Master of Architecture MArch

Architecture MArch

1. Overview

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.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Building Technology
  • History and Cultural Context
  • Design Studio 1
  • Design Studio 2

Year 2

  • Building Technology
  • History and Cultural Context
  • Design Studio 3
  • Design Studio 4

Year 3

  • Building Technology
  • History and Cultural Context
  • Design Studio 5
  • Professional Practice
  • Design Studio 6
Part 1 of professional accreditation is awarded after Year 3. See more information under Placements and Accreditations.
Year 4
  • Professional Experience Year (salaried employment)

Year 5

  • Master Studio 1
  • History and Cultural Context
  • Master Studio 2
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation OR an Erasmus exchange for 1 Semester

Year 6

  • Master Studio 3
  • Advanced Building Technology
  • Master Studio 4
  • Professional Practice and Management
  • Elective

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

View our student's work from 2014

Architecture Yearbook 2014

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher:  ABBB to include English (or a 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 subject requiring the use of English) at GCSE Grade  B if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate  AB2B2B2 to include English(or a subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level English, Maths or a science and Visual Arts all at Grade 5.

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.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some access programmes will be considered. Certified or experiential prior learning will be considered on an individual basis.

Candidates who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the subject through their personal statement but don’t have the potential to achieve the published academic entry requirements, may be invited to interview as part of the selection process.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirementsFor those whose first language is not English. 

4. Placements and accreditations

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.

5. Student Funding

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:


6. Course Fees

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

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


7. How to apply

All full-time undergraduate course applications to Robert Gordon University must be made through UCAS at

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

8. Prospects

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.

Master of Architecture Portfolio Advice

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.

Submission of Portfolio

Please send your portfolio, preferably by email to by Monday 27 April 2015.

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
AB10 1FR

Tel: 01224 262728

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Start date

September 2015

Course length

6 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment
Accredited By
Royal Institute of British Architects Architects Registration Board
Association of Building Engineers

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