Architecture offers the capacity to explore wider social, cultural, and political themes. This undergraduate programme in Architectural History and Heritage is rooted in this potential and places the history of architecture, fine art, and heritage management within the context of urbanism and the cultural history of cities. Teaching takes place through lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, site visits and field research. These draw on the extraordinarily rich urban context of Edinburgh itself, as well as the architectural heritage of Europe and beyond. With its unique concentration of professional architectural historians, Edinburgh offers an unrivalled breadth of study in the historic built environment. Our staff specialise in topics ranging from ancient and medieval, through the early and late modern periods, to the twentieth century, including expertise in heritage theory and conservation practice. Our programme engages with the latest research in all these areas. Our architecture programmes are prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and have full Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. You will have opportunities to gain hands-on experience through embedded periods of integrated practice. As a place of outstanding architectural interest and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh offers the perfect setting in which to study the built environment. We're ranked first in Scotland and 11th in the UK for architecture/built environment in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.