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Architectural History, PhD, MPhil

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This Architectural History programme at The University of Edinburgh is intended for students who seek professional training in the history and theory of architecture. It offers the historiographical perspective and methodological tools required for advancing architectural history through a substantive work of scholarship. 
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Overview

In the Architectural History programme at The University of Edinburgh, you will benefit from the environment of rigorous intellectual exchange supported by an extensive network of architectural history staff, a rich programme of architectural history lectures and workshops, and a dynamic atmosphere of student research leadership.

Through a combination of supervised original research and thesis writing with optional internships and other professional opportunities, you will gain a deep knowledge of architectural history as a field, as well as spectrum of investigative and rhetorical skills. You will mature as a scholar and thinker within an exceptional community of architectural inquiry—one of Britain’s largest and most broad-ranging centres for the study of architectural history.

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from Edinburgh College of Art's (ECA) interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University - according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

The research culture is supported by seminar and public lecture programmes, and discussion groups.

Students are required to take a course (or courses) in research training during their degree at the University. This may take the form of a semester-long course offered within ECA at the University, consisting of workshops on research methodologies designed for students working in art, architecture, and allied disciplines.

Alternatively, students may take a combination of the short postgraduate skills training courses offered by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), or any other research methods training suggested by their supervisor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

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

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

       PhD - 3 years

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

        PhD - 6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • This programme comprises three years of full-time research supervision under an expert in your chosen subfield of architectural history, followed by an 80,000-100,000-word supervised dissertation. You will have the option to attend advanced courses in Methods of Architectural Research and Historiography and to gain invaluable teaching experience as a tutor in survey courses.
  • In consultation with your supervisor, you will situate your project as a productive addition to the practice of architectural history and craft a feasible plan for domestic and/or international research. You will enjoy intensive writing coaching as well as the chance to present your findings and receive targeted feedback at every stage of your project’s development. In addition, you will receive support in applying for fellowships and guidance on career paths open to you after graduation.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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General Requirements

  • Normally a UK masters degree, or its international equivalent. We will also take any professional experience into account.
  • If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20100 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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MPhil PT fees

  • International - £10,050

PhD FT fees

  • International - £20,100

PhD PT fees

  • International - £10,050

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • Edinburgh College of Art scholarships

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