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Advanced Architectural Design MArch/PgDip

Advanced Architectural Design MArch/PgDip

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Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MArch - Master of Architecture

Subject areas

Architectural Design

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

This two-year course gives you the opportunity to explore architecture in a broad-based manner through theoretical and practical work. It demands a high level of design ability and self-motivation while giving you the chance to explore and develop projects related to your own interests.

You’ll appraise current theoretical approaches to architecture and urban design then assess and show their relevance in existing and proposed contexts. You’ll also develop and demonstrate formal and technical architectural ability.

What you'll study

As well as the areas of study you'll:

  • develop a critical and technical architectural ability
  • complete comprehensive architectural or urban design projects
  • write a dissertation
  • demonstrate awareness of management procedures relevant to design practice
  • carry out a detailed examination of an issue or issues of particular architectural significance.


Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (Part 2).

Accredited by the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.


The MArch degree normally requires further assessment over the summer semester. This will be on an aspect of the diploma project that is explored to a greater level of detail.

You’ll have exams in semesters 1 and 2 on all aspects of the course and are expected to present a complete academic portfolio based on advanced design study.

If you obtain all diploma credits at first sitting you'll have the opportunity to proceed to Masters, thus converting your Diploma into a MArch. This requires an extra three months of study.


Career opportunities for Architecture graduates range from working in large multidisciplinary practices to smaller specialist firms.

Many of our graduates are employed by highly respected practices throughout the world, while others have set up their own businesses.

The Department has a growing reputation for developing entrepreneurial graduates who go on to make their mark in the sector independently in practices such as Page and Park, Tog Studio and Lateral North.


The studio projects task your ability to source, research, analyse, and demonstrate an understanding of a specific urban building typology. The first part of the project concerns both the identification of, and brief formation for, a selected building typology which you as an architect consider essential for a representation of the people of Govan. This will be formulated in conjunction with the strategic design(s) of the main voluminous space (primary space) within the building and one?s approach(es) to and from it.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree in Architecture from a UK/EU university. Students with a degree from an overseas university should apply for the MArch Architectural Design (International). An academic portfolio will be required containing all relevant design work from your previous course of study.

University information

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