MArch (Hons) Architecture


Program Description

This 5-year programme is professionally accredited by the ARB/RIBA for part 1 and part 2.

The first three years (part 1) are designed to build basic knowledge and skills in Design, Communications, Architectural History/Theory and Sustainable Technology. Each year culminates in a major integrated design project which draws these parallel threads together.

The final two years (part 2) offer more opportunities to choose a programme of study which suits your emerging interests as a maturing designer. At level 4 you will choose an integrated design project from a series of offered options, and also select a ‘design research’ theme which leads into final year unit studios. These studios give you the opportunity to develop individual thesis projects which specialize in the aspects of architecture that most interest you.

Students at part 2 also have the opportunity to choose MArch with Urban Planning – this route leads to qualification as a chartered town planner as well as a registered architect.

The cornerstone of our teaching is our vibrant studio culture. While we are part of a university, we’re also situated in an art college which means we benefit from both excellent facilities and a highly creative atmosphere. Design tutorials and the majority of learning takes place in the architecture studio where you’ll be encouraged to work in a ‘hands-on’ way developing and testing your ideas through drawings, models, and prototypes.

You’ll work in small studio groups and on a one-to-one basis with experienced tutors, who are often also practicing architects, providing a supportive learning environment which fosters a spirit of independent inquiry and individual enterprise.

We treat our surrounding city and landscape as a ‘live-lab’, asking you to engage with real places and real design problems from the outset. We focus on designing buildings and environments which respond to the needs of people, creating innovative architecture, spaces, and places that are grounded in an understanding of culture and context.

We welcome applications for direct entry to part 2 (level 4) from students who already hold a part 1 (or equivalent) qualification in architecture.

This course is accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

  • Excellent studio, workshop, and IT facilities, offering you a lively, creative environment for study.
  • Work in small studio groups
  • Engage with real places and real problems
  • Collaborate across disciplines
  • Specialise in the aspects of architecture that most interest you
  • Get opportunities for overseas study visits, and for overseas study through international exchange

Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You'll need to submit a digital portfolio. We'll send you an email with details of how to do this once you've applied.

Courses starting 2018 Qualification Level 1 Entry (RIBA Part 1) Level 4 Entry (RIBA Part 2)
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including a literary subject. Mathematics or physics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) is recommended
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including a literary subject at GCSE. GCSE mathematics or physics at C / 4 is recommended.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 including a literary subject at Higher Level. Ordinary Level mathematics or physics at O2 is recommended
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include a literary subject, plus Standard Level mathematics or physics at 4.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.

English Language Requirement

For non-EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5


Graduates and students of Dundee have traditionally had an excellent reputation within the profession for being valuable and respected members of top practices in the UK and throughout the world.

For those wishing to qualify as architects, the minimum period of study is 5 years in an ARB/RIBA recognized institution and also a minimum of 24 months practical training in practice, most commonly in an architect's practice.

Dundee has in recent years offered students an option to use the summer vacation period to gain a minimum of 3 months practical training in practice to count towards the first 12 months training for the RIBA professional requirements. At this stage, students can also take the opportunity to gain experience in practices not just in the UK but also abroad.

Our graduates are highly regarded by the profession as skilled and confident individuals.

Your first three years of study qualify you as ARB/RIBA part 1 equivalent graduates, the final two years are accredited as equivalent to ARB/RIBA part 2.

Should you choose the MArch with Urban Planning option you’ll graduate with a qualification which also leads to RTPI chartered status.

Registration as an Architect in the UK requires completion of a minimum 24 months experience in architectural practice (the majority of students complete 12 months between years 3 and 4, and 12 months after year 5) and to subsequently sit a ‘part 3’ professional examination.

Our courses are designed to build your communication and team-working skills and to expose you to ‘real world’ scenarios where you’ll engage directly with clients, communities and professional consultants, preparing you for a successful career in practice.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

Our core mission at the University of Dundee is to transform lives, locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

Our core mission at the University of Dundee is to transform lives, locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. Read less