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MArch/PgDipAdvanced Architectural Design

Why this course?

The PgDip in Advanced Architectural Design is for UK/EU architecture graduates seeking Part 2 professional qualification. International students should apply for the MArch Architectural Design (International).

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.

If you complete all diploma work to a satisfactory standard you may have the opportunity to convert your diploma into a MArch. This requires an extra three months of study.

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

Year 1

This year is centred on consolidating your architectural design skills. You’ll also be introduced to the idea of architecture as a responsive solution to fundamental social issues. You’ll choose an area of personal interest that you’ll research for your dissertation.

Year 2

You’ll undertake an architectural project. This requires you to take a viewpoint on contemporary architectural issues and choose a theme that reflects your own interests and creative ambitions. As well as studio-based activities you’ll follow your chosen theme through project work and optional classes. You’ll also attend a taught course in professional studies and a series of guest lectures.

Study trips provide opportunities for intensive examinations of the culture and built fabric in a variety of urban and rural locations both in the UK and overseas. Recent trips include Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Venice and the less familiar Gdansk, Toledo and Monte Caruso.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad (subject to academic performance). The department has the most expansive international exchange programme in the UK. We have agreements with 22 institutions across Europe, Canada, the Far East and South America.

Facilities

Studios 

There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching. 

Library 

In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department.

Workshop 

A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction). 

We offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.

Find out more about the full range of facilities we have to offer.

Accreditation

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.

Student competitions

We’ve an extensive programme of student awards provided by professional bodies, including:

  • The RIAS Silver Medal: the premier Scottish award for student achievement
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President's Medals
  • The City of Glasgow- Eimear Kelt- Silver Medal: awarded annually by a panel of professional judges on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

Our students have been successful in many prestigious competitions including:

  • ARCHIPRIX
  • Building Design ‘Top 6’ UK
  • APS
  • RSA Awards
  • A+DS and RIAS
  • SEDA

Visit our excellence and awards page to find out more.

Guest lectures

We run an exciting programme of guest lectures and recent speakers include:

  • Joan Callis, Benedetta Tagliabue EMBT, Architects to the Scottish Parliament
  • Prof Neil Spiller, Professor of Architecture and Digital Theory,
  • Gordon Benson, Benson and Forsyth, Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Ireland

Course content

Year 1

Compulsory classes

Design Studies 4A – To Care (Part 1)
The first main studio project focuses on the design of a small but programmatically complex, multi-functional urban building. The design challenge includes site and programme appraisal, the generation and systematic testing, analysing and appraising of design options and the final design of a detailed and well executed building.
Design Studies 4B – To Care (Part 2)
The second main studio project focuses on the design of a large and programmatically simple, multi-functional urban building to be set within a specific urban context, and developed to a detailed level sufficient to demonstrate the relationship between the overall architectural concept, spatial quality and related technical and environmental considerations.
Cultural Studies 4
This class provides students with the opportunity to define, explore and articulate an area of investigation of their own interest in the production of an appropriately illustrated dissertation. You'll develop an argument and demonstrate a position using evidence from your research.

Elective classes

Special Study Project 4

You'll choose from series of classes taught by staff, and related to areas of expertise, in:

  • culture and the city
  • society
  • environment and technology
  • an international workshop
  • sustainability
  • environmental assessment
  • culture and behaviour
  • the history and theory of urbanism and Building Information Modelling

Year 2

Compulsory classes

Design Studies
This class is organised within a meta-theme shared by the year, and developed within design units. Design Studies comprise two projects, Design Studies 5 A and 5B; the first consisting in the in-depth investigation, analysis and development of a design proposition, the latter in its detailed resolution.
Cultural Studies 5

This class aims to consolidate and develop your knowledge in key thematic areas - contemporary architectural history and theory, urban design and culture, technology and environment and new forms of media and communication. It's organised around lectures and workshops to map out ideas, thinkers and projects from a variety of disciplines that have a direct bearing on the production and use of buildings and cities.

You're introduced to a field of knowledge that is drawn from the social sciences, architectural and construction history, political science, cultural studies, economic and critical theory.

Professional Studies 5
This class aims to prepare you by developing your knowledge, skill and maturity to carry out, on qualification, their professional and architectural duties responsibly and effectively. It introduces you to issues of cost control mechanisms within the context of the architectural design and construction process, to business issues pertaining to running an architectural practice, to procurement methods and the administrative and contractual procedures involved in administering an architectural project.

