University of Edinburgh: Reflective Design Practices (MSc (Res))

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Telephone 0131 651 5736
Study type Research


The MSc by Research in Reflective Design Practices is focused on the styles of thinking and action associated with the practice of architecture and the forms of knowledge that result.

The programme is designed for experienced practitioners and designers who have assembled a significant body of built or designed work, and have a record of critical and creative engagement with the discipline of architecture.

The programme offers you an opportunity to audit, review and critically reflect upon the nature of your practice. Your work to date serves as a platform from which to negotiate possible future directions of your practice. The programme is underpinned by a wider commitment to the idea of the reflective designer and practitioner as a basis for creatively engaging with the rapidly changing contours of contemporary society.

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Qualification MSc (Res)
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours in a five-year professional architecture training degree, or its international equivalent. You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application if you have professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.


The programme provides research training (research design, representational media, design strategies, data collection and analysis) that enables creative and critical engagement with architectural design. It is designed to be flexible enough to be tailored to individuals' needs, and to offer preparation to advanced level research.

Location Central area campus
George Square

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