Advanced Architectural Design

Robert Gordon University


This 12-month research-led Masters course equips you to play a lead role in the future design and construction of our buildings, cities and rural communities. It will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop innovative yet contextually appropriate solutions to challenges of major consequence and complexity.

Stage 1:
You will study one research-based module which integrates 4 core strands of contemporary architectural design and production. These include low energy/low carbon design, the sustainable development of the contemporary city, the use of data in an increasingly digital industry and contemporary project management.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Advanced Architectural Design

Stage 2:
You will develop a thorough understanding of innovative approaches to architectural and urban design by applying theoretical knowledge and consideration to a project in a UK setting. The brief for the semester will ask you to apply innovative technologies such as UAVs or blockchain technologies in a studio or research setting. You will develop in parallel your research skills and methodologies to underpin your final thesis project in Semester 3.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Advanced Architectural Design

Stage 3:
Your final semester is focused on the Thesis project, which is expected to reference the core strands of the course in some form. Your Thesis topic is your choice and should address an architectural or urban problem of significant complexity and be of relevant context to your home country or intended global destination.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in one of the following: Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Design Management, Sustainable Building Design, Urban Design / Planning.

Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

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