Architecture (BArch)

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

Institution Name: GSA
Institution Code: G43
UCAS Code: K100
Applications to the part-time mode should be made directly to the School


Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Architecture with Honours. Exemption from Part 1 of RIBA/ARB Examination in Architecture. 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.


Peer and staff review, formative and summative assessment, with continuous feedback from tutorials. Lecture courses are assessed by essay, coursework and formal written examinations.

Studio space; workshops for wood and metal work; specialist equipment for making architectural models; a reprographics and audio-visual base; a lighting lab including heliodon and model-scope; an architectural science computer suite; Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery; cafe bar.

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; Karen Anderson (founder Anderson Bell + Christie); Christopher Platt; Alexandra McCartney (Hopkins); Sarah Lewis (bere:architects); Ian Alexander and Henry McKeown (JM Architects); Karen Pickering (Page\Park); Russell Baxter; the late Gareth Hoskins (Hoskins Architects); Karen Anderson (Anderson, Bell + Christie); Riccardo Marini (Gehl Architects); Andrew Whalley (Grimshaw); Ross Hunter (Graven Images); Karen Nugent (Page\Park); Andy Bow (Foster Associates)

Programme Leader
Alan Hooper B.Arch(Hons), M.Arch, FHEA

Stage Leaders

Kathy Li
Luca Brunelli
Tilo Einert

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Architecture programme leads to an Ordinary or Honours degree and to exemption from Part 1 of the Examination in Architecture of the ARB/ RIBA at the end of Year 3 full-time study or Year 4 part-time study. The full-time mode takes a minimum of three years for the Ordinary degree and four years for the Honours degree. Full-time students normally undertake a year of practical training in an approved architect's office between Years 3 and 4. First year students have the opportunity to work with students from across the range of disciplines delivered at GSA through two collaborative courses - details here. 

BArch is also available as a part-time mode which takes a minimum of four years for the Ordinary degree. Students undertaking this part-time mode must be employed in an approved architect's office. Applications to the part-time mode should be made directly to the school.

The part-time mode takes a minimum of four years for the Ordinary degree and students must be employed in an approved architect's office. The Honours option is available by transferring to full-time study for the final Honours year.