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Urban Design MArch
The Urban Design MArch is a design oriented and project based programme, with a strong research component, which aims to enhance the quality of our cities by brining innovative design into a new relationship with the latest theoretical research on the special structure of urban form.
What will I learn?
The programme aims to bridge the gap between architecture and urbanism, and has a strong emphasis on physical design and radical experimentation, combined with rigorous analysis and state-of-the-art theories and methodologies. Students explore design decisions at both a strategic level and the more detailed level of urban regeneration.
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 architecture coming out of the Bartlett is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (120 credits) and an urban design report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
All MArch students complete a written Urban design report of approximately 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, case-study presentations, site visits and field trips. Project-orientated, all theoretical research work and experimental design exploration culminates in physical design propositions for specific design projects. Assessment is through design portfolio, essays, oral presentations and a written design report.
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 graduates and qualified professionals who wish to be part of an experimental design environment dealing with the future of our cities. The majority of candidates come from architecture but a small percentage come from other disciplines including social sciences, planning, engineering and geography.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Urban Design at graduate level
- why you want to study Urban Design at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- what your intellectual ambitions are
- your understanding of working practices in the field
- your awareness of issues relating to the subject
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Bartlett graduates 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. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work principally in the field of urban design, architecture and urban regeneration.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Allies & Morrison
- Council: Urban Designer
- Farrells & Partners
- Richard Rogers Partnership
- Zaha Hadid Architects
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: