- Start date: September
- Accreditation: LAM/PAM, RIBA Part 2
- Study mode and duration: MArch: 24 months full-time
PgDip: 21 months full-time
Study abroad: opportunity to student abroad (subject to Visa conditions)
Travel: study trip opportunities in both the UK and overseas
Ranking: Number 3 in the UK for Architecture by Complete University Guide 2021
Study with us
- two-year course 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
- develop skills in advanced design, analysis and critique
- validated & recognised by LAM/PAM Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia/Board of Architects Malaysia
- validated by RIBA at Part 2
- develop projects related to your own interests in contemporary architecture
- be part of a collaborative and creative studio community
Why this course?
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.
What you’ll study
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.
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.
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.
We have two design studios; one is a drop-in studio where you can be part of our collaborative and creative studio community, the other is dedicated to design teaching.
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.
A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).
We offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.
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:
- Building Design ‘Top 6’ UK
- RSA Awards
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
'Live-Builds' such as in the International Workshop class were unforgettable. It was my first hands-on project in years. The fact that it was community-based made it more memorable.
Architectural Design (International) student
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
Special Study Project 4
You'll choose from series of classes taught by staff, and related to areas of expertise, in:
- sustainability and built environment
- architectural publications
- Pocket City
- urban design
- health and the city
- virtual reality applications for AEC (architecture/engineering/construction industries)
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
Special Study Project 5
Mentoring and Architectural Pedagogy
The History & Theory of Architectural Conservation
The Theory of Architectural Conservation
Urban Design History
Urban Landscape Design
Cultural and Behavioural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism
Building Information Management
Theory of Conservation
Architectural & Construction History
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.
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.
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.
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Normally a first-class 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.
Your portfolio should include examples of work undertaken as part of a formal programme of study, while in architectural practice as well as elements from self-initiated projects. This will mean the focus will be on your most recent – and best – work. In preparing your portfolio, you should be considerate of how this will allow you to demonstrate capabilities in drawing, making and thinking creatively. Your portfolio will also allow us to understand how you problem solve and communicate your ideas. On this basis we would encourage process work as well as final design output.
You should include highlights from your sketchbooks as well as photographs of working and final models and ensure that you curate a varied portfolio of work that transcends a variety of media (formal, architectural drawings; models; sketches; prototyping) and scales (product; building and context). We would also suggest that you carefully organise the content of your portfolio to allow us to understand how you have developed within both educational and practice environments.
We would encourage you to format your portfolios as single file PDF in landscape orientation (this will maximise viewing opportunities) with image resolution high enough to be clearly legible (but no so high that the file size becomes unmanageable. Portfolios should be uploaded to your application through Pegasus. The maximum file size is 30MB.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
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How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students 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.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to 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.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate 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. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
Faculty of Engineering Scholarships for International Students
If you're applying for a postgraduate taught programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your tuition fees, which will typically be £3,280.
Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for a postgraduate taught programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.
Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time postgraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2021-22).
Find out more about our scholarship for international students
We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.
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:
- Architectural assistant
- Assistant rural surveyor
- Computer Graphics/Web Designer
- Computer Games Designer
- Model Maker/ physical & virtual
- Part 2 architectural assistant
- Part 3 architectural design
- Project Manager
- Practical conservation worker
- Theatre/Stage Set Designer
- BSP Architects
- Carbonlite Design and Build
- Colin Armstrong Associates
- Covell Matthews Architects
- Cubitt Ltd
- Emilio Ambasz
- Foster and Partners
- Hayes Macfarlane
- 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.
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