Glasgow School of Art
Mackintosh School of Architecture
Glasgow, GB
Glasgow School of Art
Mackintosh School of Architecture
167 Renfrew Street

N 55° 51' 58.33'', E 55° 51' 58.33''
Mrs Pauline O'Neill 
Academic Support Manager
t: +44 141 353 4500
Professor Sally Stewart Professor of Architectural Education and Practice,
Head of school
Degree programmes
Bachelor programmes: english
Masters Programmes: english
Master programmes: english
Doctoral Programmes: english
Faculty profile

The Mackintosh School of Architecture is based in Glasgow School of Art, where architecture has been taught for over a century. Our programmes which are professionally prescribed and validated by the ARB and RIBA , may be followed in full-time or part-time modes. Its qualifications are conferred by the University of Glasgow.

As one of the leading Art Schools in the UK, The Glasgow School of Art welcomes international students to all of its courses. The School offers an environment in which difference is encouraged and diversity of background and approach is valued. The Mackintosh School forms part of this creative community.

The Mackintosh School of Architecture has always been a proving ground for progressive thought and has been part of the learning experience at the GSA since the middle of the 19th century.

We remain one of only a handful of UK schools offering a part time mode of study, allowing students to work in practice and study simultaneously, providing a continuous thread to our origins.

The Mackintosh School has been a significant influence in the renaissance of Glasgow in its investigation of architectural and urban design issues in the city. This thematic focus on Glasgow is developed in parallel with exposure to a broad spectrum of opinion.

426 students (240 Bachelor, 180 Master, 6 PhD), 35% of foreign students.

70 staff members (35 full-time and approx. 35 visiting lecturers and critics).

Student Activities

GSA Student counselling and welfare service.


Blackboard learn platform
CAD - Lab
Energy Lab
Exhibition hall,
Extensivemodelling workshop
Laser Cutter
Model shop
Photographic Studio
Printing facilities
Publishing department "Yearbook"


All our residential accomodation is within a short distance of the Garnethill Campus.  Margaret Macdonald House (MMH) is located on Buccleuch Street in the Garnethill area of Glasgow. A virtual tour/walk is available on the GSA's Youtube channel.

Admission Requirements


Bachelor of Architecture: 4 Scottish Highers at ABBB (min) (one sitting) or AABB (two sittings) to include English and Maths or Physics, and preferably Art.

or 3 A levels at ABB (one sitting) or AAA (two sittings() to include English and Maths or Physics.

International qualifications will also be considered.


Diploma in Architecture, Master of Architecture: First degree in Architecture or exemption from Part 1 of the ARB/RIBA examination in Architecture.


First degree at honours level

All Programmes

Students educated outside the UK may also require to provide evidence of language proficiency

Tuition fees

Please contact school for current fee information for Home and EU students, Rest of UK students and International students or visit our website at

Application Deadline

B.Arch: application through UCAS, deadline of January Institution Name: GSA  Institution Code: G43 UCAS Code: K100

Applications to the part-time mode should be made directly to the School

Diploma in Architecture and Master of Architectural Studies: application direct to School, for application details see

Bachelor programmes, Architecture, 3-years FT to Ordinary degree, four years FT to Honours, level, ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption, Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours), english, 180,

4-years PT to Ordinary degree level, ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption

4-years FT to Honours degree level, ARB/RIBA Part 1 exemption

Masters Programmes, Architectural Studies, 1 year FT, Master of Architectural Studies , english, 90,

1 Calendar year for MArch Studies, 45 weeks of tuition over three consecutive semesters

Master programmes, Architecture, 2 years FT or three years PT, Diploma in Architecture, english, 120,

Two years FT  or three years PT

or (1 year following the BArch Honours year)

Doctoral Programmes, Doctoral Studies, 3 years FT or 5 years PT, Doctor of Philosophy, english,

The discipline of architecture has been part of the Glasgow School of Art since GSA’s inception as one of the first government Schools of Design in 1845, and is fundamental to its profile. In 1893 the department of architecture organised formal courses in relation to the setting up of the RIBA Examination in Architecture. RIBA confirmed exemption for the Intermediate Exemption to holders of the School’s Diploma, making the Glasgow School of Architecture the fifth oldest recognised school in the UK.

