The study of architecture requires an enquiring and imaginative mind, to analyse and consider new possibilities for buildings that will improve people’s quality of life.

It embodies many issues and challenges: the creation of better places to live, work, and relax; designing buildings and cities that recognise the cultural diversity of the population; proposing ideas that contribute socially and economically to the community; and using imagination and innovation to do all this more responsibly and efficiently for a world with finite resources.

Our MArch Architecture course, which is accredited by the RIBA and ARB, will provide you with the professional and creative skills required for a successful career in architecture. The taught course is complemented by a year's practical experience, allowing you to gain valuable experience of architectural practice. You will also have the fantastic opportunity to travel, whether on study trips to look at the very best of international design or on student exchanges.

Award

BSc/ MArch

UCAS Code

K100

Course Dates

September

Course Length

6 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Architectural Design Studio 1
  • Introduction to Building Technology
  • History and Theory 1. Introduction
    Semester 2
  • Architectural Design Studio 2
  • Building Technology 2
  • History and Theory 2. Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Architecture
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Architectural Design Studio 3
  • History and Theory 3. Baroque to Art Nouveau
  • Environment and Services
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Students studying on campus
  • Architectural Design Studio 4
  • History and Theory 4. Modernity
  • Building Structure and Technology
    Route B - Students undertaking the semester through ERASMUS exchange
  • Study in Europe
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Architectural Design Studio 5
  • Professional Practice
  • Integrated Building Technology 1
    Semester 2
  • Architectural Design Studio 6
  • Integrated Building Technology 2
  • History and Theory 5. The City and Contemporary Architecture
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
    This module is an alternative for students who do not secure a Professional Year out

  • Simulated Professional Practice
    Year 5 -- Semester 1
  • Masters Studio 1 (Unit Research)
  • Research Methods
  • History and Theory 6. Contemporary Architectural ideas and practice
    Semester 2
  • Masters Studio 2 (Scheme Design)
  • Dissertation
    Year 6 -- Semester 1
  • Masters Studio 3 (Integrated Detailed Design)
  • Advanced Building Technology
    Semester 2
  • Masters Studio 4 (Detailed Proposition)
  • Professional Practice and Management
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Elective - Architectural History
  • Elective - Construction
  • Environmental Design
  • Tropical Climate Building Design
  • Product Design
  • Contemporary Issues in Urban Design and Development
  • Landscape
  • Architectural Criticism, Journalism and Publishing
  • Daylight and Sunlight
  • Professional Practice and Management (Malaysia)
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Built Heritage Conservation
  • Design Management
  • Digital Design
  • SQA Higher: ABBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

    GCE A Level: BBC to include Maths or a science and preferably Art. English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) is required at GCSE grade 6/B if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

    IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English), Maths or science and preferably Visual Arts all at grade 5.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Advanced Entry: Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    Portfolio of Artwork: Applicants not possessing a Higher or equivalent qualification in Art (Art & Design and Product Design in Scotland and Art & Design and Design & Technology in England) will be expected to demonstrate evidence of artistic ability and appreciation through a portfolio of artwork.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    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 an 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.

    Professional Experience Year

    One year in salaried employment in year 4, which will ensure you have direct experience within a professional practice.

    Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to follow an exchange programme of study with a partner institution (for one semester in year 5 of the course).

    Professional Accreditation

    This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Our RIBA accreditation is renewed on a five-year cycle and this was unconditionally renewed in 2013. In the UK, the professional accreditation of Architecture courses is divided into three parts:

    • Part 1 awarded after year 3
    • Part 2 awarded after year 6 (inclusive of 1 year of professional experience)
    • Part 3 professional examination is taken post-graduation, following a period in practical training within an architectural practice

    The course is also accredited by the Architects Registration Board.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year.

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year
    • £3,375 for a full placement year.

    International Students

    • £12,450 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year.

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year.

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year
    • £3,375 for a full placement year.

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year.

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year.

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year
    • £3,375 for a full placement year.

    International Students

    • £11,500 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year.

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,600 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,200 per academic year


    Architecture - Additional Course Costs

    Disclaimer

    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

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    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)

    This course enables you to progress to the final professional examination (RIBA Part 3) following a period in practical training. Successful completion of this allows you to become a Registered Architect. Exciting career opportunities exist in architectural practices across the world, in both the private and public sectors. Previous graduates have established their own architectural practices, while others hold senior positions in distinguished design firms and multidisciplinary organisations.

    Watch a short film by RIBA about what an education and career in architecture will involve.

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    Master of Architecture Portfolio Advice

    The discipline of architecture combines art with science. It is fundamentally a creative discipline requiring imagination, vision artistic skills and aesthetic sensibilities, accordingly applicants to the course are asked to demonstrate their aptitude by either certification of this skill or in the preparation of a Portfolio.

    Whilst we recognise that applicants may not be able to take a specific qualification like Art, we do offer students the opportunity to submit a portfolio demonstrating their artistic skills as part of the process. 

    Master of Architecture - Portfolio Advice (PDF 152KB)

    Not all applicants will be required to prepare a portfolio but, for applicants requested to submit a portfolio as a condition of entry, we have prepared an example of a first year Architecture admission portfolio which can be used as guidance in compiling your portfolio. It shows a good range of skills, importantly sketching and free hand drawing. You can, of course, change the format of the presentation, but this is deemed to be a good example for this purpose:

    Architecture Portfolio Example (PDF 5.5MB)

    Submission of Portfolio

    Please send your portfolio, preferably by email to UGOffice@rgu.ac.uk.

    Alternatively please send your portfolio on CD or flash drive to the Admissions Office at the address below. If you have any questions regarding your application please contact:

    Admissions Office
    Robert Gordon University
    Schoolhill
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1FR

    Tel: 01224 262728
    Email: UGOffice@rgu.ac.uk