University of Portsmouth
School of Architecture
Portsmouth, GB
University of Portsmouth
School of Architecture
School of Architecture


N 50° 47' 43.29'', E 50° 47' 43.29''
Prof. Oren Lieberman 

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Prof. Oren Lieberman 
Head of school
Degree programmes
Bachelor programme
Postgraduate Course
Master programmes
Faculty profile

The Portsmouth School of Architecture
has at its core the objective of developing
the individual student to become a
member of the architectural profession,
equipped with the necessary skills to enhance
the environment in which we live.
Central to this aim is the need to learn
the relevance of context - both historical
and theoretical, the possibilities that an
awareness of technological opportunities
creates, and the importance of effective
Portsmouth places emphasis on the
nature of precedent as a motivating force
behind design, an awareness of environmental
concerns and the ability of the
architect to adapt to the ever changing
needs of society.

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Admission Requirements

BA Honours: At least 3 ‘A’ levels providing a minimum of 18 points. It is advantageous
to have studied Art and Physics at least to GCSE level (or equivalent). BTEC HND,HNC, GNVQ and Foundation Course students are invited to apply. Each case will be decided on merit.
Diploma in Architecture: An Honours degree in Architecture (normally a minimum of a Lower Second), and RIBA Part 1. Each applicant is assessed by a panel on his or her individual merits for entry to the course.
MSc Architecture and Environment: An appropriate degree or equivalent, or relevant experience.
Master of Architecture: Completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture with RIBA
part 2 exemption and interview relating to specialist field of study

Tuition fees

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Application Deadline

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Bachelor programme, BA Honours Degree in Architecture. 3 years full time. 2 years full time., Bachelor,
Postgraduate Course, Diploma in Architecture. 2 years.or part time., Diploma in Architecture, Postgraduate,
Master programmes, MSc Architecture and Environment. 1 year full time., Master,

Master of Architecture. 1 semester full time.

The undergraduate course covers the
fundamental architectural principles that
are then further explored and developed
in the postgraduate programmes. This
leads to both qualifi cations as a registered
architect and the opportunities to
develop specialisms through our Master
of Architecture courses.
Professional Studies form an integral
part of the Degree and Diploma Course.
This, together with a minimum period
of 24 months supervised work experience
under the RIBA practical training
scheme, leads to the Part 3 Examination
in Professional Practice offered by this
School, success in which is necessary
for a person to be placed on the
Registration Board of the UK register
and to practise under the title ‘Architect’.
The fi rst 12 months of Practical Training
are normally undertaken between the
Degree and Diploma Courses and are
generally referred to as Year 4. The Second
12 months follow the Diploma.

Educational programme
BA Honours Degree in Architecture
Architecture is the art of making the world
habitable, and its study attracts students
from a wide range of backgrounds who
share a commitment to understanding and
improving the human environment. The
practice of architecture requires a rare
combination of creativity, personal enthusiasm,
and technical ability. The three years
of the course provide a broadly based introduction
to the cultural and environmental
context of architec-ture, and a thorough
grounding in the techniques of architectural
design and technology. Studio based
projects, prepared by a team of architect
tutors under the direction of our distinguished
Professor of Architectural Design,
Sir Colin Stansfi eld-Smith, form the core of
each year’s work, occupying at least 50%
of the available time; the remainder of the
curriculum is devoted to formal
teaching by means of lectures, workshops,
and seminars.
Postgraduate Course : Diploma in Architecture
The Diploma in Architecture involves a
further two years of study and is normally
preceded by a year of supervised offi ce
experience.The course aims to empower
students to build confi dently on their
professional and degree experience and
so encourages self motivation through
the provision of a number of special study
interests in the areas of urbanism and environment.
Accordingly, a pathway system
determines the method by which students
combine and direct three vehicles of
study: special study options (including
Urban Housing, Computer Aided Design
and Bio-Climatic Design); dissertation; and
design theses. Supporting the pathway
programme is an initial semester of Diploma
Foundation study comprising courses
in advanced construction and environmental
studies, urban and architectural theory,
and research methods.
A two-part design project also introduces
students to the methods and interests of
the diploma school. Professional studies
are concentrated into the beginning of the
second year of the course. Suitably qualifi
ed students also have the opportunity to
spend up to a year abroad as part of the
School’s extensive exchange programme.
The opportunity also exists to convert
components of the diploma towards an
MSc in Architecture and Environment or
an M Arch.

MSc Architecture and Environment
The course is designed for recent
graduates with a background in the built
environmement who wish to develop
their knowledge and undersatnding of the
infl uence of bioclimatic and related environmental
issues on the building design
and/or develop computer modelling skills.
It should also be of benefi t to a range
of other construction industry graduates
and professionals involved in the design
Curriculum: MSc Architecture and Environment
This programme is intended to enable
participants to develop computing skills
relevant to architecture, and/or to take
an analytical approach to the assessment
of environmental impact of building,
to engage in current debates about the
potential role of micro-climate as a generator
of architectural form and regionalist
expression, and to create environmental
functionality and delight through design.
Students are introduced to a wide variety
of concepts and techniques including
bioclimatic analysis, thermal and luminous
performance simulation and undertaking
case studies.
Master of Architecture
The course is designed for recent graduates
from the part 2 stage of an architecture.
Course who wish to further investigate
their specialist interests in the broad
fi eld ofarchitecture. The course builds on
the preoccupations of such graduates
developed in their diploma studies.
The programme is intended for graduates
who have developed particular areas of
interest during their diplomas course studies.
Accordingly the course builds on the
major key areas of the diploma course;
special study options in year one of the
diploma and the two major areas of study
in the second year of the diploma course,
the dissertation and the thesis design.
The course is designed to enhance the
individual’s abilities in specialist areas in
the context of the changing role of the
architect in society and in respect to the
construction industry.

Key areas PhD studies are:
– The role of computers in design, representation
and co-operative working
– Bio-climatic architectural design
– Buildings energy and environment
– Architectural theory and architectural
education theory developed from cybernetics,
learning and communication

Research is an essential activity for the
faculty. Its schools and departments
offer a range of opportunities to students
wishing to study for research degrees.
Applications to work on individual
projects or to work in association with
established research teams are equally
welcome. Systematic research training is
provided and students may register for
taught postgraduate awards before continuing
to complete an MPhil or a PhD, if