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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.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/architecturaldesigninternational/

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.


- 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.

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:
- Building Design ‘Top 6’ UK
- RSA Awards
- A+DS

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


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

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.

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.


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.*

*Information is intended only as a guide.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Architectural Design (International) (MArch) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!





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