MA Architectural History and Archaeology
UCAS code: VVH4
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Architectural History and Archaeology
This programme aims to equip you with an understanding of architecture's formal qualities, theoretical frameworks and relationship to the wider cultural, social, economic and political circumstances in which works of art and architecture were created.
It also aims to give you an understanding of historical and archaeological methods and a sensitivity to issues of historical and cultural difference.
This includes the use of primary documentation and historical sources to illuminate works of architecture and archaeological artefacts and remains.
You will combine the survey course in Architectural History with Year 1 courses in archaeology. The programme's flexible structure allows you to take option courses from other academic areas across the University.
Over the long vacation at the end of Year 1, you will be required to undertake three weeks of fieldwork.
You will focus on architecture's shaping and accommodating of our communal life. This is combined with archaeology courses on Scotland 'before history' and archaeology in action. The programme's flexible structure allows you to take option courses from other academic areas across the University.
You will study Texts & Theories in Western Architecture and Archaeology in Practice and will choose option courses in architectural history. You have the option of a work placement.
Specialist honours courses are chosen on the same basis as Year 3. You will also complete a dissertation.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching takes place across a range of facilities all located in the Central Area.You have access to design studios, well-equipped workshops, computer labs and libraries.
Teaching on the Architectural History & Heritage programme takes place in lecture theatres and seminar rooms located in the Central Area, as well as during field trips.
The University is investing in the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA ) estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
Study abroad options are available. These are organised in conjunction with the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) Exchanges Coordinator and vary according to timing and location.
How will I learn?
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, projects, study trips and practical experience.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams and presentations. There is a dissertation submission in Year 4.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Graduates have a variety of career options, such as conservation, land management, heritage or historical consultancy. The University Careers Service offers effective help and advice.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
- A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
- IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 at A
- SQA Intermediate 2 at C
- GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:
- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)
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In Year 1 you are expected to participate in an archaeological fieldwork project. Normally, the minimum requirement is three weeks of field experience. Archaeological projects often charge a participation fee.
We are able to make a contribution towards your mandatory fieldwork but the overall cost to you will depend on the type of work chosen and the location.
In later years, you may opt to undertake additional practical archaeological work in the vacations following Years 2 and 3.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
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