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Architectural History MA
This MA is a unique institution in the field of architectural history, theory and criticism. Over the past 25 years it has provided a coherent and intensive forum in which students develop and test their own approach to the subject, engaging with established and emerging subjects, theories and methodologies.
What will I learn?
The programme features architecture of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Rather than focussing on the work of individuals, stylistic classification or normative categories, the programme locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political and urban processes, exploring the boundaries of what might be regarded as legitimate architectural objects of study.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
Located in London, it is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and has all the resources of a world city to hand.
This MA is the UK's longest established programme in its field, and prioritises the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3-5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word report and an oral examination.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, building and gallery visits, video and film screenings, group working and one-to-one tutorials. Assessment is through coursework, consisting of short exercises, classroom presentations, and longer essays for individual modules, a 10,000-word report and oral examination, and verbal presentations.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level. For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for architects who are already qualified or in the process of qualification, and for graduates of other disciplines such as art history, history, geography or anthropology who wish to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history or acquire a foundation for research in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Architectural History at graduate level
- why you want to study Architectural History at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- what do you see as the main issues facing historical and critical study of architecture
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates from the Bartlett have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. Many graduates from the programme have gone on to research, teach and publish at universities and other institutions worldwide.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Ait: Assistant to Publisher
- City University: Course Administrator
- Salisbury Cathedral: Voluntary Archivist
- Caro Communications: Account Executive
- London School of Economics: Cataloguer
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: