Architectural History MA
Options: PG Diploma
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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible 3-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £18,300
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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:
Scholarships available for this department
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.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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.
Top career destinations for this programme
Architect's Journal, Editorial Assistant, 2012
- 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Chief Curator, 2011
- American Intercontinental University, Lecturer, 2010
- Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Curatorial Assistant, 2010
Postgraudate study at the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is situated within a vibrant graduate and research environment, including a large cohort of PhD students and an extensive range of faculty members with interests in architectural history and theory. Students on the Architectural History MA are immersed in one of the world's largest and most innovative centres for architectural history and theory, and are able to engage in innumerable seminars, research representations and other events. Our graduates are highly sought after. Some choose to continue with academic research or teaching, others go on to roles in the visual arts, education, publishing, heritage, design and architecture.
"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."
"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."
Subject: Spatial Analysis (Centre for Advanced), Faculty: Built Environment
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