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The University of Edinburgh

Architecture

UCAS Code: K100

Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,B,B

Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4 and Mathematics at A or 7, or Mathematics and Physics both at B or 6, or Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (or science double award) at B or 6. Evidence of artistic ability is normally required at either A Level or GCSE.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

43-39

43 points with 776 at HL - 39 points with 666 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 6 or Mathematical Studies at 7. Evidence of artistic ability is normally required at either HL or SL, e.g. Visual Arts or Design Technology.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A-A,A,A,A

Applicants who achieve these grades by end of S5 will be preferred. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C. Either Mathematics at A or Mathematics and Physics, both at B. Evidence of artistic ability is normally required at either Higher or National 5 level.

UCAS Tariff

128-165

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Architecture

This programme is offered by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

All 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 development of broader academic interests, either our three-year BA Architecture or our four-year MA (Hons) Architecture, including a variant of the MA (Hons) with an exchange study period abroad (full-year of single-semester).

The character of both programmes is shaped by the educational, research and practice expertise of its committed staff. Students are part of a broad creative community of artists and scholars, including design tutors with practice and specialist expertise, supported by world-class workshops and technical facilities.

Models of design thinking and working grow directly out of operating within the unique, fine-grained, stratigraphic context of a place of outstanding architectural interest and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The programmes are carefully structured to foster in you a breadth of understanding of architecture as part of culture and society, informed by the contemporary conversations taking place not only in architecture, but in landscape, construction, urbanism, economics, politics and ethical practice.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£28,950
per year
International
£28,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Central area campus

Department:

Edinburgh College of Art

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

73%
low
Architecture

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

49%
UK students
51%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A*

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Architecture

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

51%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
9%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
9%
Design occupations

Architecture had a difficult time a few years back during the great recession, but those days are over and the degree is in demand as house building and infrastructure have increased in importance. Most working architects secure jobs in the architecture industry, more usually starting as assistants rather than full-blown architects or chartered technicians. Some, however, move into management, design or marketing roles, where they find their planning, design and project management skills are very welcome. Nearly half the architecture-related jobs last year were in London or the South-East, and this group are rather more likely than average to find their jobs through personal contacts, so polish your networking skills, or see if you can get work experience if you want to succeed as an architect.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture, building and planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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