Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Architecture BSc

The Architecture BSc aims to inspire and exercise you in a wide and diverse range of experiences so as to develop an independent, creative, experimental and rigorous approach to design. You are guided in discovering your own vision in architecture within a vibrant and exciting culture.

Key information

UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
14 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
100 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Architecture subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview 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 at interview 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. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

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

  • Architecture BSc is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in the discipline, including design, history and theory, professional practice and innovative technology. The school has been voted the UK's best by The Architect's Journal every year since 2001.
  • Excellent resources, including an extensive workshop (known as the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, or B-MADE) that is widely regarded as the best of its kind in UK architectural education.
  • B-MADE offers access to traditional woodwork and metalwork resources, as well as robotics, 3D printing, CNC machining, 3D scanning, advanced computing and materials testing.
  • All students participate in the annual Bartlett Summer Show, a major exhibition at the end of the academic year which attracts over 5,000 visitors.

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).

Year one is centred on design studio projects which develop the central skills of observation, design, critical thinking and representation, emphasising the expression of ideas in three dimensions. Complementing this are lecture courses on history and theory, production of the built environment, and technology, as well as a field trip to a major European city in the second term.

In years two and three, you join one of up to ten design units. Each unit offers a specific architectural agenda, allowing you to develop personal architectural interests and to work with architecture in relation to subjects as diverse as craft, making, film, history, technology, philosophy and science.

Your work in the second and third year studio is complemented by core lecture, workshop and seminar series in computing, technology, history, theory and professional studies.


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

Compulsory modules

Design Projects (4 x 0.5 course units)
Environmental Design (0.5 course units)
History of Cities and their Architecture (0.5 course units)
Making Cities (0.5 course units)
Structure, Materials and Forming Techniques (0.5 course units)

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Design Projects (1 x 0.5, 2 x 1.0 course unit)
Design Technology II (0.5 course units)
History and Theory of Architecture (0.5 course units)
Architectural Practice and Enterprise (0.5 course units)

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Design Projects (1 x 0.5, 2 x 1.0 course units)
Design Technology III (1.0 course units)
History and Theory of Architecture (0.5 course units)

Optional modules

All final year modules are compulsory.

Your learning

The programme is based in the studio and the majority is taught through individual design projects. Most of the design teaching is on a one-to-one weekly tutorial basis with frequent review sessions; nearly all design tutors are practising architects. History and theory, computing, professional studies and technology core modules support the design work and are taught in lectures, seminars and workshops.


70% of the programme is taught through a series of design projects and assessed through the design portfolio. The history and theory, computing, professional studies and technology modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examination.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Architecture BSc.


Successful completion of the Architecture BSc leads to exemption from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examinations. Students typically then take a year out in an architect's office in the UK or overseas before applying for a two-year Graduate Diploma/MArch programme.

Our graduates have a good record of employment and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. Increasingly, however, some architecture graduates are also using their highly transferable skills in other design-related disciplines, such as film-making, website design and furniture design.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Architect Assistant, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
  • Architect Assistant, Foster + Partners
  • Architect Assistant, John McAslan & Partners
  • Architect Assistant, Wilkinson Eyre
  • Architect Assistant, Grimshaw Architects

*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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view

The Bartlett definitely benefits from being in London, as students are able to work with some of the biggest practices in the industry to gain real work experience. Our projects are unique and personal, so we can really engage with the brief in our own way. We also have field trips every year, and last year I went to Bangkok to explore the city's urban fabric. Ngai Wang - Architecture BSc (Third Year)

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.

Grocer's Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship. One scholarship of £2,250 for the programme's duration is awarded every two years. All students admitted to the programme will be considered.

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 individuals with a strong interest in design and an open mind for new ideas. A love for the creative arts, experimentation and a desire to challenge preconceptions about architecture is essential.

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


All applicants likely to meet our entry requirements (including those resident outside the UK) are invited to submit an assessment task, with around 400 applicants then shortlisted for interview. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview. A portfolio of creative work is essential for the interview stage.

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

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