Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)
The MArch Architecture forms a central part of the UCL 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,000. UK students who have completed their Architecture BSc at pre-£9,000 rates will be eligible for the lower fee of £3,465 (proof required)
- Overseas Full-time: £20,100
- All applicants: 27 June 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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 27 June 2014 although depending on availability late applications may be considered up until the general UCL deadline of 1 August 2014.
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
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 Fosters and Partners, RSH+P, MAKE, Arup, Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK, and Heatherwick's. There are a number of emerging practices that were formed by Bartlett graduates ioncluding Softroom, JDS and Scan Lab. Bartlett graduates have also foarged successful careers in parallel practices such as time based media, exhibitions and events, urgan and furniture design or film-making.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Aedas, Project Architect, 2009
- Royal College of Arts, Lecturer, 2009
- David Chipperfield Architects, Architectural Assistant, 2009
- UCL, Lecturer, 2009
- Self-employed Architectural Filmmaker2009
Study at The Bartlett School of Architecture i enriched by the vibrant community of specialist consultants, partners and research associates who provide valuable contact with industry and academia. Many of our staff are themselves in practice. Our stundents 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, with 95% securing employment within six months of graduation. Some choose to progress to further study and teaching, many go on to roles in design and the built environment and with some of the world's top architecture practices.
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Subject: Spatial Analysis (Centre for Advanced), Faculty: Built Environment
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