M.Sc. On Campus

Architectural History and Theory

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Architectural History and Theory at The University of Edinburgh 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. 


The Architectural History and Theory programme at The University of Edinburgh will provide you with a firm basis in the methodological and theoretical paradigms of architectural history. Through a combination of coursework and supervised dissertation research with optional internships, you will acquire both a breadth of historical understanding and rigorous research practices.

Learning outcomes

The MSc Architectural History and Theory seeks to provide the following core learning outcomes:

  • Critical understanding of both contemporary debates and scholarly traditions within the history and theory of architecture

  • Advanced methodological training in architectural research

  • Acquisition of rigorous research skills and practices

  • In-depth knowledge of a sub-field of architectural history or theory

  • Ability to relate architectural research to interdisciplinary fields of inquiry

Career opportunities

The programme provides preparation for doctoral research, work in industries that document and interpret the built environment, work in museums and conservation agencies or journalism and media.

Programme Structure

This programme comprises:

  • two compulsory courses focused on methodology
  • four option courses, which draw on staff research expertise
  • a 12,000–15,000 word supervised dissertation

Additionally, you may enrol in courses offered by allied disciplines such as history of art, archaeology, architectural conservation, history, literature and 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU - £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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