Taught course

English Building History

University of York · Centre for Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Normally students will be expected to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in English Building History is a collaborative programme delivered by Lifelong Learning and the Department of Archaeology.

Over the course of study, we broadly cover England’s architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. A range of significant buildings and sites from vernacular dwellings to the Country House are considered, and thus the difference between vernacular and polite styles of building. As well as engaging with key themes and debates, students will be trained in the practical skills of analysis. You will learn how to recognise archetypal styles, and how these were shaped by technological, social, economic, geographic and cultural forces; different methods of investigation; and the relevance of such buildings today, drawing on examples from across the country.

The programme starts in late September/early October, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.

This is a three-year, part-time, MA programme delivered online in a fully-supported learning environment, with blended learning support for the final year Independent Study Module. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma if their circumstances change.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Emily Limb
+44 (0)1904 32 8482