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Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1738

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,500 (FT)

Presently, this programme has three awards of £5000 per annum available to successful candidates.

Two are sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and one by the architectural practice Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. All successful applicants are considered for the award.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

The MArch Architecture forms a central part of the Bartlett's internationally renowned architectural design programme. The process is one of critical scepticism allied to creative innovation. Much of the current work by staff and students is at the forefront of developing new intellectual and formal concepts in global architecture discourse.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Design is the primary module of study and is taught through units. Design portfolios vary considerably in content; some emphasise drawings, some present animations and films, and some manifest mostly as physical models or installations. All are relevant paths to take and provide an opportunity to experiment and excel.

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 the world's largest 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.

Successful completion of the programme leads to UCL’s Architecture MArch and, in addition, exemption from Part 2 of the ARB/RIBA examinations.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

The programme consists of five core elements. The first year (known as Year Four) comprises three modules, followed by two modules in the final year.

Year Four

  • Advanced Architectural Design I
  • Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Practice)
  • Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)

Year Five

  • Advanced Architectural Design 2
  • Advanced Architectural Thesis


Not Applicable.

Teaching and Learning

The unit system of teaching is supported by lectures and seminars held by a diverse spectrum of leading practitioners and academics. Design work accounts for 65% of the programme, and assessment is through portfolio, essay, design realisation report, thesis and an interview with an external examiner in Year Five.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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 corporate membership of one of the following UK professional institutions: the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

A third acceptable qualification is an architecture or architecture-related degree from a recognised overseas university with 2:2 equivalency. Details of qualification equivalencies are available on the country pages of the UCL International Students website

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 28 June 2013 although depending on availability late applications may be considered up until the general UCL deadline of 2 August 2013.

All Architecture candidates are asked to present a portfolio of design work. Candidates will be contacted regarding their design work once their application has been received by the department.

Who can apply?

RIBA/ARB Part 2 exemption is awarded upon successful completion of the MArch Architecture programme. Part 1 is not needed to enter the programme and some offers are made to candidates who do not have RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from previous degrees, usually overseas applicants.

Overseas students seeking professional Registration in the UK must contact the Architects Registration Board separately in order to gain RIBA/ARB Part 1.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Architecture at graduate level
  • why you want to study Architecture 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The unit system ensures that an open, active and critical debate is sustained by the school on what constitutes architecture, and reinforces the Bartlett ethos that architectural knowledge and expertise is synthesised through student's own projects.

Bartlett graduates are amongst the most sought after employees by leading and emerging practices including MAKE, HOK, AHMM, Future Systems, RSH+P, Fosters, Block, and Heatherwick's. Some graduates of the programme, such as the groups or individuals; Lynn Foxx, Mobile Studio or Squint, have also foraged successful careers in parallel practices such as time base media, exhibitions and events, urban and furniture design or film-making.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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