Architect Degree Apprenticeship (Master of Architecture and Professional Practice) MArch – Your course starts here


Whether you're starting your Master's degree with us or returning after your first year, we're pleased to welcome you to the University. We hope you enjoyed the summer and are excited to get started.

Welcome message from Professor Trevor Keeble, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

I’m delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth. I’m so pleased that you have chosen to come and study with us and hope that your time at Portsmouth will be challenging, rewarding and fun. I’m very proud to work alongside the many talented people who make up our academic, technical and professional support teams in CCI. We have been working incredibly hard to ensure that your experience as a student in the Faculty is excellent in spite of the challenges that we currently face as a consequence of the pandemic. Things will obviously be done slightly differently to how they have been done before but I know that working safely together, we will thrive. Have a great year. I wish you every success in what you do and hope that your time at Portsmouth is a very happy one.

Jump to your week 1 timetable

Staying safe on campus

We’ll have all appropriate safety measures and a few restrictions in place. And every building will be open in line with Government guidance – including teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library. For more information about how we're ensuring your safety on campus, head to the 'Campus and city life 2020/21' page.

Due to coronavirus, we've made some changes to teaching to keep you safe. You'll take part in most large teaching sessions online. And any face-to-face teaching will be in Eldon Building in small groups with social distancing measures in place. We've set up sanitisation stations across campus, one-way systems in busy areas and protective screens at certain locations.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we may need to make further changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these changes.

International and EU students 

If you're joining us from overseas, find out about our International Orientation events and what you need to do during your first week.

If you can't travel to the UK, or you don't feel safe to travel, your course's first teaching block will be delivered completely online. The majority of Orientation events will also be online, so you'll still be able to get involved in welcome talks and social activities, as well as meet other new students.

Meet your lecturers

We're looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to your first lecture. Below you'll find information of key lecturers who'll teach you during your first teaching block.

Francis Graves (Course Leader)

Available Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm

Find out more about Francis

You'll get your specific module tutors in due course. All details will be available through Moodle.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, staff will continue to work, but will be based at home. If you prefer video conferencing to contact staff, this can be arranged via Google Meet and/or Cisco WebEx.

Meeting and working with other students

You’ll be taught alongside full-time BA (Hons) Architecture students in the first 2 teaching blocks. Refer to the full-time course for further information. 

You’ll be encouraged to form social media groups within your allocated studio groups. Very few students in Architecture come to University with Architecture A level [a variety of subjects covering the arts, sciences and humanities have, generally, been studied prior to university], so we recommend you learn from fellow students and collaborate with them.

You’ll also be using Moodle regularly for your group and individual work, as well as accessing course support materials from staff. You’ll also use it for submissions, marking and feedback. You’ll be given a schedule of submission dates in due course.

All students in year groups (including full-time ones) will be encouraged to engage with each other in face to face lectures and online.   

Welcome from the Head of the School of Architecture

At the School of Architecture you’ll find an inclusive and supportive environment to help you learn and develop during your time at university.

You’ll receive a lot of information in the first couple of weeks. Read your student handbook thoroughly as this will answer many of your questions. You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor as your point of contact for academic and student support issues.

The Administration Office is in Eldon Building. The staff there can deal with your general enquiries while you find your way around and settle in.

Your week 1 timetable

You'll need your student account details to access many of your online induction activities. If you haven't already activated your student account, please activate it now. Your username will consist of 'UP' followed by your student ID number (for example, UP123456).

If you're having problems logging into Your Student View, please contact the Service Desk – call +44 023 9284 7777 or email

Monday 5th October

2.00pm-3.00pm: International Students only Meeting

Synchronous Webinar

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 8900 3054

3.00pm-5.00pm: Repeat Students only Meeting

Online Meeting (email Phevos Kallitsis to arrange a slot)

Tuesday 6th October

10.00am-12.00pm: Course Introduction Year 1


Synchronous Webinar

Year 1 Full-Time Students, Years 1 and 2 Part-Time Students, Years 1 and 2 Degree Apprenticeship Students

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 9805 3038

11.00am-12.00pm: Year 2 Introduction


Synchronous Webinar

Year 2 Full-Time Students, Years 3 and 4 Part-Time Students, Year 3 Degree Apprenticeship Students

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 9805 3038

12.00pm-1.00pm: Degree Apprenticeship Introduction


Synchronous Webinar

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 836 7017 6901

1.00pm-3.00pm: Studio Presentations


Presentations of the 2020/2021 Studios and their agendas for the year.

Synchronous Webinar (session will be recorded)

Years 1 and 2 Full-Time Students, Years 2, 3 and 4 Part-Time Students, Years 2 and 3 Degree Apprenticeship Students

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 7771 5501

3.00pm-4.30pm: Studio Meetings


30 minutes slots with the Studio Leaders for Q&A before you make your bid for your top 3 choices

Use this form to sign up links to the meetings will be available there (after the Studio Presentations)

Wednesday 7th October

5.30 pm Deadline to bid for the top 3 choices for a studio

Use this link to complete the form (it will be available after the Studio Presentations

Friday 9th October


10.00am-12.00pm: Studio Meeting


Eldon West 2.03A, 3.04A and 3.04B or Online

Years 1 and 2 Full-Time Students, Years 2, 3 and 4 Part-Time Students, Years 2 and 3 Degree Apprenticeship Students

For Part Time and Degree Apprenticeship Year 2 students it is optional to join the MArch 1 introduction and the DA presentation 


For Part Time Year3/Year4 students join MArch 2 intro


Degree Apprenticeship Year3 students join MArch 2 presentation and optional for the DA 


PT & DA students (if you are able) join both the studio presentations and meetings on Tuesday and the Friday Studio meetings

Keep in mind that event times and locations might change at short notice.

We recommend you bookmark, favourite or save a link to this webpage so you can revisit it before you arrive and when you're on campus.

Further information

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