We remain one of only a handful of UK schools offering a part time mode of study, allowing students to work in practice and study simultaneously, providing a continuous thread to our origins.

Teaching is based around the studio  and is strongly biased towards design, with emphasis placed on learning by doing rather than by instruction. The School’s teaching is rated ‘Excellent’ by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, and Mackintosh students and graduates figure prominently in competitions and awards. The School enjoys an excellent design reputation, and is regularly invited to exhibit at international venues such as the Venice Biennale.

At the core of the educational experience at the MSA are our studios and workshops. Studio to us means both a physical place but also a mode of working. Every student at MSA has a dedicated workspace within shared studios.

Our studios are central to defining and delivering learning and teaching, and in establishing the teaching of architecture as a collaborative and integrated approach to practice. Peer learning underpins this experience, while thinking and making characterises studio activity.

Our programmes and teaching are organised around a year structure, with Design at its core, and supported through specialist teaching in architectural technology, history of architecture and urban studies and professional practice, with the aim of providing an integrated and holistic experience which prepares the student not only for joining contemporary practice, but also equipped to shape its future.

The School provides the teaching contributing to qualification required for registration as an architect in the United Kingdom and is recognised by the ARB and RIBA through its BArch (Hons) and DipArch. Through these students gain exemption from Parts 1 & 2 of examinations leading to full qualification.





At postgraduate level the degrees of Master of Architectural Studies (MArch Studies)  with specialist pathways in Urban Design, Urban Building, Creative Urban Practices, Digital Creativity, History and Theory of the City and Energy and Environment.

The Glasgow School of Art has a distinctive specialist, practice-led research culture which is widely recognised internationally. The generation of new knowledge and understanding through creative practice, scholarship and criticism in Fine Art, Design, Craft, Architecture and related fields is central to the concept of research. Our researchers include internationally renowned artists, designers, architects, historians and critics.

The MPhil is a one-year postgraduate research degree programme based in one of GSA’s five schools – Fine Art, Design, Innovation, Architecture or Simulation and Visualisation. The programme offers full or part-time study, with a degree gained after 1 years (full-time) or 2 years (part-time) of study.

The PhD is a three-year postgraduate research degree programme based in one of GSA’s five schools – Fine Art, Design, Innovation, Architecture or Simulation and Visualisation, supervised by a Primary Supervisor and up to two additional co-supervisors (one of which may be an academic in another institution, with approval from GSA). The programme offers full or part-time study, with a degree gained after 3 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time) of study.

We offer opportunities for part-time and full-time programmes of research and welcome applications for either mode. MPhil or PhD programmes can be undertaken as practice-led projects which combine the submission of a written thesis with objects, artworks, exhibitions, performances, artefacts etc. which represent practice-led research (MPhil / PhD by Research Project) or by written thesis only (MPhil / PhD by Thesis). Applications are considered on the strength, originality and rigor of the proposal, the ‘institutional fit’ between your proposed project and GSA’s areas of expertise and on our capacity to provide appropriate supervision.

Our research culture is founded on the principles of integrity, partnership and inclusivity.

We are home to a vibrant and collegiate researcher community, grounded in peer mentoring and support. We are committed to developing leadership at every career stage to ensure the sustainability of our research environment and we foster an inclusive culture where we learn together and from one another.

Our research spans the disciplines of creative practice and theory. Much of our research is interdisciplinary and connected to our themes of excellence: Sustainable Environment and EconomiesCultural Landscape and IdentityHistory HeritageArchives and Collections; and Health and Care.

As a small specialist institution, we value our networks and working in partnership with others to develop impactful research. We have a long history of successful collaborations with many national and international higher education institutions, and with organisations in the public,  private and third sectors.

At the heart of everything we do is a desire to connect through partnership and we actively engage our student body and the public with our research through a dynamic, participatory programme of exhibitions, outreach, talks and events.

Staff are encouraged to remain professionally active, and the School’s current research activity covers a wide range of topics, including architecture and urban design, history and theory, (with particular expertise on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson), innovative construction technology, housing for special needs, conservation,  zero energy design, and design cognition.