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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Architecture, Building & Planning

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    21 months full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    25 October 2018

Programme description

This is an exciting and innovative programme of study, based in one of the most beautiful and architecturally important cities in the world.

The programme combines flexibility with rigour, allowing students to select from an exciting menu of studio courses and a choice of curricular pathways through the degree.


The programme has Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. RIBA validation was achieved in 2011 and again in 2017.

For further information about ARB and the prescription of architectural qualifications, visit:

Programme structure

You will undertake a series of advanced-level research exercises and design projects, engaging with structural, environmental, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic questions. Non-studio courses encompass technology, contemporary architectural theory and management practice and law.

The programme emphasises studio-based investigation within a stimulating environment that enables creativity, experimentation and critical engagement with architectural design.

It offers the opportunity to select from:

  • studios linked across the full two years
  • a series of discrete thematic studios that vary from year to year

Many studios engage in collaborative working with other international institutions, research partners and particular user groups. There is a clear emphasis on the relationship between architecture and the city and the evolution of the student’s individual position in current theoretical debate.

During the course of the programme you will complete a comprehensive design project, accompanied by an illustrated report explaining its theoretical, environmental and technical dimensions. Projects are developed by way of drawings, models, digital representations and written reports. The trajectory of your work during the programme is documented in an academic portfolio at the end of the second year.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Architecture programme will have the capacity to:

  • Conceptualise, research and structure a rigorous architectural design thesis enquiry.
  • Develop a critical architectural response to a culturally, politically, and/or environmentally charged urban context.
  • Devise and articulate a complex spatial, programmatic, material, structural and environmental architecture to high level of resolution.
  • Formulate and reflect upon a mode of contemporary architectural practice with reference to contemporary architectural theory.
  • Achieve, at Part 2 level, the General Criteria and Graduate Attributes as defined by the Architects Registration Board of the UK.

Career opportunities

The MArch degree forms the second stage in a process that will enable you to register and practise as a professional architect in the UK.

Visit the Architecture (MArch, ARB/RIBA part 2) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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