Architectural History, Research and Writing - MA

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Why study this course?

Our Architectural History, Research and Writing MA degree offers an exciting platform for approaching architecture through various topics and stories, as well as styles and methods of writing: academic essays, short journalist-like reviews, reflections and creative writing.

The course is taught by tutors with an active interest in architectural research. It provides a space for thinking about and interpreting architecture in the rich context of allied arts and humanities; fine art, design, film, music, poetry, anthropology, philosophy and ecology all play a part in the interdisciplinary discourse.

More about this course

The interdisciplinary nature of this course creates a strong sense of openness. At our School of Art, Architecture and Design you will enjoy access to a rich variety of lectures, workshops and research activities, such as our weekly research seminars.

You will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with students from other MA programmes such as our Architecture RIBA 2 MArch, Architecture MA, and Architecture and Urbanism MA. You will also reap the benefits of the commonly taught dissertation module, in which you will be taught together with our PhD, MPhil and other MA students.

Each tutor brings their own expertise to the course. These include specialist topics in the fields of architectural practice, architectural education, music, filmmaking and creative writing/poetry.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a field trip for first-year architecture students (it usually takes place in mid-late January and typical destinations include Rome, Venice, Florence or Naples). On the trip you will be able to test a field work approach and further your research. You will also have the opportunity to assist in teaching by offering guidance to undergraduate students while there.


You will be assessed on coursework only (no exams). You will produce essays (4,000 words), as well as preparatory work for your dissertation (eg abstract, research methodology, literature review etc, which constitute marked components). You will also deliver presentations of your research in class and write a dissertation (10,000 to 12,000 words).

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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in architecture, or a subject discipline related to architecture, the arts or humanities

A full online university application will need to be submitted, which includes a detailed statement to support your application for the course. If you live in the UK, you will be invited to a portfolio interview. If you live outside the UK you will be required to submit a small portfolio of work via email. To find out what to include in your portfolio, view our portfolio guidance.

Consideration will be given to those without standard entry qualifications who have gained non-certified experience through prior learning, provided evidence is given that this is equivalent to the entry qualifications for a postgraduate course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

What our students say

These students studied this degree under its former title – Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretations MA:

"The MA has proven instrumental to the development of my work. While continuing to work as an artist, I have founded flat i, a publishing project that publishes the research and process behind single works of art. Three years ago I began teaching artistic research at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art in Rotterdam, where I get to implement many of the ideas and skills I obtained during the MA, and share, discuss and push them further together with a new generation of artists and designers."

Michiel Huijben, artist and founder of Flat i publishing who went on to become a lecturer in artistic research at Willem de Kooning Academy of Art

“The MA course was a wonderful moment in my architectural education. This intense study of meaning, origins and invention richly enhanced and informed my subsequent design studies and my professional work as an architect. The themes explored during the MA course continue to inform my approach.”

Anna Crosby, architect and co-founder of Tecten Architectes

The modules on this course are impressive across the board, including the curriculum, teaching & learning methods, and quality of feedback to students. The provision is nationally and internationally outstanding in its combination of intellectual ambition, imagination and rigour, the sophisticated use of the humanities for the enhancement of architectural education, and overall excellence of both tutor and student accomplishment.

Dr Alexandra Stara, Reader & Associate Professor in the History and Theory of Architecture, Kingston School of Art (formerly external examiner of the course modules)

Where this course can take you

Students from the MA (under its previous title: Architectural Histories, Theories and Interpretations MA) have gone on to teach at higher education institutions. Others have continued their architectural career equipped with insights into the historical fabric of buildings and cities.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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