Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

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

Degree Programme
Architecture BSc
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
102 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
14 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

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 Diploma core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA. 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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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).

Your first year will be centred on design studio projects which develop the central skills of observation, design and representation, emphasising the expression of ideas. Complementing this are lecture courses on history and theory, production of the built environment, and technology, and 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 different architectural approach, allowing you to develop personal architectural interests and to work with architecture in relation to subjects as diverse as film, fashion, history, philosophy and science.

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

Year One

Compulsory courses

Environmental Design
Historical and Cultural Developments of Cities and their Architecture
The Production of the Built Environment
Structure, Materials and Forming Techniques
Four Design Project courses

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Computing for the Built Environment
Design Technology II
History and Theory of Architecture
Three Design Project courses

Optional courses

All second year courses are compulsory.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Design Technology III
History and Theory of Architecture
Preparing for Practice
Three Design Project courses

Optional courses

All final year courses are compulsory.

Your learning

The programme is based in the studio and the workshop, and the majority is taught through individual design projects. Most of the design teaching is on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions; nearly all design tutors are practising architects or design specialists. History and theory, professional studies and technology core courses support the design work in each year.


70% of the programme is taught through a series of design projects and assessed through the design portfolio. The history and theory, professional studies and technology core courses 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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Architect Assistant, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners (2013)
  • Architect Assistant, Foster & Partners (2013)
  • Architect Assistant, Make Architects (2013)
  • Architect Assistant, John McAslan & Partners (2012)
  • Architect Assistant, Hawkins\Brown (2013)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Student view

The UCL Bartlett School of Architecture appealed to me instantly with its intense diversity and energy. The summer show condensed a year's worth of work into a spectacular moment. Robert Newcombe - Architecture BSc (Third year)

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£21,320 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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.


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 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 2016


All applicants likely to meet our entry requirements (including those resident outside the UK) are invited to submit an assessment task based on a brief that changes each year. On the basis of this around 400 applicants are shortlisted for interview days. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview.

A portfolio of creative work is essential for your application at the interview stage.

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