Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc

This MSc is centred on furthering the understanding of architecture and urban design as instruments in the development of society. Using the theoretical and analytical framework of space syntax, the programme involves the study of architecture from the scale of buildings to small-scale urban design through to planning entire cities.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 3-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,750

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students develop an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the built environment and its functions considered as spatial, physical and human systems, and acquire a high level of skill in research and analysis of the built environment and its functions in support of better and more humane design.

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.

Students benefit from teaching from the Bartlett's 'SPACE' research group, one of the world's leading architecture research groups and from Space Syntax Limited, an architectural and urban design consultancy that applies space syntax theories and methods into practice on internationally renowned projects.

Over the past decade, the Space Syntax Laboratory and Space Syntax Limited have worked on major projects with some of the world's leading architects.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Buildings, Organisations and Networks
  • Adaptable Cities
  • Principles of Analytical Design
  • Spatial Cultures
  • Architectural Phenomena
  • Spatial Justice


  • There are currently no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students submit a 10,000 word dissertation related to the main themes of the programme, typically involving a directed research project on a building or urban site.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, hands-on computer workshops and a variety of field trips in and around London. Assessment is through essays, written and take home examinations, oral presentations, debates, group and individual projects, classroom exercises and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

HRP Heritage Science Scholarship

Historic Royal Palaces is funding this scheme in order to increase the numbers of ethnic minority students in the Heritage Science sector.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A second-class Honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification in an architectural or urban design related subject is usually required, although consideration will be given to applicants from other fields, particularly: Human Geography, Anthropology, and Archaeology.

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 are available from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

International equivalencies

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 attracts architecture and design students from across the world as well as the UK. The ability to model, analyse and research building and urban environments is a sought-after skill in the major architectural and planning practices and consultancies in the UK and worldwide, improving employment opportunities on graduation.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities at graduate level
  • why you want to study Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how do you see the proper role of research in design
  • do you have experience of using space syntax or other built environment research methodologies?
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates of the programme go on to many different career routes: some have progressed to PhD degrees and have obtained academic positions in top universities worldwide, others have found teaching positions on architectural programmes; some go into policy-making activities; and many have ploughed their knowledge back into furthering their architectural/design careers. In the past few years an increasing number of graduates have obtained jobs at Space Syntax Limited.

First destinations of recent graduates include: Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects and Ouzounowpounou & Papataristou Architects.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Portland Design Associates, Urban Retail Strategy Developer, 2008
  • Cube Design, Architect, 2009
  • Halcron Group, Urban Designer, 2011
  • Arup, Trainee Architect, 2011
  • Space Lab, Workplace Consultant, 2011


This programme enhances students' abilities in the filed of architectural/urban morphology, spatial analysis, network analysis, urban/architectural theory and the social aspects of the urban environment. Graduates of this programme can be involved in both professional and academic activities. Graduates who choose to go into practice will have a leading- edge in evidence-informed and research-based design. Those who choose an academic path will have the advanced knowledge and skills required for high-level academic positions.

Next steps


Mr Craig Daraz

T: +44 (0)20 3108 9746


Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

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