Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies with a Year Abroad BSc

This four-year programme provides students with an understanding of architecture in relation to other disciplines, following the same flexible structure as the Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc, but offers the additional opportunity to spend the third year at an approved university abroad.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
12 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
15 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Architectural Studies subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required upon invitation, at application stage.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. No specific subjects are required but a portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Consistently at the forefront of architectural debate, the UCL Bartlett is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in architecture including design, history and theory and innovative technology.
  • This programme offers an interdisciplinary education with a specialisation in architecture and emphasis on design and creative practice without the constraints of the professional (RIBA) requirements.
  • You will develop the necessary intellectual and practical skills to engage with architecture and the city in an increasingly globalised age.
  • All students participate in the annual UCL Bartlett Summer Show, a major exhibition at the end of the academic year which attracts over 5,000 visitors.

    You will be able to benefit from a year abroad (year three) supported by UCL's Student Centre.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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.

  • 81% 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This BSc will allow you to maintain a specialisation within the built environment (60% of modules taken) and customise your own programme with a choice of optional modules (40%) taken in other disciplines at UCL, from Art History to Languages, and Management.

This programme is unique in offering its own design and creative practice modules throughout, which allows you to develop a wide range of practical and research skills. Other distinct features are its emphasis upon activity-based learning supported by study visits and field trips.

The emphasis is on the constant production of small assignments for seminars/tutorials which build up to a larger portfolio; and also on group critiques where you learn to explain your work, listen to and evaluate feedback.

As you progress you will have opportunities to direct your own projects and work collaboratively, for instance, in preparing the programme's contribution to the Bartlett Annual Show.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which normally include:
Architectural Research I
Media Studies: Looking, Making and Communicating
Making Cities: Production of the Built Environment
Project X: Design and Creative Practice I
The Historical and Cultural Production of Cities and their Architecture.

Optional modules

In addition, you will select 1.5 credits of modules from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture & Society).

Compulsory modules

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which could include:

Architectural Research II
Computing for Design and Creative Practice
History & Theory of Architecture
Project X: Design and Creative Practice 2

Optional modules

The remaining 1.5 credits of modules are selected from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture & Society).

Year abroad

Compulsory modules

You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which in the final year must include:

Project X: Design and Creative Practice 3 and/or Dissertation in Architectural Studies.

Other modules normally taken include History and Theory of Architecture

Optional modules

The remaining 1.5 credits of modules are selected from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Further details on Project X and the existing Architectural Studies BSc programme is available on the degree programme website.

Your learning

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations from experts, critiques – where individual students present to a group of experts in the field, group work, presentations, study and site visits, and field trips.


Assessment is varied. In addition to academic essays and examinations, design and creative practice modules are assessed by portfolios, which might include text, images/photographs, drawings, and which can take a range of forms. Research modules are also assessed by portfolios.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies with a Year Abroad BSc.


You will develop the ability to think critically about the built environment and to argue speculatively. You will learn key tools and techniques of architectural research, design and fabrication. Our aim is to produce independent-minded and culturally sensitive graduates who are well equipped to problem solve in complex environments of all kinds.

Students pursue careers in the fields of art, design, film, media, and curatorship or related fields such as planning or project management.


The first cohort of students on the Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies with Year Abroad BSc four-year programme are due to graduate after 2017, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available. However, recent graduates (2012-2014) from the Architectural Studies BSc (which this new programme replaces) include:

  • Set Designer, Stufish Entertainment
  • Full-time student, MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • Full-time student, MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology and Management at Brunel University
  • Full-time student, MA in Character Animation at University of the Arts, London

*Data 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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£22,850 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2017 entry will be published when they are available.

Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals with a strong interest in design and creative practice. Students should be interested in studying architectural space in an interdisciplinary way, willing to explore alternative approaches to architectural design, and to engage critically about the cultural and social life of architecture.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


Out of the applicants who meet our entry requirements, we request that they then submit a digital portfolio of creative work for review, prior to a conditional or unconditional offer being made.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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