Research in Architecture, Construction and Surveying (MRes/MPhil/PhD)

1. Overview

There is a high degree of collaboration, between disciplines and with industry and professional or public bodies, in the research that is undertaken in the area of Architecture, Construction and Surveying.

The Scott Sutherland School provides access to excellent IT facilities, including high definition 3D scanning, and has a strong track record undertaking materials science research. Research students are located together with the research community to encourage peer support and are fully included in research seminars, debates and other activities.

2. What you will study

Research Areas

The University can offer Architecture, Construction and Surveying research degrees in the following broad areas:

Innovation in Housing

  • Assessment of sustainability in housing
  • Energy and the physical performance of buildings and building elements
  • Attitudes, perceptions and social sustainability

 IT in Construction and Design

  • IT Applications within the design and evaluation of built environments
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Computerised modelling and visualisation
  • User involvement and decision support within planning and design
  • IT in conceptual design
  • User engagement in design

Project Management in Construction

  • Improving the design, construction and performance of built environments
  • Project management process and the optimum operation of the team
  • Organisational, contractual and asset management arrangements
  • Implementation of life cycle costing

Design and Theory

  • Urban design
  • Avant-garde design
  • Discourse in architecture relating to sustainability
  • Analytical research with a focus on architectural history

Built Heritage

  • Architectural auditing of historic buildings
  • 3D scanning of historic buildings
  • Recording of vernacular structures.

3. Entry requirements

Normal entry requirements are a first or upper-second class honours degree from a university in the United Kingdom or overseas, or a degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University.

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD, with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Masters degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal and clear evidence of research expertise.

To study successfully for a research degree at Robert Gordon University, it is essential that you can speak and write English fluently. Without this ability you will find great difficulty in undertaking the work expected of a postgraduate research student. The minimum standard required for research degree provision will be an English Language competency score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, as set in Schedule 2.1 of Regulation A2: Admission.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,052 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,435 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,130 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,996 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,400 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,650 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,590 per academic year

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,750 per academic year

Part-time

  • £8,250 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,340 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,140 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £ 2,297 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £3,828 per academic year

Part-time

  • £2,297 per academic year

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,900 per academic year

Part-time

  • £7,740 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £ 1,700 year part time

International Students

  • £12,600 year full time
  • £7,560 year part time

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

5. How to apply

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:

  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)
  • For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English -Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking). Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement

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(MRes/MPhil/PhD)

Start date

September/January

Course length

MRes: Full-time 1 year / Part-time 21 months PhD: Full-time 3 years / Part-time 42 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781