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Architectural and Urban Design - MSc



1 year


Conceived as a ‘design studio’, our MSc in Architectural and Urban Design provides specialist training in urban design for candidates who already hold an architectural degree. You will have the opportunity to sharpen and extend your skills in developing contemporary urban contexts through analysis, research and experimentation.  

The programme will enable you to articulate, advocate and present architecture and urban design with social and environmental respect and responsibility to a range of audiences. We place particular emphasis on design techniques, digital and other progressive modes of representation, and architectural and urban theory.  

What you will study

In our studio, you will develop design proposals for particular international urban conditions, based on the contribution of design to the wider life and workings of the city. Research methods will involve intense fieldwork in the chosen city of study, with themes and outputs guided by the research interests and expertise of your tutors.   

Previous cities of MSc study and visit include: Valetta, Malta (Island Territories); Shanghai, China (Borderlands); Cadiz, Spain (Salt City); Florence, Italy (Curating The City); Venice, Italy (Clouds of Architecture); Marseille, France (Irrigations); Casablanca, Morocco (Fragments); Lisbon, Portugal (Unsure Ground); Olbia, Sardinia (The Loving Metropolitan Landscape); and Mumbai, India (Parasituation).  

You will be part of a dynamic, international body of students who work closely together and with other students and experts from a range of related programmes and disciplines. There is a particularly strong association with students and tutors from the postgraduate Master of Architecture programme.


On completion of this programme, you will have added a significant qualification to your existing architectural degree, one that is held in high regard by potential employers. You will be equipped to practice in an area of architectural and urban design that critically engages in the broader debates and dilemmas of contemporary global culture.  

The skills and learning you will gain will help you to pursue your career at a higher level, or branch out into a particular specialism. The portfolio of work you will produce may also provide the basis of entry to the PhD Architecture by Design Programme.

Why you should choose this programme


Sharpen and extend your skills in using architectural design methods as a form of urban research in a studio environment.


Work on projects related to ‘real world’ places and challenges.


Benefit from a stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment.


Curate, produce and present sophisticated multi-media exhibitions. 


Gain the skills and methodologies to show leadership within architectural, landscape and urban design team contexts, internationally.

How to apply & entry requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance.

Submitting a portfolio is one of the most important parts of the application process for the Architectural & Urban Design - MSc programme. 

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