Architectural Design Innovation MSc

1. Overview

This course has been designed specifically to prepare professionals for work in the global field of architecture, equipping you with skills and knowledge that enable you to develop innovative yet contextually appropriate solutions to challenges of major consequence and complexity.

The course combines strategic tools such as urban design for the 21st century city, low energy design, digital design and BIM, advanced project management and visualisation skills. It prepares graduates and practitioners to become leaders and innovators in contemporary practice – through design and application, the development of breadth and depth of knowledge in an area of contemporary relevance/challenge. Career options include working in Architecture firms or various other parts of the AEC industry acting as strategic designers or champions of design within multi-disciplinary teams.

2. What you will study

3. How you will learn

In the Scott Sutherland School, the approach to learning is not instructive, but is centred on discourse and dialogue, and the fertile exchange of ideas and thinking.

You will learn by a mixture of studio-based activity, tutorials, lectures and seminars. The studio space dedicated to the course provides you with an appropriately equipped place to undertake self-directed study and form your own architectonic positions.

Whilst Semester 1 introduces theoretical ideas, and in doing so ensures a common level of understanding across the cohort, Semesters 2 and 3 are predominantly research-focused and are driven by independent learning.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent, in one of the following subject areas: Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Design Management, Sustainable Building Design, Urban Design / Planning
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Submission of a Portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio of their previous design work, or construction projects that they have performed an identifiable individual role within. Where this includes group work, or work undertaken in professional practice / industry, applicants are required to provide the following:

  • A clear explanation of their contribution to the production of the work
  • A clear statement by an appropriate third party of the authenticity and authorship of the portfolio materials. (The third party may be a Tutor, Mentor, or work supervisor / team leader / senior practitioner, for example. Personal contact details, designation and affiliation with the parent institution or organisation, are to be included.)

Normally, a portfolio should display a diversity of work exploring a range of techniques and media, and including architectural or urban design proposals of moderate scale and complexity. Whilst we seek a submission that includes of a range of work, where applicable, design projects produced during the final stages of an applicant's prior learning must be included, (i.e. most recent work).

European and International applicants should present their portfolio, for assessment by the Admission Tutors, via the following modes of communication:

  • JPEG or PDF format files on own website
  • Forwarded by electronic mail

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Student Funding

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Architecture, Construction & Surveying Postgraduate Scholarships page.

International students can apply for Scholarships in their own country

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 .

International Students

  • £12,100 .


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Prospects

On completion of this course, graduates will be equipped with high level innovative tools to tackle complicated architectural problems and be able to work in architecture offices across the world. 

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Start Date

September 2018

Course Length

1 year

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
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