Architecture

BSc | Master of

architecture degree
The BSc Architecture/Master of Architecture (MArch) course is a linked award that allows you to progress from Year 1 to Masters level continuously and obtain a clear pathway to professional registration.

The first three years provide you with a foundation in terms of knowledge and skills in architecture. The course has three primary components that form its backbone:

  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Architectural History and Design Philosophy
  • Technology: Construction, Structural Design, and Environmental Design.

The final two years offers opportunity for you to develop personal interests around three thematically distinct ‘Units’ with interests in City, Place and Context. This focus is not exclusive and you will also have the opportunity to work in less familiar contexts which exposes you other challenges.

1st in Scotland for teaching quality in Architecture - The Times Good University Guide, 2018.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Date
September
Course Length
6 years
Years 1-3

You will develop an understanding of the basic elements and techniques of architectural design, philosophy and technology, as well as areas relating to the practice of architecture as a business. Your design skills and creativity will increase and improve, and you will learn about architectural history and theory, construction processes, materials, structures and other aspects that define human comfort. By the end of Year 3 you will have become much more independent, be able to tackle complex problems or scenarios and be ready for a period of professional practice.

YEAR 4

This year you will undertake a year of professional practice in an architect’s practice. This is salaried employment and can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

 
Year 5 & 6

These years offer a very different learning experience to Years 1 – 3. Your learning is characterised by extended research-led projects which address scenarios of considerable scale, scope, and complexity. You will engage with complex issues relating to the design of buildings and our environment, working individually and in groups.  There will be many opportunities to pursue specialist routes, define your own interests and make decisions independently and purposefully.

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. 

Detailed module information

The learning environment we offer provides the guidance and support necessary for you to develop skills in creative enquiry, challenge, and exploration. You will work in a dedicated studio work space, which will act as a place to individually draw and model ideas within the overall social setting of the design studio.

Teaching is mainly project-based with a blend of directed learning, tutorials and live situations where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice.

You will benefit from hearing and connecting with visiting professionals from a range of disciplines and will have the opportunity to travel, whether on study trips to look at the very best of international design or on student exchanges.

Activity Summary

Year 3

  • Lectures - 50 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Seminars - 6-12 students per group, 1.5 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 6-12 students per group, 0.5 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 1-50 students per group, 30 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 30 hours per week
  • Field Work - 50 students per group, 0.5 hours per week
  • External Visits - 50 students per group, 2 hours per year
Independent Study

As you progress throughout the course, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your initiative, taking greater charge of the direction of your studies and areas of interest.

Staff Delivering on This Course

We operate an open-door policy and enjoy strong relations between our students and staff. The course is taught by a team of full-time academic staff and practicing architects, including a number of highly distinguished designers and thinkers. Many are award-winning and have had their work published at an international level, and the course enables you to benefit directly from their guidance and expertise.

Individual designers also teach on the course and bring their own perspective and focus which serves to create a rich educational experience.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 2 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 portfolio
  • 3 journals

Year 2

  • 4 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 2 portfolio

Year 3

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 reports
  • 2 portfolio
  • 1 group critique

Year 4

  • In Year 4, you will spend 12 months working in an architect’s office as an Architectural Assistant or Part 1 student.

Year 5

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 2 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 portfolio

Year 6

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 report
  • 2 portfolio
  • 1 set exercise
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support

Placements

In Year 4, you will spend 12 months working in an architect’s office as an Architectural Assistant or Part 1 student. This period of paid professional practice will give you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience of architectural practice.

It is your responsibility to obtain a position, however your Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) will give guidance and support on the most appropriate office and on the preparation of your CV and Portfolio.

Previous students have worked in a variety of locations: locally, nationally or more widely around the world.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions and enhance your architectural education. Exchange opportunities for Architecture include universities in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Australia.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

This course will provide you with the professional and creative skills required for a successful career in architecture and allied professions. It also 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.

CAREERS

SQA Higher: ABBB/BBBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

GCE A Level: BBC/BCC 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/H2H2H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

IB Diploma: 29/28 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 

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

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 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

    • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

      • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
      • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
      • Accommodation and Living costs
      • Printing
      • £400 Laptop
      • £50 Calculator
      • £90 general start-up materials (Stage 1) – University Arts Materials Shop
      • Plotting: £70 Year 1, £70 Year 2, £100 Year 3, £70 Year 5, £150 Year 6
      • Materials: £100 Year 1, £60 Year 2, £100 Year 3, £60 Year 5, £150 Year 6
      • Study Tour*: £200 Year 1 and £250 per year (Year 2,3,5 and 6) Some study tours are abroad, and there may be VISA costs for non-EU students.
      • £100 per year for Site Visits - many sites are local to the school, so cost will be dependent on location

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

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.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

At the end of each year the entire school celebrates the achievements of the year in an event called Big Crit. Not only does it give an opportunity to present and see some of the best work done by the students, it also brings great architects to the school who give you valuable comments about your work.
ANNELI KIVINIEMI | BSC ARCHITECTURE/ MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENT

Accreditation

The BSc Architecture/ Master of Architecture course has unconditional accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects(RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).

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 Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM), in recognition of the highest standards of teaching offered by the course, and the relevance of its curriculum to the future needs of the profession in South-East Asia.

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We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.


Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.


Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.


RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.