Advanced Architectural Design
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
Apply now and start September 2020
Projects are connected with industrial research and innovation the university is actively working on, meaning you will explore real world problems in zero-carbon buildings, design for fabrication and assembly, digital and parametric design, and future bound design agendas.
You will gain a solid understanding on how UAVs and drones will radically change the world as we know it, and have the opportunity to work with alongside a drone with our fully qualified pilot.
You will study one research-based module which integrates 4 core strands of contemporary architectural design and production. These include low energy/low carbon design, the sustainable development of the contemporary city, the use of data in an increasingly digital industry and contemporary project management.
You will develop a thorough understanding of innovative approaches to architectural and urban design by applying theoretical knowledge and consideration to a project in a UK setting. The brief for the semester will ask you to apply innovative technologies such as UAVs or blockchain technologies in a studio or research setting. You will develop in parallel your research skills and methodologies to underpin your final thesis project in Semester 3.
Your final semester is focused on the Thesis project, which is expected to reference the core strands of the course in some form. Your Thesis topic is your choice and should address an architectural or urban problem of significant complexity and be of relevant context to your home country or intended global destination.
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
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.
You will study alongside our Master of Architecture students, and benefit academically and socially from being part of this wider community.
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.
- Lectures - 20 students per group, 4 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Seminars - 10 students per group, 2-3 hours per week depending on modules chosen
- Webinar - 20 students per group, 2-6 hours per week depending on modules chosen
- Practical class or workshop - 10-20 students per group, 2 hours per 2 weeks (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Supervised time in studio / workshop - 10-20 students per group, 6-8 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Independent Study - 10-20 students per group, 500 hours per semester
- Field Work - 10-20 students per group, hours depending on Thesis chosen, per semester
- External Visits - 10-20 students per group, depending on arrangements with offices/venues per semester
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 reports
- 1 dissertation
- 1 portfolio
- 1 project output
- 3 oral assessments
- 1 group critique
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
You are expected to be active participants in the learning process and to extend your learning from formally delivered materials through wider reading, research and self-directed enquiry. You will be encouraged to regularly reflect on your learning and take ownership of your studies.
Staff Delivering on This Course
You will learn from experts who are actively researching leading edge practice, winning industry practitioners and academics with relevant international industry experience across the fields of Architecture, Urbanism and Project Management.
Examples of research leading practice that our staff are involved in, and you will be able to collaborate on includes:
The Inclusion 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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
This course prepares you for a leading role in a global industry. You will be equipped with high level innovative tools to tackle complicated architectural problems and be able to work in architecture offices across the world.
It also provides a pathway to PhD study or the opportunity to develop your business ideas through the RGU Start-Up Accelerator.
- 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.
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 equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
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
- £100-£150 material costs per semester
- £800 - £1000 laptop is recommended but not required
- £100 local travel per Semester (approximate) International travel is not required, but dependant on the choices of the students.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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:
The School provides great opportunities on how to learn to communicate with the private and public domain and work as a team. Through lectures and studio time, we are discovering for whom we are designing, responding to the client and presenting to audiences. It’s not just about ideas, it’s not just about design, it’s about making ideas happen.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
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