Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

History of Architecture

Our programme explores built and designed objects, their social, economic and political contexts, their connections to culture and thought, and their urban and landscape settings. This course will train you at a high level to look at, think and write about, and research architecture and its fascinating histories. You will discover varied approaches to the study of architecture and the course allows you to focus in depth on areas and periods that you find particularly interesting. Through option modules, you can choose to study the early and modern - including contemporary - periods and range across a variety of geographic places. You will improve your visual and spatial acuity, deepen your knowledge of architecture's histories, and hone your ability to understand and contribute to stimulating critical debates. You will also improve your research skills. This programme offers you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts. Our teaching staff are defining the field, conducting ground-breaking research in the history and theory of architecture, interiors, and cities. You will work closely with them, while also benefiting from being part of our diverse and vibrant student body, which includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Teaching is enriched by walks and site visits, visiting speakers, screenings and opportunities to get involved in research and community outreach activities.

Entry requirements

MA: Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme. If you are in this position, you do not need to complete an admissions exercise.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Two coursework essays of 5000 words each. Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: Three coursework essays of 5000 words each, a research project report or work placement report of 6000 words. MA: Three coursework essays of 5000 words each, a research project report of 6000 words and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Birkbeck Student Advice Service
Telephone number: 
02039070700