Taught course

English Building History

University of York · Centre for Lifelong Learning

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Entry requirements

Typically, you'll be a graduate in a related subject area. We favourably consider students with a BA/BSc award in any subject and evidence of recent higher education level of study in this area.

We are committed to ensuring an open access application process. We therefore seek to ensure that those without a first degree, but with evidence of substantial ability and/or achievement in a professional field, and/or those who can demonstrate regular use of the skills and expertise required for academic research and writing, have the opportunity to join. In such instances, you may be asked to submit a 1,500-word critical essay in the field of English Building History for consideration by the admissions panel. In such instances, individuals must also have a minimum of A-Level or equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Delve into the history of English architecture, explore a range of building styles, from vernacular dwellings to the Country House, and learn how they were shaped and developed by the societies surrounding them.

Throughout the course you'll broaden your expertise of key historic buildings and the wider environment, from c.1000 to 1950, and focus on significant periods: Medieval and Early Modern, the Neo-Classical Tradition and Victorian, all the way to more modern architecture.

You will learn how to recognise archetypal styles of buildings and how these were shaped by technological, social, economic, geographic and cultural forces. You will also learn different methods of investigation and the relevance of specific buildings today, drawing on examples from across the country.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Amanda Pauw