Join the MSc Architectural History and Theory and explore the latest methods, approaches and theories in the field. You’ll draw on the expertise of leading scholars and benefit from an unrivalled range of electives. As the programme progresses, you’ll gain practical experience through field trips and an optional work placement opportunity.
You’ll be based within one of Europe’s leading cultural cities. Combining a medieval old town, a Georgian New Town and exciting contemporary buildings and spaces, Edinburgh is a place of outstanding architectural interest and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’re confident you’ll find it a rich, dramatic and inspiring place to study.
The degree features two compulsory courses designed to strengthen your understanding of both interdisciplinary and disciplinary approaches within the field. In addition, you’ll select up to four optional courses drawn from three schools across the university. Finally, under the guidance of a supervisor, you’ll undertake and complete a dissertation over the summer period.
• Methods and Paradigms of Research
• Histories and Theories of Architecture
Optional courses drawn from the following areas of specialism:
• Architecture of the United Kingdom
• The British colonial world
• Europe, Eurasia and the Americas
• 19th and 20th century and contemporary architecture
• Baroque and Enlightenment architecture
• Medieval and Renaissance architecture
• Ancient architecture
• History and theory of conservation
• Urban and Cultural theory
• Designed landscape history
• Construction history
Available options may vary from year to year.
On-site learning is an exciting part of the programme. As a student, you’ll travel with a member of the staff to a specific site within the UK or abroad to visit buildings, cities, or archives. Locations of visits are directly integrated with coursework.
You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience via work placement opportunities at national and local institutions that specialise in the documentation and interpretation of the historic built environment.
The programme provides excellent preparation for careers that engage with the history and interpretation of architecture and the built environment and for doctoral research.
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score •IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores •TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module) •PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections) •CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B