The new MA in English Building History

A little late to be classified as “news” perhaps, but I am delighted to announce that the new MA in English Building History (which I developed) is now available at the University of York, with applications for the September 2018 intake open (though places are almost filled!)

The MA is a three-year, part-time, online collaborative programme delivered by the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The programme is delivered in a fully-supported distance learning environment, with blended learning support for the final year Independent Study Module.

Over the course of study, we broadly cover England’s architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. A range of significant buildings and sites from vernacular dwellings to the Country House are considered, and thus the difference between vernacular and polite styles of building. As well as engaging with key themes and debates, students will be trained in the practical skills of analysis. You will learn how to recognise archetypal styles, and how these were shaped by technological, social, economic, geographic and cultural forces; different methods of investigation; and the relevance of such buildings today, drawing on examples from across the country.

The programme starts in late September/early October, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions. Hence, if you are interested, please look at applying now, as it has proven to be extremely popular.

Postgraduate loans are also available. To find out whether you may be entitled to one, see here.

If you would like to find out more or for the application portal, see the website here. Or if you have any questions about the content, the structure, the application procedure, etc., please do not hesitate to drop me an email at

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