Taught course

Advanced Architectural Design (ARB and RIBA part 2 course)

University of Strathclyde · Department of Architecture

Entry requirements

First- or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, and evidence of studio work of an acceptable quality. All entrants must have exemption from RIBA Part 1 Examination. Students with a 3 year Honours degree must complete 1 non-graduating year of study in the Department's BSc (Architectural Studies) course before starting PGDip.

Months of entry


Course content

The PgDip in Advanced Architectural Design represents the final stage of academic architectural education en route to Part 2 professional qualification. Subject to an invitation from and approval by the Course Director, satisfactory completion of all diploma work, and presentation of a clear and ambitious programme of work, students may extend their study for an additional three months in order to convert their Diploma into an MArch.

The course covers current theoretical approaches to urban issues and architectural design. You will:

  • develop formal and technical architectural ability
  • undertake a comprehensive urban and/or architectural design project
  • demonstrate awareness of management procedures relevant to design practice
  • carry out a detailed examination of an issue or issues of particular architectural and/or urban significance

The course comprises studio design work, lectures, special projects and workshops.

Classes include urban history and theory, mapping architecture, digital media, sustainability and environmental assessment and landscape design. Studies are predominantly project-based and demand a high level of design ability. The course carries ARB/RIBA Part 2 Exemption for students who have already completed at least four years of full-time architectural study.

Information for international students

So far, students from forty-five different countries have graduated from the course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Ellen Thomson
+44 (0)141 548 4219
+44 (0)141 552 3997