The two year Edinburgh Master of Architecture Programme (MArch) offers a unique design and research-led teaching landscape that aims to be a fertile ground for understanding and augmenting the theory-practice foundations and potentials of the discipline.

The programme has developed a reputation for its focus on architecture and the city, and in the new context of ESALA, is opening up inquiry into architecture and landscape. Critically and complimentary, parallel methodologies and pedagogies are offered in the programme as curriculum pathways, which are structured as modular or integrated design studios. Unique to the Edinburgh MArch is the 2 year long pathway anchored typically around a European city or territory. In all pathways, the aim is intelligent and creative architectural design informed by rigourous critical enquiry developed through the structured openness offered by thematically directed studios.

The strengths of the programme are:

  • Engagement with the contemporary city in an age of globalization
  • International reputation for investigative and creative pedagogies
  • Critical enquiry through making, and attention to materiality, situation and presence through traditional disciplinary practices alongside innovative techniques and technologies
  • Contributions from eminent international architects, educators and scholars
  • Developing links with specialist postgraduate programs - for instance Cultural Studies, Conservation, Advanced Architectural & Urban Design, Advanced Sustainable Design, Digital Media

Students who come to Edinburgh will find a supportive and stimulating environment in which to engage creatively and rigorously with the many facets of contemporary architectural discourse and practice. The two-year Master of Architecture is a full-time graduate level programme of study that leads to a professional qualification in architecture and exemption from the ARB/RIBA Part 2 examination.


MArch is the professionally accredited route and the ESALA MArch has been awarded RIBA and EU validation.

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