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.
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.
- 24 months
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesArchitecture History View 24 other PhDs in Architecture in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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.
International21150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 24 months.
National4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 24 months.
- International - £10,575
PhD PT fees
- International - £10,575
- Home - £2,250
Living costs for Edinburgh
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