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International College at Robert Gordon University

Undergraduate Pathway in Architecture

Robert Gordon University's (RGU) School of Architecture is based in the heart of the University’s dynamic riverside campus. RGU’s MArch degree produces Architects of the highest calibre. Alumni have gone on to contribute to world renowned projects, such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou Opera House.

High School


2nd year at Robert Gordon



Fees, duration and location

Students can apply for the following pathways to the School of Architecture at RGU: 

Year 1 entry - BSc Architecture (RIBA part 1), three year duration

Year 1 entry- Master of Architecture (MArch) (RIBA Part 1 and 2 (six year visa)


First Year Degree

Second and Third Year Degree

(Exit - BSc Architecture) 

Fourth Year Degree 

Fifth and Sixth Year Degree

(Exit - MArch) 

ICRGU Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, RGU Students are required to apply for opportunities for professional work experience Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, RGU

2 semesters

2 semesters


4 semesters






Applicants may be offered the Extended Portfolio Development programme immediately prior to the commencement of year one of the Architecture Year one, if so, this course runs during August and is charged at £600 for the additional module. 


Start date

First Year Degree: 

27th September 2021




BSc Architecture : 

3 year visa


Integrated MArch:

6 year visa

Architecture at ICRGU and Robert Gordon University


ICRGU offers year one entry to the three year BSc Architecture (RIBA Part 1) or the six year Master of Architecture (MArch) from Robert Gordon University.


ICRGU students join a supported international year one with elements of teaching alongside the RGU year one students.


Applicants may wish to apply for the BSc architecture and have the opportunity to extend their studies on completion of the BSc to the MArch at a later date*. 


In addition to the BSc Architecture, ICRGU applicants can also elect to apply for year one of the integrated Master of Architecture (MArch), a course which is 6 years in duration taking applicants from undergraduate to postgraduate qualification in one streamlined route. Applicants on this route will be required to apply for and undertake a year of professional work practice during year 4.  


Evidence of Artistic Ability

Applicants for the BSc and MArch programmes are required to submit evidence of artistic ability. Applicants may wish to submit a portfolio or can, alternatively, undertake the Architecture Artistic Evaluation.


Applicants will receive an email containing guidance on both the portfolio and the Artistic Evaluation, along with instructions on submission for assessment.  


Architecture evaluation guidance 



Extended Portfolio Development 

Applicants who require additional support in the development of their artistic evidence may be offered our Extended Architecture Semester, this commences in the weeks prior to the main intake and supports students to develop their artistic capabilities before commencing the course with ICRGU. 



The Architecture course at Robert Gordon University is fully 

accredited by RIBA and ARB, and in 2013 celebrated its 100th year of continuous professional accreditation from RIBA.


  • RIBA Part 1: awarded after Year 3 (BSc Architecture)
  • RIBA Part 2: awarded after Year 6 (MArch)
  • RIBA Part 3: professional examination is taken post-graduation. Students would progress to the final professional examination (RIBA Part 3) following a period of practical training. Successful completion of this allows you to become a Registered Architect.

Teaching staff

All lecturing staff are fully trained industry professionals with vast experience and a passion for the subject.


School of Architecture

In 2015, the School of Architecture relocated to a brand new building, with tailor-made studio space and technology to help inspire design and motivate creativity. Each student benefits from their own dedicated design space in the studios overlooking the River Dee. 


Architecture Additional Costs 

For details of the costs that a student is required or likely to incur in the Architecture course during their studies can be found by visiting the RGU course details page: Architecture Additional Course Costs


Practical experience

For students who have applied for the integrated Master of Architecture, Year 4 will be spent undertaking a year of salaried employment, which will ensure students have direct experience within a professional practice. RGU supports students with sourcing these placements, however, places can never be fully guaranteed.



  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Architectural Design Studio 1
  • Introduction to Building Technology
  • Design Philosophy
  • Architectural Design Studio 2
  • Building Technology 2
  • Design Philosophy 2

Core Module Information

University facilities

Degree awards from Robert Gordon University

*Students who commence studies on the BSc Architecture will be required to extend their visa should they apply to extend their studies to undertake the MArch. 


Professional Work Experience Year

Full year paid professional work experience in year 4. Placements are not guaranteed and students undertaking this route must return for their fifth year to continue studies towards the MArch. 



Popular Careers

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Building surveyor
  • Commercial/residential surveyor
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
  • Landscape architect
  • Planning and development surveyor
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film
  • Structural engineer
  • Town planner
*- A breakdown of applicable Tuition Fees and, where applicable the Navinsure Premium, is provided in the Unconditional Offer Letter. 
- Once the Applicant has accepted his or her offer in line with term 2.5 of the ICRGU conditions (icrgu.navitas.com/conditions) the amount 
of Tuition Fees for the first year of your Programme is fixed.
- Fees for any subsequent years of study before Progression are reviewed annually and will not usually increase by more than 5% (five percent) per year. 
Such increases may reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index; increases resulting from changes in any applicable taxation; 
changes by regulatory, professional or academic bodies; and ensuring parity with Partner University tuition fees. The College will give as much 
notice as possible of any such Tuition Fee changes. The College has no control over or responsibility for fees payable to third parties, which 
may include (without limitation) accommodation fees where the accommodation is not provided by a Navitas Group Company.
- Partner University tuition fees that apply to a Student after Progression are determined by the Partner University and published on the
Partner University’s website rgu.ac.uk.

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