Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 3-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,570 (FT)
- £24,400 (FT)
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an equivalent overseas qualification in an architectural or urban design related subject is usually required. Consideration will also be given to applicants from other fields, particularly human geography, anthropology and archaeology, and to applicants with degrees of a lower classification if they have considerable senior-level professional experience in the field. 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.
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.
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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The programme addresses the study of architecture and cities using the theoretical and analytical framework of space syntax and wider approaches. Students learn to specialise in one of several streams related to contemporary world challenges: sustainable urbanism, social inclusion and exclusion, informal settlements, architecture and computing, spatial cognition, the physical and immaterial dimensions of social networks and design innovation.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
- Buildings, Organisations and Networks
- Adaptable Cities
- Space Syntax Methodology and Analytical Design
- Spatial Cultures
- Architectural Phenomena
- Spatial Justice
- Analytical Design Research Project
- E-Merging Design and Analysis
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.
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.
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on financial need
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £400 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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: CABE, Foster and Partners, Aecom, Arup, Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects, Buro Happold and Space Lab, as well as various academic or research positions at prestigious international universities or research centres.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Urban Designer, Halcron Group (2011)
- Trainee Architect, Arup (2011)
- Workplace Consultant, Space Lab (2011)
This programme enhances students' abilities in the field 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.
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.
The programme is unique in the world in integrating architecture and urbanism, and adopting a user-centred approach. Students receive advanced and exceptional training in theories, data analysis and their creative integration with design thinking.
The degree draws on the rich design industries in London including Space Syntax Ltd and provides networking opportunities to help advance students in their academic and professionals both during and after the programme.
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?
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.
- 29 July 2016
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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, and at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how you see the proper role of research in design; whether 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