Have you finished studying your part 1 qualification (or equivalent) in architecture? Our architecture part 2 is designed for those wanting to focus on urban planning.
Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
and Architects Registration Board (ARB)
The course is designed for students who have completed a part 1 qualification in architecture and now want to specialise in urban design and planning as part of their part 2 studies.
The Master of Architecture at Dundee is a well-established and recognised course which produces imaginative, principled and skilled graduates who can work effectively within an increasingly varied profession.
Follow your own interests
We study the essential principles of architecture but encourage students to follow their personal interests. If you want to be an architect who works to improve our towns and cities and shape their future, the M.Architecture with Urban Planning will help you get there. This is the only part 2 Architecture course in the UK which carries professional accreditation from RTPI within the same two years. This course is validated and recognised by the Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM)
In your first year of study you’ll work with students following the established ‘MArch’ course. In your second and final year you’ll go on to study urban planning, taught by experts in the subject, and complete a major design project which draws together your skills in architecture and urban planning.
In Dundee you’ll be working in our large and excellent architecture studios, specialist computing and library facilities and well-equipped model-making workshops, all within the same building. You’ll work in small studio groups studying the history which has led to where we are, the theories which have shaped our thinking, the technology we need to get things built, and the professional skills to make them happen.
By the time you graduate you’ll have a wide portfolio of work showing you have all the skills you’ll need to work as an architect planning and designing the successful places of the future.
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|
|Advanced Diploma||Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Via our Architecture MArch (Hons) course|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
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.
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).
How you will be taught
- Studio seminars and one-to-one tutorials
- Lectures and specialist workshops
- Study visits
How you will be assessed
- Primarily through design projects which draw together architectural and urban planning skills
- Reports /essays which examine issues of architectural and urban design history and theory, contemporary management, practice and law.
What you'll study
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.
MArch with Urban Planning
You will have the opportunity to follow this alternative pathway completing three modules in urban planning. In parallel you will undertake an independent design-led research project (60 credits) which will build on your emerging specialist knowledge and understanding in both disciplines. As in the core MArch programme, design work will be developed within an Architecture and Planning thematic studio, and contextualized and recorded through an accompanying text. Successful completion leads to a jointly accredited award in Architecture and Planning disciplines.
You will undertake an independent design-led research project (60 credits) which will build on your emerging specialist knowledge and understanding in both disciplines.
This module explores the nature of the land and property development process, project management techniques and methods of assessment of development value.
You will learn about developing and managing the policy making process: the definition of issues, the exploration and evaluation of policy choices, the role of stakeholders, the preparation of plans and strategies, implementation problems, and monitoring and evaluation.
This module aims to discuss sustainable development in its wider theoretical, political and regulatory context, and to use this understanding to examine how actors use a range of strategies to promote the sustainability of our cities and regions.
It also aims to engage with the question of how and whether the growth of cities is compatible to the achievement of sustainable development goals. Lastly, the module aims to develop a comparative understanding of the challenges for city management and governance practices across the globe as regards the sustainable provision of infrastructure and future land uses.
The course is designed to fit graduates for an ever more complex architectural profession. You will be ‘hybrid professionals’ with recognised skills in both architecture and urban planning, qualified to enter the employment market in either. The course is prescribed by the ARB as a part 2 qualification, and accredited by RTPI (graduates will qualify as licentiate members). This course is also validated and recognised by the Malaysian Board of Architects (LAM).
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.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.|
|Rest of UK students||Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.|
|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.
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 cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- 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.
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.
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