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History of Architecture

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
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5075 GBP/year
2800 GBP/year
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The Postgraduate Certificate in History of Architecture at Birkbeck, University of London explores built and designed objects, their social, economic and political contexts, their connections to culture and thought, and their urban and landscape settings. This course will train you at a high level to look at, think and write about, and research architecture and its fascinating histories.

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Overview

You will discover varied approaches to the study of architecture and the course allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods that you find particularly interesting. Through option modules, you can choose to study the early and modern - including contemporary - periods and range across a variety of geographic places. You will improve your visual and spatial acuity, deepen your knowledge of architecture's histories, and hone your ability to understand and contribute to stimulating critical debates. You will also improve your research skills. 

This History of Architecture programme at Birkbeck, University of London offers you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in the history and theory of architecture, interiors, and cities. You will work closely with them, while also benefiting from being part of our diverse and vibrant student body, which includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Teaching is enriched by walks and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved in research and community outreach activities. 

This course comprises two of the modules from the corresponding MA degree. It is ideal if you are interested in studying the history of architecture at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA. This flexible part-time evening study course allows you to explore your passion for architecture and its histories and you can go on to complete our Postgraduate Diploma or MA History of Architecture, if you wish. 

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in the heritage and museums sector, media and education. Possible professions include heritage professional, museum/gallery curator, arts administrator, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in becoming a community arts worker, multimedia specialist, or higher education lecturer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Frameworks: Histories and Theories of Art, Architecture, Photography
  • Archaeological Architecture
  • Architecture and Spectacle in Late Medieval Europe
  • Art Nouveau: Art, Design, Modernity in Paris 1889-1914
  • Bramante to Palladio Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Italy
  • Gothic in England: Architecture, Liturgy and Identity 1170-1360
  • Rome: Place, Continuity and Memory
  • Space and Politics in Modernity

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process. 

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).
  • For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. If you are in this position, you do not need to complete an admissions exercise.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5075 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Funding

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