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Robert Gordon University Architecture

Master of Architecture

Architecture (MArch) Portfolio

The study of architecture requires an enquiring and imaginative mind, to analyse and consider new possibilities for buildings that will improve people’s quality of life.

It embodies many issues and challenges: the creation of better places to live, work, and relax; designing buildings and cities that recognise the cultural diversity of the population; proposing ideas that contribute socially and economically to the community; and using imagination and innovation to do all this more responsibly and efficiently for a world with finite resources.

Our MArch Architecture course, which is accredited by the RIBA and ARB, will provide you with the professional and creative skills required for a successful career in architecture. The taught course is complemented by a year's practical experience, allowing you to gain valuable experience of architectural practice. 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.

2. What you will study

Year 1

  • Building Technology
  • History and Cultural Context
  • Design Studio 1
  • Design Studio 2

Year 2

  • Design Studio 3
  • Design Studio 4

Year 3

  • Design Studio 5
  • Professional Practice
  • Design Studio 6

Part 1 of professional accreditation is awarded after Year 3. See more information under Placements and Accreditations.

Year 4

  • Professional Experience Year (salaried employment)

Year 5

  • Master Studio 1
  • Master Studio 2
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation OR an Erasmus exchange for 1 Semester

Year 6

  • Master Studio 3
  • Advanced Building Technology
  • Master Studio 4
  • Professional Practice and Management
  • Elective

View our student's work from 2014

3. Entry requirements

SQA Higher: ABBB to include English (or a subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a Science and preferably Art.

GCE A Level: BBC to include, Maths or a Science and preferably Art. English (or a subject requiring the use of English) at GCSE Grade B if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate AB2B2B2 to include English(or a subject requiring the use of English), Maths or a science and preferably Art.

IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level English, Maths or a science and Visual Arts all at Grade 5.

Portfolio of Artwork: Applicants not possessing a Higher or equivalent qualification in Art (Art & Design and Product Design in Scotland and Art & Design and Design & Technology in England) will be expected to demonstrate evidence of artistic ability and appreciation through a portfolio of artwork.

Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent overseas qualifications, SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs and some access programmes will be considered. Certified or experiential prior learning will be considered on an individual basis.

Candidates who demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the subject through their personal statement but don’t have the potential to achieve the published academic entry requirements, may be invited to interview as part of the selection process.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

4. Placements and accreditations

Professional Experience Year

One year in salaried employment in year 4, which will ensure you have direct experience within a professional practice.

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to follow an exchange programme of study with a partner institution (for one semester in year 5 of the course).

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