This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design.
The programme structure comprises a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one optional course subject, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.
Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.
PhD 3 yrs FT (6 yrs PT available for UK/EU students)
MPhil 2 yrs FT (4 yrs PT available for UK/EU students)
MSc by Research 1 yr FT (2 yrs PT available for UK/EU students)
Research in architecture at Edinburgh motivates both the intellectual and creative facets of our activities and our collaborations with a rich range of institutions within the UK and internationally. We promote interdisciplinary approaches to this understanding of architecture. We organise our research interests into a number of clusters:
Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
We have particular strength in the history of architecture in Britain and the British colonial world (18th and 19th centuries); Germany, Central Europe and Russia; European and North American Modernism; Renaissance Italy; the history of landscape; the history of technology; the international history of mass housing and urban development; the theory and philosophy of architecture; the philosophy of place; and critical enquiry and methodology.
Design and Studio Practice
We focus on studio pedagogy; research-led teaching; research in and through design, as informed by themes in contemporary architectural theory; and methodologies of urban research and fieldwork.Technology, Environment and Sustainability We offer expertise in lightweight steel structures; the building envelope; concrete construction; design and manufacturing; and sustainable design in both qualitative and quantitative senses, looking at environmental response, design theory, rural planning and user-centred solutions.Architectural ConservationOur focus includes conservation theory and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; and the challenges of bridging the gulf between heritage and new architecture.
Digital Media and Design
We have expertise in the spatial, social and philosophical implications of media; the relationship between computers and design practice; cognitive models of human-computer interaction; 3D modelling; mobile computing; the sonic environment; and e-commerce.The MSc by Research programme consists of a compulsory research methods course, one option course of your choice and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research. Students pursuing MPhil or PhD degrees are required to undertake research training, which can take the form of semester-long module or shorter-term intensive training courses, and may consist of workshops on research methodologies designed for students working in art, architecture and allied disciplines. Alternatively, MPhil and PhD students may take a combination of the short postgraduate skills training courses offered by the Institute for Academic Development
Normally a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK, in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.
No work experience is required.
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