Master of Architecture (Part 2)
Our RIBA and ARB accredited Master of Architecture Part 2 course will provide you with the opportunity to develop personal interests around three thematically distinct ‘Units’. You will develop your professional knowledge and skills through extended research-led projects, which you will work on individually and as part of a group.

Areas of enquiry can include those of current public debate and contention within Aberdeen city and region, or live scenarios where you will inform the deliberations and decision making of diverse organisations.

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 in a partnership institution for one semester in Year 5.

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
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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2 years
YEARs 5 & 6

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 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

Years 5 & 6

  • Lectures - 40 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 - 1-40 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 course
Independent Study

You are required to operate more independently by this stage of study, with the tutor role more akin to a consultant than an instructor. 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.


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.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 5

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

Year 6

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

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


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.



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.



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


Library 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.

University Library

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to follow an exchange programme of study with a partner institution (for one semester in Year 5). Exchange opportunities for Architecture include universities in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Australia. Previous students have studied in La Coruna (Spain) and Grenoble (France).


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.


Applicants normally have the following:

  • A 2.2 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in Architecture with an overall performance in the final year of 50 % or above in the final year of study.

  • Have an exemption from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) & Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1, but this is not compulsory*

  • Submission of a satisfactory portfolio of design work

*Students without a RIBA / ARB recognised award at Part 1, will not be able to progress to UK registration as an Architect. Candidates in this position will either have to undertake Year 3 of the BSc Architecture / Master of Architecture, or apply to the ARB for Part 1 exemption through the external candidate route.

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:

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 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

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:

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

The Royal Institute of British Architects offer scholarships and bursaries including a support fund which students in need can apply to for help during their studies.


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.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

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:


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

The greatest highlight of the course is being in the studio most days of the week working on a variety of projects that are both interesting and challenging. The studio is a great working environment where, along with your peers, you can attempt to solve important and enduring architectural issues.


The 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 course 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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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


UCAS Code: K100

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.