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Applying to the School

Your application to study for an undergraduate Architecture degree must be made through UCAS.

When the School receives your application form from UCAS, you will be issued with an acknowledgement of your application and further information about the application process. Please see the Guide to Applying to Architecture.

Please read the information about the GSA, its schools and the specialist departments carefully, including ensure you have read the Guide to Applying to Architecture.

We expect that you have familiarised yourself with the learning, teaching and research we offer at the GSA and that your expectations align with the learning experience that we try to provide in the specialists pathway and departments. If you experience any problems during this process, please contact us by email at: 

Entry Requirements

We accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications for admission. Below are our normal entry requirements, expressed as the qualifications most commonly presented for admission, which will be used as a baseline when determining equivalencies.

  • Scottish Highers: ABBB (one sitting) or AABB (two sittings) to include English and Maths or Physics, and preferably Art.

  • A Levels: 3 A Levels at ABB to include Maths or Physics, and GCSE English at grade A or 7.

  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall in the Diploma, 18 at Higher Level, including Maths or Physics and normally English and Visual Arts or Design Technology. Students not presenting English at grade 5 or above at HL will be required to submit an IELTS.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Four Highers at H2 or above - subjects are required as per Scottish Highers.

  • We are happy to consider holders of the Scottish Baccalaureate. 

  • Those who have qualifications from outside the UK should consult our international pages for country-specific entry requirements.

  • We recognise that our applicants come from a wide variety of social, cultural and educational backgrounds and we are willing to consider applications for admission from those who do not have the published conventional qualifications for admission and/or who wish to gain recognition for formal or informal study undertaken elsewhere.


Portfolio Interview

After your application has been assessed you may be invited for a portfolio interview.
The portfolio interview is a two way process allowing you to gain an understanding of the MSA and for us to view your portfolio and ask you questions about it and find out from you your interests.
On the day of the portfolio interview you will be given an Introduction to the Course, a tour of the Bourdon Building and a tour of the Mackintosh Building prior to receiving your interview. The interview will last around twenty minutes and be with two members of staff. Your portfolio should contain between 10-15 pieces of work. This would normally be your best work and can contain a variety of pieces displaying your skills and interest in the subject of Architecture. 

Applying to Study Part-time

The BArch can be studied on a part-time basis. Applicants who wish to study part-time, should apply directly to the School. Applicants should email in the first instance or call +44 (0) 141 353 4686.

English Language Requirement

The Mackintosh School of Architecture expects all students to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, which for UK students is normally evidenced by a pass in Higher or GCSE English. 

International students required to evidence their English language proficiency by sitting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) will be asked to complete an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test taken at a UKVI approved test centre. Our current requirement for the Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) is IELTS for UKVI (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no less than 5.5 in each component. A full list of UKVI approved test centres can be found here.

For more information, please email or call +44 (0) 141 353 4512.