MArch Architecture: Collaborative Practice

Postgraduate Taught Masters (RIBA Part 2)


The MArch Collaborative Practice course gives students the chance to work with some of the country's top architectural practices. It blends practice-based experience with academic research and learning.

About Collaborative Practice

The University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture (SSoA) placed itself at the forefront of architectural education introducing Collaborative Practice Part 2 Architecture course in 2015.

Collaborative Practice is a full time course, which blends a reflective practice based experience with academic research and learning. The route is a 2-year program where year 1 (Year 5 of the architecture route) is based in Practice with the student employed 4 days /week. Year 2 (Year 6 of the Architecture route) is based back in Sheffield. The route has full backing from both professional bodies having achieved both RIBA validation and ARB prescription.

What the course offers

The programme offers a unique route, which places the student at the centre of their learning with the ability to actively engage with and reflect on leading contemporary practice. The nature of the course requires students to be adaptable to their surroundings whilst being engaged communicators in conveying their ideas and approaches to others i.e. clients, users, built environment professionals but also to academic staff, practice mentors and practice directors as well as their peers.
Collaborative Practice now has over 40 leading practices on board. It has been recognised by students, practitioners and academics as offering not only a sustainable alternative to standard models but also empowering students to be at the forefront of future practice.