Architectural Studies

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MArch in Architectural Studies. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


Coursework, essays, practical design projects. Formative assessments take place at key points throughout the year with summative assessments at the end of each academic year.

Studio space, workshops for wood and metal work; specialist equipment for making architectural models; a photographic studio and darkrooms; a reprographics and audiovisual base; a lighting lab including heliodon and model-scope and an architectural science computer suite. the Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, cafe bar, technical library and RIBA Information Service.

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Graduates include:
Clare and Sandy Wright (Wright and Wright); Charlie Hussey and Charlie Sutherland (Sutherland Hussey Architects); Christopher Platt (Head of Mackintosh School of Architecture/studioKap); Sarah Lewis (bere:architects); Gerry Grams (Glasgow City Council); Ian Alexander and Henry McKeown (JM Architects); Russell Baxter (Davis Duncan Architects); Gareth Hoskins (Gareth Hoskins Architects); Karen Anderson (Anderson, Bell + Christie); Riccardo Marini (Edinburgh City Council); Andrew Whalley (Nicholas Grimshaw); Ross Hunter (Graven Images); Andy Bow (Foster Associates)

Programme Leader
Isabel Deakin


Pathway Leaders
Urban Design – Neil Simpson

Creative Urban Practices – Luca Brunelli

Digital Creativity - Dr Raid Hanna

Energy and Environmental Studies & Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing  - Dr Filbert Musau

History and Theory of the City - Dr Florian Urban

Programme Overview

The MArch in Architectural Studies programme is research and project driven with multi-disciplinary input in the areas of Urban Design and Creative Urban Practices, Urban Building, Computer Aided Architectural Design, and Energy and Environmental Studies.

The programme begins with a series of core lectures and seminars, balanced by focused reading of key literature related to the four areas of enquiry. This enables all of the students on the programme to gain a multi-disciplinary perspective and provides ground for shared discourse.

The Master of Architectural Studies pathways are:

  • Urban Design
  • Creative Urban Practices
  • Urban Building
  • Digital Creativity
  • Energy and Environmental Studies
  • History and Theory of the City
  • Zero-Energy Mass Customised Housing

The Core Lectures and Seminars form the background and basis for the preparation of two research papers and for identification and development of the the individual project.

The Master of Architectural Studies taught programme is not an ARB/RIBA Part 2 accredited programme. The Diploma in Architecture programme is ARB/RIBA Part 2 accredited.