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Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

The Architecture MArch is a two-year full-time Master's degree which, in addition, leads to exemption from ARB/RIBA Part 2. The programme has an international reputation and is generally regarded as one of the leading Part 2 programmes in the UK.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

TBC by Govt (FT) N/A (PT)
£22,850 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 27 March 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. The fee level for this programme is currently under review by the UK government as part of their proposals for the Teaching Excellence framework and will be published on the UCL Current Students website as soon as it is available. UK students who completed their Architecture BSc at pre-2012 rates (i.e before the undergraduate tuition fee cap increased to £9,000) will be eligible for a lower fee of £TBC. It is the student's responsibility to prove their eligibility.

Accreditation: RIBA and ARB Part 2 accredited
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in Architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification in Architecture of an equivalent standard. 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). 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.

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 MArch unit system of teaching ensures that an open, diverse 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 throughout the student's own projects. Much of the current work by staff and students is at the forefront of developing new intellectual and formal concepts in global architecture discourse.

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 (known as Year Five).

Year Four

  • Advanced Architectural Design I
  • Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Practice)
  • Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)
  • Advanced Architectural Design 2*
  • Advanced Architectural Thesis*

*Year Five modules

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The unit system of teaching is supported by lectures and seminars given 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.


There is one field trip (optional) annually as part of the programme.

Maximum cost to student is £500

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


Currently the programme has three awards of £5000 per annum available to successful candidates. In addition it has one award that covers the full student fees per annum.

The bursaries are awarded by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, KPF, Hawkins Brown and the WESLDE Trust.

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 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. Other graduates have formed their own practices or 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

  • Architect's Assistant, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Architectural Assistant, Foster + Partners
  • Architectural Assistant, Haptic Architects
  • Architectural Assistant, Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • Designer, Heatherwick Studio


This combination of networks, knowledge and technical expertise makes our graduates some of the most highly valued 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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary 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.

The Bartlett has a substantial number of international students from all parts of the world, providing a dynamic global exchange of ideas, views and knowledge. Our research, partnerships, enterprise and knowledge-sharing activities similarly address all kinds of the built environment - from internal spaces, building systems and virtual environments to rural areas, from landscapes and towns to mega-cities. The school has repeatedly been voted "best architectural school in the UK" in The Architects' Journal, AJ100 poll. Over the past 20 years Bartlett nominees for the RIBA President's Medals have won more student awards than any other school.

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.

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 in any similar faculty in the EU.

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

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

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Architecture
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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

27 March 2017

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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What are we looking for?

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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