Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,570 (FT) £6,255 (PT)
- £26,000 (FT) £12,840 (PT)
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a degree of lower classification in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive professional experience in the field 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. Candidates will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received by the department, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.
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 aims to bridge the gap between architecture and urbanism, and has a strong emphasis on physical design and radical experimentation, combined with rigorous analysis and state-of-the-art theories and methodologies. Students explore design decisions at both a strategic level and the more detailed level of urban regeneration.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (105 credits) and an urban design report (75 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
- Introduction to Urban Design Theory (15 credits)
- Thesis and Report (30 credits)
- Technical Skills (15 credits)
- Urban Design Initial Projects (45 credits)
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MArch students complete a written Urban design report of approximately 5,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, case-study presentations, site visits and field trips. As a project-orientated programme, all theoretical research work and experimental design exploration culminates in physical design propositions for specific design projects. Assessment is through design portfolio, essays, oral presentations and a written design report.
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
UCL Bartlett graduates have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work principally in the field of urban design, architecture and urban regeneration.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Urban Designer, Rankinfraser Landscape (2013)
- Architectural Designer, Benoi (2013)
- Architectural Assistant, Foster + Partners, London (2011)
- Architect, 3B Architects and Interior Designers (2012)
- Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects (2012)
Study at the UCL Bartlett 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. Some choose to continue with academic research and others go on to roles in architecture, urban design and the built environment.
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, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand.
The architecture coming out of the UCL Bartlett is characterised by a high level of invention and creativity. The school is internationally known as a centre for innovative design.
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 is designed for both recent graduates and qualified professionals who wish to be part of an experimental design environment dealing with the future of our cities. The majority of candidates come from architecture, but a small percentage come from other disciplines including social sciences, planning, engineering and geography.
- 29 July 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 Urban Design at graduate level
- why you want to study Urban Design at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- what your intellectual ambitions are
- your understanding of working practices in the field
- your awareness of issues relating to the subject
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree