Taught course

Architectural Design Innovation

Robert Gordon University · Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Entry requirements

Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent, in one of the following subject areas: Architecture, Architectural Design, Architectural Technology, Design Management, Sustainable Building Design, Urban Design / Planning

Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
Submission of a Portfolio
Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio of their previous design work, or construction projects that they have performed an identifiable individual role within. Where this includes group work, or work undertaken in professional practice / industry, applicants are required to provide the following:
  • A clear explanation of their contribution to the production of the work
  • A clear statement by an appropriate third party of the authenticity and authorship of the portfolio materials. (The third party may be a Tutor, Mentor, or work supervisor / team leader / senior practitioner, for example. Personal contact details, designation and affiliation with the parent institution or organisation, are to be included.)
  • Normally, a portfolio should display a diversity of work exploring a range of techniques and media, and including architectural or urban design proposals of moderate scale and complexity. Whilst we seek a submission that includes of a range of work, where applicable, design projects produced during the final stages of an applicant's prior learning must be included, (i.e. most recent work).
European and International applicants should present their portfolio, for assessment by the Admission Tutors, via the following modes of communication:
  • JPEG or PDF format files on own website
  • Forwarded by electronic mail

Months of entry


Course content

This course has been designed specifically to prepare professionals for work in the global field of architecture, equipping you with skills and knowledge that enable you to develop innovative yet contextually appropriate solutions to challenges of major consequence and complexity.

The course combines strategic tools such as urban design for the 21st century city, low energy design, digital design and BIM, advanced project management and visualisation skills. It prepares graduates and practitioners to become leaders and innovators in contemporary practice – through design and application, the development of breadth and depth of knowledge in an area of contemporary relevance/challenge. Career options include working in Architecture firms or various other parts of the AEC industry acting as strategic designers or champions of design within multi-disciplinary teams.

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 1224 262728