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Architecture (MScR)

Course Description

Research profile

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.

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 Conservation

Our 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.

Training and support

Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.


Research programmes in architecture are served by high-quality library facilities. All students in the programmes are provided with 24-hour-accessible study space, as well as access to well-equipped multimedia laboratories, photography and exhibition facilities.

Visit the Architecture (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK, in a relevant subject.

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