Taught course

Architectural History and Theory

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or its international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. - IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores - TOEFL-iBT: Total 100 (at least 20 in each module) - PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections - CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc programme is intended for students who seek advanced training in the history and theory of architecture.

It provides methodological and conceptual tools essential for contemporary research and affords the opportunity for the in-depth study of a select topic in the history and theory of architecture.

This 12-month programme comprises one core course and two optional courses each semester. A 12,000-15,000 word supervised dissertation is completed during the summer following the two taught semesters of the programme.

The programme embraces the entirety of architecture’s history and geography as its territory of teaching and research. The corse courses - ‘Methods and Paradigms of Research’ and ‘Histories and Theories Architecture' - seek to strengthen your understanding of both interdisciplinary and disciplinary approaches to the field.

The range of optional courses of the taught programme is determined by key areas of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's (ESALA) staff research: Britain (especially Scotland) and the British colonial world; Germany and Central Europe; Europe and Eurasia; the Americas; Medieval and Renaissance Italy; nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and contemporary architecture; history of landscape; history of construction technology; urban and cultural theory. Courses in these and related areas are taught by leading historians and theorists of architecture.

Additionally, students may enrol in courses offered by allied disciplines: History of Art; Archaeology; Architectural Conservation; History; Literature, among others. The flexible profile of the programme reflects the diversity of positions within the fields of architectural history and theory, making it suitable for students from a broad range of backgrounds and with a variety of interests and career objectives.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086