Architecture is more than technical, environmental or historic expertise. Studying and practising architecture has the potential to shape culture, aspiration and community, to deepen our experience of the modern world and to imagine our futures. In Architecture you will learn from leading architectural practitioners and researchers through architectural design exploration and proposition, and thematic approaches to briefs and sites, informed by theoretical and practical knowledge. 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 year abroad. Both programmes have Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription and full Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. The character of both programmes is shaped by our cultural and institutional context, as well as the expertise of our lecturers and tutors. Situated in a unique and inspiring physical context, the programme has developed a reputation for its focus on architecture. It is carefully structured to foster in you a breadth of understanding of architecture as part of a larger world and lies within the contemporary conversations taking place not only in architecture but in economics, political concerns and ethics. We are one of the UK's largest schools of architecture and landscape architecture with a respected international profile. We regularly host acclaimed visiting scholars, practitioners and critics. Our students achieve high levels of recognition and success, contributing to shaping the constructed environment through design, research, ideas, policy and architectural practice. As a place of outstanding architectural interest and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edinburgh offers the perfect setting to study the historic built environment. Our exclusive MA (Hons) Architectural History & Heritage programme is the only programme of its type in the UK. With fascinating geological, ecological, rural, post-industrial, cultural and urban design phenomena and sites nearby, you have fertile ground to study and work with. Our programmes support you to develop rigorous, responsive and imaginative approaches to contemporary architectural, urban and landscape practices.