• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Award: MArch (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

By offering you specialist options, our part 2 course will help you position yourself as a resourceful, adaptable and skilled individual within a complex and changing professional landscape

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


The part 2 qualification, accredited by ARB/RIBA and validated by LAM, constitutes the final two years of the MArch course. We welcome direct applications from students who hold part 1 (or equivalent) qualifications in Architecture.

The course asks you to build on the skills and knowledge gained in part 1, and develop your ideas and individual position through engagement with specialist input and complex architectural design/thesis projects.

At this level you will be given the maximum opportunities to choose a programme of study which suits your emerging interests as a maturing designer. We treat our wider context, the city and the landscape, as a live-lab asking students to engage with real places and real problems. You will focus on designing buildings and environments which respond to the needs of the individuals and society; architecture, spaces and places that are critically robust in terms of their cultural context, aspiration and intention. 

At level 4, you will choose an integrated design project from a series of offered options, you also select design research themes which lead into final year unit studios. This gives you the opportunity to specialise in the aspects of architecture that most interest you and to develop individual thesis projects which explore these.

Level 5 studios allow for a variety of approaches to the discipline, from the polemic city plan to the design of autonomous, sustainable dwellings for specific communities. Studios are centred on staff specialisms so you’ll be developing your own design research within the context of this expertise.

The cornerstone of our teaching is our vibrant studio culture. We are physically located in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design 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 enquiry and individual enterprise.


This course is accredited by Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBAand is validated and recognised by the Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM)

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  • 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

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 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry (RIBA Part 1) Level 4 Entry (RIBA Part 2)
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
GCE A-Level Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
BTEC Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
Graduate Entry We require a good degree in Architecture, preferably with a 2:1 classification, with associated exemption from RIBA Part 1 (or an equivalent undergraduate degree in Architecture) We also require applicants to submit a digital portfolio as with level 1 entry.
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
Scottish Baccalaureate Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
Welsh Baccalaureate Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course
European Baccalaureate
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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How you will be taught

  • Studio. The majority of teaching is carried out in small groups and individual tutorials in the studio. Studio design projects are your opportunity to test and explore the knowledge gained through taught courses in the context of real design problems set by staff.
  • Workshops and seminars. Teaching of practical skills (analytical techniques, drawing, model making, IT etc) and technology (structure, construction, sustainable building methods) is done primarily through studio based workshops and seminars helping you integrate them as part of your design process.
  • Study visits
  • Lectures
  • Guest lectures from visiting speakers

How you will be assessed

  • Studio design projects
  • Drawings and models
  • Essays and project reports

What you will study

Level 4

Following a similar pattern to level 3, the year is structured around a major integrated design project sited within an urban context. Following a series of introductory Urban and Planning Studies investigating the urban imagination, the city, and design, you will work within small, elective tutorial groups exploring alternative ideas for your integrated design proposal. The project is developed in the second semester to an appropriate level of technical and programmatic resolution.

In parallel with the sketched, drawn and modelled exploration of ideas, you will compile an integrated design report which places the work within an intellectual context, draws out the central ideas and explains their detailed resolution.

Alongside the integrated design project you will develop a body of work within a separate “Design Research Unit”: a seminar group exploring themes within architectural theory such as typology, representation, materiality and landscape. The DRUs are aligned to and run by the level 5 thematic studios. You will have the opportunity to make physical experiments known as “thinking machines” and write accompanying texts which define and contextualise yourideas.

In semester 1 students initially work within small, elective tutorial groups to engage in a series of urban and planning studies investigating the urban imagination, the city, and design and developing a brief appropriate to their site. The analytical group work is closely followed with the consideration and production of individual strategic building designs for an area of their given city. They are encouraged to explore & evaluate alternative design proposals and key parameters.

Alongside both the urban theory analysis and strategy and the integrated design modules students in Year 4 develop a body of work within separate “Design Research Units” where seminar groups explore themes within architectural theory such as typology, representation, materiality; and landscape. The DRUs are aligned to, and run by the Masters Level thematic studios. Students make physical experiments known as “thinking machines” and write accompanying texts which define and contextualise their ideas.

In semester 2 the design project initiated within Urban Theory Analysis and Strategy is further developed to an appropriate level of technical and programmatic resolution. In parallel with the sketched, drawn and modelled exploration of ideas students compile an integrated design report which places the work within an intellectual context, draws out the central ideas and explains their detailed resolution.

Students in level 5 opt to follow one of two pathways, MArch or MArch with Urban Planning.


The thesis is a year-long study that explores architectural ideas through research by design. Students formulate their studies as a series of questions and objectives, and situate them in the wider context of contemporary architectural thought and practice. The thesis is conceived and communicated through architectural methods such as drawings and models, and through an analytical and critical text developed in parallel. Working in Architectural Thesis Research Units defined by staff expertise and research interests they collectively consider the role of architecture in framing ways of living, exploring the notional distance of the collective environment to the tangible intimate space of the individual through research by design of different spatial, formal & material typologies and in diverse physical contexts. 

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.

The study of architecture requires a lot of self-commitment and utmost desire to want to become an architect, much more than one would think is necessary. Having said that, the University provides superb facilities, guidance and ample studio space with a very healthy studio environment which encourages students to work with their peers while tapping into each other’s creative minds.

Architecture at Dundee allows you to bridge the gap between student life and real world practice as students have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with different departments within the University and sometimes with the assistance of guest architects, engineers and professionals relevant to the industry. There are also annual field trips organised in order to assist students to learn about architecture in different cities around Europe.

In summary, selecting to study architecture at the University of Dundee will be the best decision you could ever make.

Shawn Leishman
Recent MArch graduate

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

All applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

 DegreeCourse code
Apply now Architecture MArch - RIBA Part 2 P060630