Taught Postgraduate and PhD Programmes


The AA Taught Postgraduate Programmes includes nine postgraduate programmes and one PhD programme, offering advanced studies for students with prior academic and professional experience. It is an important part of the larger AA School.

MA/MSc programmes take place over 12 months, beginning with three terms of taught courses concluding in late June. This is followed by an independent writing period prior to the submission of a final dissertation in September. These courses are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case study work related to students' backgrounds.

MArch programmes include two phases of study, undertaken over 16 months. Phase 1 consists of three terms of studiobased design and taught coursework concluding in late June. Following a summer break, all students return in September and commence Phase 2 Thesis Design projects. These are then presented and submitted the following January. MArch courses are open to applicants with a five-year professional degree in architecture.

The MFA and MPhil programmes are similarly divided into two phases of study, with a longer Phase 2 that concludes in March/May of the second year. The MFA programme in Spatial Performance and Design (AAIS) takes place over 18 months and is open to professionals in a number of creative fields who collectively realise projects between architecture, art and performance. The Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities) takes place over 20 months and is open to applicants with a four or five-year degree in architecture (MArch, BArch, Diploma or equivalent).

The AA is a Partner Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of The Open University (OU), UK. All taught postgraduate degrees at the AA are validated by the OU.

Please note, if you are interested in gaining ARB/RIBA Part 2, please see the Experimental and Diploma Programmes Application page and review the details for the Diploma Programme.

MArch

16-month programmes, which are open to applicants with a five-year professional degree in architecture, for Architecture & Urbanism, Design & Make, Emergent Technologies & Design, Housing & Urbanism, Sustainable Environmental Design and Landscape Urbanism.

MSc

12-month programmes in Emergent Technologies & Design, Sustainable Environmental Design, Landscape Urbanism and Design & Make which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case study work related to students' backgrounds.

MA

12-month programmes in History & Critical Thinking, Housing & Urbanism and Spatial Performance & Design, which are open to applicants with professional qualifications in architecture, engineering or other related disciplines. Dissertation projects are expected to combine design research with case-study work related to students' backgrounds.

MFA

18-month programme in Spatial Performance & Design, open to professionals in a number of creative fields who collectively realise projects between architecture, art and performance.

MPhil

20-month Taught MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities) is open to candidates with a four or five-year degree in architecture (BArch, Diploma or equivalent degree)

PhD

Complementing the Masters programmes, the AA PhD programme fosters advanced scholarship and innovative research in the fields of architecture and urbanism through full-time doctoral studies. A new PhD in Architectural Design programme provides a setting for advanced research and learning for architects, designers and other qualified professionals.

Architectural Association is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

The Architectural Association (AA) has been granted the power to award its own degrees. Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards. Therefore, from September 2020 students admitted to the taught postgraduate programmes at the AA will be awarded AA degrees.

Regulations for validated awards of the Open University
Postgraduate Programmes Appeals Procedure
Postgraduate Programmes Complaints Procedure
Safeguarding Policy

Contact

Postgraduate Admissions Team AA School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

T: 020 7887 4067 / 4007
postgraduateadmissions
@aaschool.ac.uk

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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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