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MArchArchitectural Design (International)

Why this course?

This two-year course is for international students who are looking for a challenging programme of study that meets the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 2 educational criteria.

The course runs parallel to the MArch/Pg Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design. It shares the same curriculum so you’ll join students on this course in an exciting and challenging environment.

You’ll develop skills in advanced design, analysis and architectural critique designing complex buildings in a variety of contexts and addressing social, cultural and environmental issues.

This course demands a high level of design ability and self-motivation.

You’ll study

Year 1

The first year of study is centred on consolidating your architectural design skills.

You’ll be introduced to the idea of architecture as a responsive solution to fundamental social issues.

You'll take a subject class in an area of expertise aligned to the research in the department and research and produce a dissertation on a topic of personal interest related to design.

Year 2

You’ll undertake a significant architectural project on which you're required to take a standpoint on contemporary architectural issues. This is developed through a theme that reflects your own interests and creative ambitions and is supported by subject classes.

You’ll also attend a taught course in professional studies and a series of guest lectures.

Students progressing from the Diploma to Masters undertake an additional semester of study to pursue an aspect of the thesis project to a greater level of detail.

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've 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 on offer.

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.  This is for the best project submitted by a student either at the Glasgow School of Art or the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde

Our students have been successful in many prestigious competitions including:

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

Accreditation

The Masters in Architectural Design International is validated by the RIBA at Part 2.

Course content

Year 1

Compulsory classes

Design Studies 4A – To Care (Part 1)

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.

Design Studies 4B – To Care (Part 2)

This new typology should be derived from one of 4 strategic research areas: City, Society, Technology or Environment.

The project concludes with the design of a significant urban building typology; developed from your brief, which incorporates the primary space and considered approach strategies devised in Semester 1.

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:

  • ecology
  • sustainability and built environment
  • architectural publications
  • Pocket City
  • urban design
  • health and the city
  • virtual reality applications for AEC (architecture/engineering/construction industries)

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 interest 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.
Building Information Management
This module explores the main concepts and principles of Building Information Management and the recent paradigm shift within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industries worldwide to implement BIM Level 2 and target BIM Level 3 in all public projects as well as encouraging it in private projects.
Theory of Conservation
The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of conservation principles and ethics.
Architectural & Construction History
This module aims to present architectural and construction history both as the wider context of the buildings and as tools for its analysis.
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

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 then show your understanding of these ideas through drawings, physical and digital models, written and graphic work. 

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

Assessment

Full-time students are examined over Years 1 and 2 on all aspects of the course.

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.

Entry requirements

  • first or second-class Honours degree in Architecture, or equivalent agreed academic standard. This course is aimed at Students who have gained their first degree in architecture from a university overseas. Students with a degree in architecture from an UK/EU university should apply for the MArch Advanced Architectural Design
  • 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 International Study Centre 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

2018/19

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

International

  • £15,600

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 and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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?

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
  • Journalist
  • Model Maker/ physical & virtual
  • Part 2 architectural assistant
  • Part 3 architectural design
  • Project Manager
  • Practical conservation worker
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Theatre/Stage Set Designer

Employers include:

  • Arup
  • BSP Architects
  • Carbonlite Design and Build
  • Colin Armstrong Associates
  • Covell Matthews Architects
  • Cubitt Ltd
  • Emilio Ambasz
  • Foster and Partners
  • Hayes Macfarlane
  • HLM
  • HTA Architects
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust
  • Page/Park Architects
  • Peter Eisenman
  • URS Corporation
  • Rafael Moneo
  • Richard Meier
  • Rick Mather
  • Ted Cillinan
  • Tolmie Ltd
  • WS Atkins
  • Zaha Hadid

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

Contact us

Apply

An academic portfolio will be required. 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 System.

International applicants

International applicants should use the first apply option.

Applicants from Taylor’s University, Malaysia should select the second apply option which indicates their home institution.

Architectural Design (International)

Qualification: MArch, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Architectural Design (International) Taylor's University

Qualification: MArch, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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