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Architectural History


This MA is the UK’s first and best-known in architectural history, and unique in providing a coherent and intensive forum for students to develop their own independent approaches.

Why choose The Bartlett

We are:

  • one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world
  • located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014), and ranked the best British school of architecture by AJ100 for 13 consecutive years
  • based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
  • the school where students have won a total of 6 Bronze, 3 Dissertation, and 10 Silver RIBA Presidents medals

Who should apply

We’re looking for architects who have qualified or who are in the process of qualifying, and graduates from other disciplines wishing to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history.

About the course

On this course you will:

  • examine architecture and cities from the early-modern 16th century to the 21st century
  • focus on the social, ideological, creative, political and urban contexts of architecture, rather than individuals, landmarks or styles
  • critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces, cities, films, drawings, maps, plans and paintings
  • benefit from the wide range of research, study and personal opportunities London has to offer

Key staff

Programme director: Dr Peg Rawes

See our programme information sheet for more details


Compulsory Modules

Critical Methodologies of Architectural History

Research and Dissemination of Architectural History

Option Modules

Architecture in 19th and 20th Century Britain

Representations of Cities

Theorising Practices/Practising Theory: Architecture, Art and Urbanism

History and Theory of Digital Design

Materialist Ecological Architecture

Multiple Modernities Architecture

Practices of Criticism

Also see the Programme Information Sheet for showcase extracts of outstanding dissertations. 


Programme Director: Dr Peg Rawes

Programme staff: Professor Iain Borden, Dr Ben Campkin, Professor Mario Carpo, Dr Edward Denison, Professor Murray Fraser, Dr Barbard Penner, Dr Peg Rawes, Professor Jane Rendell, Dr Tania Sengupta and Dr Robin Wilson.

Please download the Programme Information Sheet for details of staff research interests.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject, and some understanding of the issues facing historical and critical enquiry into architecture.

See our programme information sheet for more details.

Programme information sheet

The Programme Information Sheet below includes module descriptions, staff research interests, career opportunities, dissertation extracts and alumni testimonials. Please download and read it before making your application.

MAAH Programme Information Sheet

For more information about applying to study at The Bartlett, visit the Applying page.