University of Edinburgh
School of Architecture
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
University of Edinburgh
School of Architecture
School of Arts, Culture and Environment
20 Chambers Street
United Kingdom

N 55° 56' 52.28'', E 55° 56' 52.28''
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t: +44 (0) 131 650 2306
Prof. Angus Macdonald
Head of school
Degree programmes
Faculty profile

EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART merged with EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY in 2011 to form a single, larger department within the University. This information on these two pages is out of date and needs to take account of recent changes.

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Edinburgh is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the combination of medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town giving it a unique urbanity. The University of Edinburgh offers the ideal environment for the study of architecture and architectural history. The Department of Architecture was established over forty years ago and is housed in a series of inter-linked buildings in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Department’s teaching and learning ethos explicitly draws on this rich urban environment.

Student Activities

Architecture students play an important role in the management of the Department. The Students Architects, Society (EUSAS) organises lectures and social events.


Accommodation can be provided.

Admission Requirements

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Tuition fees

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Application Deadline

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Undergraduate, Master of Art, 4-year programme, Undergraduate, 240,

Master of Arts, with Honours, in Architectural Design (ARB/RIBA PART 1 accredited)
Master of Arts, with Honours, in Architectural Studies
Master of Arts, with Honours, in Architectural History

Undergraduate, Master of Architecture, 2-year programme, Undergraduate,

Master of Architecture (Design) (ARB/RIBA PART 2 accredited)
Master of Architecture (Studies)
Master of Architecture (Digital Media)
Master of Architecture (Digital Media Studies)

Postgraduate, Taught Masters, 1-year programme, Postgraduate,

MSc/Dip in Advanced Architectural Design
MSc/Dip in Design and Digital Media
MSc/Dip in Sound Design
MSc/Dip in Sound Environments
MSc/Dip in Architectural Project Management (distance learning)

Our degree programmes support various passions, vocations and careers relating to the discipline of architecture. The most recognizable of these is as an architect. To be an architect in the United Kingdom involves three examinations named ‘Parts 1, 2 and 3′ respectively. The standards for these examinations are set and overseen by the Architects’ Registration Board and the Royal Institute of British Architects. At the University of Edinburgh, education for Part 1 is offered in the MA Architectural Design, Part 2 in the MArch (Design), and Part 3 support in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme. The scope of architectural education is broad, and it can also lead to careers in the built environment and the creative arts more generally. Other career options are supported by specialised programmes we offer: undergraduate MA programmes in Architectural History and Studies; joint degrees in Archaeology, Social History and Structural Engineering; one-year postgraduate MSc programmes in Design & Digital Media, Advanced Architectural Design, and Sound Design; and MPhil and PhD research programmes

Educational programme
Master of Arts with Honours Programmes:
The Department of Architecture offers
three MA programmes, each involves four
years’ study. The four-year undergraduate
MA has a long tradition in Scottish
universities. It is structured as a 2 x 2 year
programme: Years 1 and 2 provide solid
foundations within specifi c disciplines,
while Years 3 and 4 – know as ‘Junior and
Senior Honours’ Years respectively – allow
more space for intellectual exploration
through Option courses. This includes
a sandwich year in ‘Placement’ which if
fully credited as part of the degree. This
structure, coupled with the wide range of
courses on offer at the University, allows
students great freedom to construct a
rigorous course of study closely tailored
to their individual interests. The MA
with Honours in Architectural Design is
a vocational studio-based course, and
graduates earn an exemption from Part
1 of the Examination in Archtiecture of
the Royal Insittute of British Architects
(RIBA) and Architects Registration Board
(ARB). The MA with Honours in Architectural
Studies concentrates on the more
academic aspects of archtecture, and will
reward strengths in science, technology
and cultural studies. Architecture offers
a four-year MA with Honours in Architectural
History, as well as joint MA Honours
degrees with Archaeology, History of Art,
and Social and Economic History.

Master of Architecture Programmes:
The MArch is a two-year programme,
and is distinctive for its emphasis on a
depth pedagogy allowing students longer
periods to work through carefully defi ned
contemporary problems. Architecture offers
one primary MArch programme:
MArch (Design) (Part 2). Entry to this
programme requires applicants to have
ARB/RIBA Part 1 status for their fi rst
degree, and leads to exemption from the
ARB/RIBA Part 2 examination, the second
stage in training to be an architect.
The following, non-ARB/RIBA-validated,
programmes are also offered: MArch (Digital
Media), MArch Studies (Design) and
MArch Studies (Digital Media). The MArch
(Digital Media) offers a specialism in digital
media. Intending applicants whose fi rst
degree does not carry Part 1 status, usually
because their qualifi cation was gained
at an overseas institution, are advised to
opt for either the MArch Studies (Design)
or MArch Studies (Digital Media).

Postgraduate Programmes:
The Graduate School is the postgraduate
division of the School of Arts, Culture
and Environment, and administers the
School’s postgraduate programmes. The
Graduate School is located in Nicolson
Square, within fi ve minutes walk of the National
Library of Scotland, the City Central
Library, and the main University Library
– one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
Architecture offers a range of postgraduate
programmes in both ‘taught’ and
‘research’ modes. Taught programmes
involve a series of seminar-, studio-,
or lecture-based modules relating to a
specifi c fi eld, and culminate in a dissertation
on a topic of the candidate’s choosing.
Research programmes (such as the PhD)
emphasize greater research training and
involve more ambitious dissertation work.
Further information on each Postgraduate
Programme can be obtained for the
following website