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Manchester School of Architecture is an innovative collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester.

Established more than 20 years ago, the MSA draws on extensive teaching and research expertise within both institutions, creating one of the largest architecture schools in the UK.

Our location

Manchester School of Architecture has deep roots in the city, where architects have been educated for more than 100 years.  

The city’s rich tradition and vibrant contemporary architectural scene engage directly with our leading edge design practice.

Our strong regional network is the basis for excellent international academic and professional links, informing our research, teaching and destinations for our graduates.

Our reputation

We're very proud of our international standing and ranking.  MSA has gained a reputation for the variety, vitality and quality of its work and for its students' achievements.

In the QS World University Ranking 2017, Architecture at Manchester was positioned as 6th in the world and 2nd in the UK.

Our resources

We recently unveiled brand-new, purpose-built facilities in the new School of Art building at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Our students are registered at both universities, giving them - and staff - access to an unrivalled set of resources, including libraries, design equipment and project studios.

Specialist practice and research-active lecturers provide a rich and stimulating environment in which to study architecture. This is reflected in appraisals by the professional institutions, the Architects' Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA).