Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Architecture and Architectural History & Heritage

Why choose Architecture and Architectural History & Heritage at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our architecture programmes are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and have full Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation.

  • We're ranked 1st in Scotland and in the UK's top 10 universities for architecture/built environment in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • As a place of outstanding architectural interest and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh offers the perfect setting in which to study the built environment.

Study abroad

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Aitalina Semenova 4th year MA (Hons) Architecture
Aitalina Semenova 4th year MA (Hons) Architecture

Introducing Architecture and Architectural History & Heritage

Architecture's scope is more than technical, environmental or historic expertise. Studying and practising architecture has the potential to shape culture, aspiration and community, to deepen our experience of the modern world and to imagine our futures.

In Architecture you will learn from leading architectural practitioners and researchers through architectural design exploration and proposition. Thematic approaches to briefs and sites are informed by theoretical and practical knowledge.

Our Architectural History & Heritage programme offers an unrivalled breadth of study in the historic built environment. It places the history of architecture, fine art, and heritage management within the context of urbanism and the cultural history of cities.

You will learn about different architectures of the past, the relationship of buildings and urban environments to the societies that produce them, and techniques for recording and preserving historic structures and urban fabric.

Pathways for Architecture

All architecture students are admitted to the MA (Hons) Architecture programme. At the end of Year 2 you will have a choice of pathways enabling accelerated progress or the development of broader academic interests - either our three-year BA or our four-year MA (Hons), including a variant of the MA (Hons) with an exchange year abroad.


Both programmes have Architects Registration Board (ARB) Part 1 prescription and full Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation.