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Architectural History MA

This MA is unique in architectural history, theory and criticism postgraduate study, providing a coherent and intensive forum in which students develop independent approaches to the subject. Graduates progress to academic, journalistic, curatorial and architectural professions with diverse skills in established and emerging subjects, theories and methodologies.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£10,400 (FT)
£23,020 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Entry Requirements

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 Faculty Office.

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 programme examines architecture and cities from Early-Modern 16th-century to contemporary 21st-century contexts. Rather than focusing 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 constitute legitimate architectural objects and sites of study.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core Modules

  • Critical Methodologies of Architectural History
  • Research and Dissemination of Architectural History


  • Students choose four of the following:
  • Architecture in 19th- and 20th-century Britain
  • The Representation of Cities
  • Theorising Practices: Architecture, Art and Urbanism
  • History and Theory of Digital Design
  • Materialist Ecological Architectures
  • Multiple Modernities Architecture
  • Practices of Criticism


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, building and gallery visits, film screenings, group working and one-to-one tutorials, and a field trip (optional). 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Architectural History MA


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 the UCL Bartlett are very successful in gaining subsequent employment in the Uk and internationally. 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, including national media, publishing and heritage organisations, art galleries and museums.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Sub Editor, <i>Architect's Journal</i> (2013)
  • Assistant Curator Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago (2012)
  • Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2014)
  • Copywriter, S+E Studio (2013)
  • Chief Curator, 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2011)


Postgraduate 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary built environment faculty, 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 at 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.

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

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

Degree reviews

Student review

"Being enrolled on the Architectural History MA programme has been one of my best educational experiences. Interdisciplinary approaches and critical writing were the two most significant abilities that I acquired during my coursework, and have reshaped the way I see the built environment today. The time spent at the Bartlett was not just about attaining another degree; rather it manifested as real-life endeavours, including being a research assistant to the Director of UCL Collections at RIBA. The pedagogical structure of the Architectural History MA helped in questioning my views and concerns about the built environment in relation to history and with reference to development in different parts of the world. Thus at every step the seminars, exercises and other academic or non-academic activities, trained me to find my own niche. Now I have been offered the opportunity to help establish India's first architectural archive."

Ishita Shah

Architectural History MA

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?

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, the visual arts, history, journalism, geography or anthropology who wish to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history or acquire a foundation for research in this field.

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 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
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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