:

If you do meet the course requirements, you are recommended to make a formal application via the Applicant Portal available on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application. If you are already a current graduate student at Cambridge you will be referred to as a ‘Continuer’ on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

You will need to arrange for the following documents to be submitted with your application:

  • Academic Reference(s) 
  • A Personal Reference will be required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship 
  • Transcript 
  • Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language 
  • Sample of Work - this could be a journal publication or a chapter from your undergraduate dissertation 
  • Research Proposal of 1000 - 1500 words for a design thesis.  This should consist of a topic and a hypothesis, a literature review, a statement on method, and key references.  Please note that we can only host design theses which relate to the following areas:  explorations into strategies for resilience (environmental, socio-economic and cultural), approaches to civic engagement, and the study of fabrication techniques.  In each case students are expected to focus on either urban planning measures, the structure of neighbourhoods or institutions, or to examine and promote direct action in the form of 1:1 built structures, public engagement exercises or forms of performance and exhibition. 
  • An extract from your design portfolio (maximum 10 A4-size or approximate equivalent reductions) You must upload this document using the 'Course-specific materials' category.  Please upload a maximum of 10 A4 pages of work via your self-service pages. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A HARD-COPY OF YOUR PORTFOLIO - we can only assess portfolios uploaded via your self-service pages

Application Deadlines:

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 6 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office

Funding:

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition. Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for application deadlines. 

Please note that candidates for this course (which is not considered to be a 'research track' masters course) who are considered 'Home' for fees purposes are not eligible for most funding competitions managed by the University. Home students usually fund themselves and take out a loan from the Student Loans Company.

Any full-time student eligible for Home/EU fees who started their Part 1 course before 1 September 2012 will be treated as an existing student for the duration of the course and will be subject to different fees from those listed above. This will be the case even if they switch institutions between Part 1 and Part 2 as long as they remain in the UK,  do not change their mode of study (eg from full to part-time), and do not have a gap of more than 3 years after completing Part 1. Contact grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk if you think that you may be eligible to be charged 'old regime' fees.

After your Application is Submitted

When the application reaches the Department, it will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Team. Some applications will be declined at this point and some applicants will be invited to attend an interview in Cambridge, or, via Skype if it is not possible to travel to Cambridge.  Interviews will take place on Friday mornings during February in Cambridge. Following the interview, the Faculty’s Degree Committee will then consider the application and make a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office as to whether an offer of a place on the course should be made, and if so, with what academic conditions.

Please be aware that this process may take several months. You can check the status of your application at any time via your Applicant Portal.

Full information about making your application, fees and funding opportunities is provided on the Graduate Admissions Office website pages.

For further information on visiting the Studio and/or graduate admission to the Department of Architecture contact: Grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk

 

 

At a Glance

Course length and dates:

Two years full-time, October start.  Not available on a part-time basis.

Examination:

Four essays or equivalent exercises of 3,000 - 5,000 words and a design thesis (written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words and a design project.

Academic requirement:

A 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in architecture.

English language requirement:

See Graduate Admissions Office 

Applications accepted from:

The preceding September.

Application Deadlines:  

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office.   

Funding:

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines. 

Please note that candidates for this course (which is not considered to be a 'research track' masters course) who are considered 'Home' for fees purposes are not eligible for most funding competitions managed by the University.  Home students usually fund themselves and take out a loan from the Student Loans Company