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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
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Graduate Architectural Design MArch
The Graduate Architectural Design MArch is a 12-month programme concentrating on advanced design. It encourages the individual to discover his or her individual expression. Students on this programme benefit from continuous discussion of work via tutorials and reviews and the opportunity to study at an internationally renowned centre for innovative design.
What will I learn?
The programme aims to develop the student's interest in, knowledge of and understanding of architecture design, past and present, including its historical, theoretical, and technological aspects. In so doing it offers society the resource of intellectually trained individuals capable of understanding architecture and its relation to wider contexts of society.
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, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand.
The new architecture coming out of the Bartlett is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity, and many prizes and awards are received by Bartlett graduates.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students are introduced to the theoretical concepts which underpin the MArch programme through lectures and initial design projects. Students undertake a thesis project, report and work in specialist teaching groups. modules are design-based with specialist lecture input.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, site visits and workshops, and incorporates both individual and group working. Assessment is through coursework assignments, essays, and portfolio examinations.
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.
All candidates will be asked to send a portfolio of design work. Candidates will be contacted regarding their design work once their application has been received by the department and should not upload or post work unless requested to do so.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for both recent architecture graduates and for qualified architects: people who wish to be part of a more speculative design environment. In its first seven years the programme has attracted students from more than 25 different countries, many of whom have been on major scholarships and awards.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Architectural Design at graduate level
- why you want to study Architectural Design at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. There is a growing demand for our graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. While the main source of employment remains in local government and central government planning and in planning related consultancy, graduates are also employed in the housing and transport sectors; planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies; utility companies and teaching and research.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- 3S Architects & Designers
- MRJ Rundell Associates
- Diver City
- Forum Architects
- Hamilton Architects
- Foster & Partners
- Capita Architects
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: