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Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1, Short Course

Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 days
University rank #23 (QS) ,
The Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1 course offered at The University of Edinburgh is providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this three week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design.


Edinburgh’s historical urban development is well documented. Using methodological prompts from key theorists and practitioners including pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes, a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, the course will be framed around a small design project situated within the city.

In the Architecture and Urban Design Studio 1 course offered at The University of Edinburgh you will have the chance to develop your techniques in creative fieldwork, using specific artefacts and sites of study to assess the context of the design project and the relevant spatial interventions and urban design principles.

The design project will require you to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city and metropolitan landscape, combining creative fieldwork with interpretive historical paradigmatic research and design. 

For students planning to enrol on a postgraduate course – such as the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Architectural and Urban Design – a credit-bearing version of this course is available, which can constitute a 20-credit optional module to be carried forward.

Who should choose this course?

This course is ideal for students with a background in architecture or urban design who are considering postgraduate study. A high level of drawing skills will provide an excellent platform for obtaining the most from this course.

Students must possess a first degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and/or Urban Design. A portfolio must be submitted as part of the course application.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand both contemporary debates and scholarly traditions within the history, theory and design of buildings and cities
  • Display advanced methodological training in architectural design-led research and research-led design
  • Demonstrate rigorous design and research skills and practices
  • Show In-depth knowledge of the theories of Patrick Geddes and other urban paradigms
  • Relate architectural research to interdisciplinary fields of inquiry 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Designed as a studio-based experience, this course will combine theoretical and methodological study, delivered through lectures, seminars, and fieldwork in the urban environment in Edinburgh. 

The course will run each week day, for up to 9 hours per day throughout the three-week duration, either in studio or on fieldwork. Guest lectures, seminar sessions and tutorials will take place regularly and students will be given detailed course documentation which will provide information on specific activities and required production for assessment.

Students on the course will be expected to demonstrate an immediate and ongoing productive output that will conclude with exhibition and presentation material.

  • Lectures: 10 hours (5 lectures)
  • Seminar/Tutorials: 20 hours
  • Fieldwork: 20 hours
  • Students will be directed to undertake fieldwork: supervised (x 2); and unsupervised (as determined necessary by individuals, groups and/or tutors)
  • Practical: 100 hours
  • Total Hours:  150


Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree, and portfolio submission
  • IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1779 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1779 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1779 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1779 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
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