Architecture MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Architectural Design: architecture; architectural design research; architectural education; conceptual design; building design; architectural technology and fabrication; digital innovations in architecture.
  • Architectural History and Theory: historical studies of Western architecture and cities post-1800, with particular focus on the 20th century; architectural thought and aesthetics; the history of architectural and urban space; critical theory and architectural history; cities and their representations.

IRIS logo

Visit the IRIS research portal to learn more about researchers' activities, research groups, research centres and interdisciplinary networks across the whole of UCL.

IRIS department: Faculty of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. A Master’s degree or equivalent is highly desirable.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


All Built Environment funding opportunities are advertised on our Scholarships website

Scholarships available for this department

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship

For current students of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning. The scholarships are awarded for the purposes of architectural education through travel, and take the form of travel grants, the amount of which will be related to the distance travelled and includes all overseas countries.

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


Our graduates find employment in a wide range of careers as built environment professionals as well as in academia, government, public service, policy formation and media worldwide.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Architectural Practice, Principal Partner, 2010
  • American University of Dubai, Assistant Professor of Architecture, 2010
  • Chelsea College of Art and Design, Senior Lecturer, 2009
  • Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Director, 2012
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Curator, 2012


Graduate study at The Bartlett School of Architecture is enriched by the vibrant community of specialist consultants and research associates who provide valuable contact with industry and academia. Located within the centre of London, we collaborate on projects with a variety of national and international research centres and public engagement institutions. Out students also benefit from the most advanced and broad suite of facilities available to any such faculty in the EU. This combination of networks, knowledge and technical expertise makes our graduates some of the most sought after in the world.


We facilitate an increasing number of networking opportunities for our students, uncluding book launches and social events; lectures; collaborative projects and visits.

Next steps


Bartlett Graduate Faculty

T: +44 (0)20 3108 9018/9004/9002


Bartlett School of Architecture

Register your interest

Keep up to date with graduate news from UCL and receive personalised email alerts. Register your interest

Make an application


Prospectus subject


Faculty overview

Built Environment


View videos about UCL and its global impact on our YouTube channels: Study UCL and UCLTV.

Student View

"The city of London has become an essential part of my research and it very much serves as a generative classroom for my studies. I have found London to be a wonderful city for extending networks and undertaking independent research and instructional positions outside of UCL."

Danielle Willkens

Degree: PhD

Student View

"In my field of study I can learn the latest technological advances that relate to the urban environment and how to use them to become a better professional."

Flora Roumpani

Degree: PhD

Subject: Spatial Analysis (Centre for Advanced), Faculty: Built Environment