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Advanced Architectural Research PG Cert

Architecture and engineering have a history where research and practice go hand in hand, where many great practices have grown as a result of fundamental research and where many research projects arise from ground-breaking design. This is especially true during periods of economic inactivity when recent modes of working are called into question and new modes (sometimes based on rediscovered historical precedent) are established.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 months
  • Part-time: 18 months

Programme start date

September 2016 or January 2017

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£3,815 (FT)
£7,640 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a Master’s degree in architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an equivalent professional architecture or design qualification.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The Architectural Research PG Cert is designed to help students take their individual work to a higher level of design and/or theoretical development. This could materialise in the form of new physical or drawn work that strengthens the individual portfolio, or in the form of a personal exhibition, or as a written piece that extends an earlier piece of writing to become a conference paper or journal article.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module.

Core Modules

  • Advanced Architectural Research Submission


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Teaching and Learning

Students are allocated to an individual tutor who works with them to define an appropriate mode of research and submission. Students are encouraged to attend open lectures and crits. They also have full use of the Bartlett workshop, computer clusters, DMC London, the Bartlett Media Hub and Library.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Advanced Architectural Research PG Cert


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on financial need

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship

£400 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners Award

£5,000 (1)
UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Graduates from this programme are currently researching and teaching at UCL and elsewhere and are publishing their work on an international stage.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Fully funded PhD, UCL (2014)
  • Architect, Jonathan Dunn Architects (2013)

Why 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.

Outputs from the programme include group exhibitions, such as ‘Constructing Realities’, which was held at Arup's Phase 2 Gallery in central London.

Student / staff ratios › 150 staff › 400 taught students › 100 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"Building up my skills and work has since helped me to pursue a career in architecture that engages in public spaces (museums and galleries), as well as being able to design interactive films for use in major exhibitions. I have a continued dialogue with the tutors at UCL, and am often invited to act as a guest critic or tutor. Perhaps most importantly, other students on the programme remain some of my closest friends and collaborators, and act as an inspiration for future work."

Tetsuro Nagata

Advanced Architectural Research PG Cert (2010)
Student review

"UCL students work and debate closely with other teachers and lecturers. Moreover, both students and staff are always part of a multicultural and international community. My experience with the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research (PgCaar) allowed me to develop original research from an existing piece of work, providing the unique opportunity to move from my MA towards my PhD project with research already in place."

Gregorio Astengo

Advanced Architectural Research PG Cert

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

This programme provides an ideal framework for those students who are thinking of taking a PhD and need help in formulating their research question. Candidates will be allocated an appropriate personal tutor to guide them closely in their work.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Advanced Architectural Research at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Architectural Research at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

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