Adaptive Architecture and Computation MRes
The Adaptive Architecture and Computation MRes offers a self-directed route which concentrates on research skills, for those intending to take a doctoral degree or those looking to take their existing architecture and computating experience to a higher level. The programme can be taken alone or as the first year of the EngD VEIV.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
- Overseas Full-time: £20,100
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
On completion of the programme, students will be able to use computational techniques in architecture, understand and predict the consequences of their design actions through computational processes, integrate their predictions into the design process, and carry out self-sufficient research into new methods and processes.
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 dozens of 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 and has all the resources of a world city to hand.
The Adaptive Architecture and Computation programme at UCL offers a unique perspective on the application of technology to the built environment. The course team, drawn from the world-leading SPACE research group, comprises both architects and experts in artificial intelligence.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of taught modules (30 credits), research skills modules (30 credits) and research projects (120 credits).
Students complete project reports for the research projects listed above.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars as well as individual and collaborative projects. Time is dedicated to studio sessions with experienced tutors who have a track record of research into architecture and computation. Assessment is through unseen examination, 3000 word term paper and project reports.
Further details available on subject website:
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. Some basic computing experience is expected.
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 primarily intended for graduates and professionals with either intermediate or advanced programming skills who would like to specialise in research into parametric design, emergent architecture or interactive systems.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Adaptive Architecture and Computation at graduate level
- why you want to study Adaptive Architecture and Computation 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
After completing the course, many graduates go on to join leading architectural and engineering practices, either directly with design teams or with specialist modelling groups. In the past three years, graduates have joined Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, KPF Associates, Aedas, Arup and Mott MacDonald.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Space Intacts, Urban Planner, 2009
- Foster + Partners, Design System Analyst, 2008
- G and L Architects, Architect, 2008
- RTKL International Ltd, Project Manager, 2010
- Ars Electronica Futurelab, Creative Engineer, 2011
Our MRes, concentrates on your research skills, offering a self-directed route if you are intending to take a doctoral degree or are looking to take your exhisting architecture and computing experience to a higher level. Alumni have joined (or founded) cutting edge emerging digital design practices such as United Visual Artists or Moving Brands, and moved into academic research.
"I established contacts with many researchers at UCL and with people outside the university through the various seminar series held at my institute, and most importantly through presenting my research at conferences in various parts of the world."
Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency, 2012
Subject: Energy Institute, Faculty: Built Environment
"Many events and seminars are organised by the UCL Energy Institute or the Bartlett School. They are usually delivered by eminent people in the sector (both from academy and industry). Students are always welcome and warmly encouraged to take part in the discussion and networking sessions."
Degree: Energy Demand Studies MRes
Subject: Energy Institute, Faculty: Built Environment
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