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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£9,000 (FT)
£20,700 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
27 March 2015
Fees note: £9,000. UK students who have completed their Architecture BSc at pre-£9,000 rates will be eligible for the lower fee of £TBC (proof required)

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Year Four

  • Advanced Architectural Design I
  • Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Practice)
  • Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)

Year Five

  • Advanced Architectural Design 2
  • Advanced Architectural Thesis


Not Applicable.

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


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 relevant to this department are displayed 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

UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


The unit system ensures that an open, active and critical debate is sustained by the school on what constitutes architecture, and reinforces The Bartlett's ethos that architectural knowledge and expertise is synthesised through students' own projects.

Bartlett graduates are amongst the most sought after employees by leading and emerging practices including Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Make, Arup, Zaha Hadid Architects, HOK, and Heatherwick Studio. There are a number of emerging practices that were formed by Bartlett graduates including Softroom, JDS and ScanLAB Projects. Bartlett graduates have also forged successful careers in parallel practices such as time based media, exhibitions and events, urban design, and furniture design and/or film-making.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Architectural Assistant, We Made That (2013)
  • Architectural Assistant, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (2013)
  • Architectural Assistant, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (2013)
  • Architectural Assistant, Hopkins Architects (2013)
  • Architectural Assistant, Make Architects (2013)


Study at The Bartlett School of Architecture is 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 students 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.

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.

Successful completion of the programme leads to UCL’s Architecture MArch and, in addition, exemption from Part 2 of the ARB/RIBA examinations.

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

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

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?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
The deadline for applications is 27 March although depending on availability late applications may be considered up until the general UCL deadline.

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
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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