Reflective Design Practices - MSc by Research

Outline

This one-year, full time programme is for the benefit of anyone in architecture that would like the opportunity to take time out and reflect, from an academic perspective, on his or her own outputs and situation in local and / or international practice. 

It focuses on examining non-textual forms of research output, and their relationship to contemporary debates on design and the built environment, by developing appropriate practice / design-led research.

Programme format

The programme is open to the full range of design-led research, and can be focused to a particular student’s ambitions, including the development of existing work.

Over its duration, you will develop an examinable portfolio of work, consisting of representations of designs, drawings, models, films, constructions and texts (equivalent to 25,000 words). The format of the portfolio can be experimental, for example, taking the form of book, pamphlets, multi-media exhibition and / or film. 

You will work directly with a supervisor selected by mutual agreement from our team of academics, and all School facilities will be available to you, including extensive digital and specific material workshops.

You will be able to work in relation to postgraduate, design-led researchers enrolled in other degree programmes e.g. MArch, MSc Architectural and Urban Design, and PhD Architecture by Design.

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • Students have the opportunity to develop their own design led-research.
  • Students are part of a vibrant postgraduate design-led research community.
  • The programme is focussed on examining the possibilities of non-textual forms of research output, and their relationship to contemporary debates on design and the built environment.
  • By engaging creatively and experimentally with a range of diverse design mediums, students will understand a range of architectural design strategies and their implications for progressing debate on the built environment.
  • It covers the principal positions in debates across a range of design-related fields, and investigates the philosophical underpinnings of the idea of visual- and material-knowledges.

Staff

Dr Dorian Wiszniewski, Programme Director | View staff profile >

This is a research programme. Support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in this School.

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