Architecture - Applied Architecture & Design

An innovative and personalised Master’s programme for enthusiastic students with an undergraduate degree in architecture who wish to explore future opportunities in architecture, urbanism, design and creative industries.

Course Content
This is a personalised Master’s programme for engaged students who would like to make the most of their time at Queen’s. The work produced throughout the year will be a collaborative effort between you, your year group, our award-winning academics and practicing architects. Because this yearlong course does not require you to meet prescription for qualification, it encourages you to work both within and beyond the realm of conventional architectural practice. We would like you to push the boundaries of your imagination and the limits of architectural media, while working with other architects, designers, artists and filmmakers.

You will work on modules including design, humanities and technology, questioning norms in architecture throughout. You will complete a major thesis project, the topic and methodology of which will be self-directed. You will be able to use the thesis as a means to experiment with new ideas, technologies and media, and as a gateway to your future career goals.

The course encourages lateral thinking, problem solving, creativity and engagement with design in a self-critical process. It will address issues as diverse as our survival on the planet and alternative ways of thinking about what architecture can be and do.

Subjects taught

Semester 1 - AAD Design Studio 1, Technical Dissertation, and Humanities Dissertation
Semester 2 - AAD Design Studio 2, Technical Dissertation, and Humanities Dissertation

Semester 3 - Thesis Project
The modules listed below are compulsory. Field trips will enrich the programme; last year, we have spent a week in Naples, Italy. Students are also encouraged to incorporate other Queen’s modules (INTO academic skills, advanced English, languages, history, introduction to film studies, etc.) as long as timetables allow.

AAD Design Studio 1 (30 CATS), Semester 1/12 weeks
AAD Design Studio 2 (30 CATS), Semester 2/12 weeks
Humanities Dissertation (30 CATS), Semester 1+2/24 weeks
Technical Dissertation (30 CATS), Semester 1+2/24 weeks
Thesis Project (60 CATS), Semester 3/12 weeks (Summer)

Entry requirements

1. A recognised qualification acceptable to the University which is equivalent to a UK 2.1 Honours degree in Architecture. A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be considered alongside a very strong design portfolio and relevant professional experience.

2. Normally an assessment equivalent to 60% or above in their (first degree) final year major design project.

3. A demonstration of a critical awareness of the applicant’s position relative to the profession and discipline of architecture. Such demonstration is typically in the form of a personal statement.

4. International applicants must submit an architectural design portfolio. A three minute video may also be submitted to support their application (submission of the video is optional). Applicants may also be invited for interview.

Portfolio and Video Requirement for Application
As part of the application process you must upload a single pdf portfolio of your best architectural design (personal, non-group) work to date. The pdf should be no more than 5MBIn addition, you may prepare a three minute optional video in relation to one of the following questions: What is architecture for you? As a designer, what are you curious or ambitious about? What would be your dream project? Please upload your video on Vimeo or YouTube, adjust your privacy settings, and provide the link on the cover page of your portfolio. The purpose of the portfolio/video submission is to:

i. Identify indicators of commitment, excellence and achievement within the applicant’s academic or professional portfolio of experience.
ii. Evaluate the applicant’s critical awareness of the discipline and profession of architecture.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Employment after the Course
By completing the programme, you will graduate with an MSc Architecture degree within a year from a Russell Group university in the UK. Strong graduates will be eligible to apply to the MArch for direct entry into the second year, if they wish to complete Part II of the RIBA/ARB criteria leading to eligibility to sit Part III, the Professional Examination and registration as an architect in the UK. Therefore, the MSc is ideal for postgraduate students who have not chosen their career paths yet. If you would like to push the boundaries of your education and think outside-the-box, MSc is for you.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Daytime

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