Elective classes

Special Study Project 5

Choose from this list based on your interests and to support your design thesis and Masters dissertation

Mentoring and Architectural Pedagogy
This class explores the role of the mentor in architectural practice allowing students to investigate professional skills and techniques common to education and industry.
The History & Theory of Architectural Conservation
You'll learn about the contextual conditions which generated specific architectural artefacts as a means to understand their functioning and approaches to conservation.
The Theory of Architectural Conservation
You'll learn the social, cultural, political, aesthetic, economic and environmental values that underpin current conservation policy and practice and the approaches to conservation these generate locally and internationally, to ascertain their appropriateness in specific contexts.
Urban Design History
You'll learn how elements such as streets, squares, urban blocks have changed through time and what factors shaped them.
Urban Theory
You'll learn how urban ideas, theories and approaches have responded to contextual conditions in time and how they have shaped human lives and the environment for generations to come; as well as the current urban challenges and the fit of current urban design tools and approaches.
Urban Landscape Design
You'll learn the impact of the urban landscape on human wellbeing and perception, and the role of ecological networks as an integral part of urban form.
Sustainability
You'll learn the impact that urban growth has on social, economic and environmental sustainability.
International Workshop
You'll pursue an area of specific interest out-with the confines of the set curriculum, developing awareness of cultural diversity and integration within an international context.
Cultural and Behavioural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism
This class introduces students to the field of environment-behaviour studies looking at cultural, social, and psychological issues in architecture and urban design.
Dissertation
Dissertation Project

Students on the Masters stream (MArch and MSc) are required to complete a substantial piece of research, which can include a design with or a written investigation of an area/topic of interest.

This piece of work is generally carried out over a summer semester and is an opportunity for you to explore an issue of relevance to the course through engagement with its cultural, technical, and/or professional context. The work must demonstrate academic rigour.

Portfolio
ARB/RIBA PART 2 Portfolio: (AAD and MADi)

Over the two years of the programme you're expected to compile a comprehensive academic portfolio which will include all design projects undertaken over the two years of study as well as the outputs of any subject classes.

Your own academic work should be accompanied by the project briefs and all feedback documentation received. The portfolio should be complied in a digital format offering a clear structure and navigation.

Learning & teaching

Each part of the course allows you to explore and develop projects related to your own interests in contemporary architecture.

The course is made up of studio design work, lectures, special projects and workshops.

The focus of study is on design project work including the analysis, synthesis and appraisal of design ideas. You’ll show your understanding of these ideas through drawings, physical and digital models, written and graphic work.

Assessment

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.

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

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - TBC*

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000**

International

  • 2017/18 - £14,800

*Fees are yet to be confirmed by the funding council

**Postgraduate taught engineering students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees (applies only to students not already in receipt of any other fees scholarship)

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarships (FEES) for International Students

We're offering a number of scholarships for self-funded, international (non-EU) fee-paying students with excellent academic qualifications.

Awards are for course fees and differ for undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research students.

You must have applied for a relevant course of study, and start your degree from September 2017 (or later in the 2017-2018 academic year).

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

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.

How much will I earn?

If you become an architect you can expect a starting salary of £15,000 to £20,000 after Part 1 (first degree qualification).*

Typical salaries after Part 2 (second degree or diploma) range from £20,000 to £26,000.*

The range of typical salaries after Part 3 (final exam leading to registration as an architect) or for those with experience rises to £26,000 to £35,000.*

Where are they now?

A total of 95% of our BSc Architecture graduates find graduate level jobs, are in further study, six months after they graduate.*  

Our graduates have gone on to do many different roles within the area of architecture.

Job titles include:

  • Architect
  • Architectural assistant
  • Assistant rural surveyor
  • Computer Graphics/Web Designer
  • Computer Games Designer
  • Community Engagement Leader
  • Journalist
  • Model Maker/physical & virtual
  • Part 2 architectural assistant
  • Part 3 architectural design
  • Practical conservation worker
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Theatre/Stage Set Designer
  • Urban Designer

Employers include:

  • Arup
  • BSP Architects
  • Buro Happold
  • Carbonlite Design and Build
  • Colin Armstrong Associates
  • Covell Matthews Architects
  • Cubitt Ltd
  • Emilio Ambasz
  • Foster and Partners
  • Hayes Macfarlane
  • HTA Architects
  • Jacobs
  • Llewelyn and Davies
  • Nord
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust
  • O'Donnell & Tuomey
  • Page/Park Architects
  • Peter Eisneman
  • Rafael Moneo
  • Richard Meier
  • Rick Mather
  • Ted Cullinan
  • Terry Farrell
  • Tolmie Ltd
  • URS Corporation
  • WS Atkins
  • Zaha Hadid

*Based on the results of the national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

Information is intended only as a guide.

Contact us

Apply

You may be asked to provide an academic portfolio. An academic portfolio should contain all relevant design work from your previous course of study.

Decisions on applications will be notified to Home and EU applicants by the end of July and to overseas applicants within 6 weeks of receipt. To help you with the application process see the Applicant Guide to Postgraduate Taught Admissions .

This course is for UK and EU applicants only.

International applicants should apply for the MArch Architectural Design (International).

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