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Faculty of the Built Environment

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Bartlett School of Architecture

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Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc

UCAS code: K102

This innovative degree programme addresses architectural space from an interdisciplinary perspective and explores alternative approaches to design and creative practice. The flexible nature of the BSc enables students to tailor a programme of study suited to their own interests both within and outside the built environment.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Art required. A portfolio is required at interview stage. Applicants who meet the A level grade requirements of AAB but have not studied A level Art, may offer an art and design foundation year as proof of their ability.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Art, with no score lower than 5. A portfolio is required at interview stage.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. 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 teachers, designers, researchers and students, who have created a new wave of different architectures.
  • This innovative 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.

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

This programme is unique in offering its own design and creative practice courses 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.

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

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

There are no compulsory courses in year one.

Optional courses

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

In addition, students can select courses from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett and from other UCL departments (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Year Two

Compulsory courses

There are no compulsory courses in year two

Optional courses

Architectural History and Theory
Architectural Research II
Project X (Design and Creative Practice course)

Students can select courses from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and from other UCL departments (e.g. Anthropology, Archaeology, History of Art, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Project X (Design and Creative Practice course) and/or dissertation (independent 10,000-word essay)

Optional courses

Students can select courses from a wide range within both the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment and from other UCL departments (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.

Further details on department website: Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies 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 BSc three-year programme are due to graduate after 2016, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available. However, recent graduates (2010-2012) from the Architectural Studies BSc (which this new programme replaces) include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Character Animation at Central St. Martin's College (2011)
  • Management Consultant, Accenture (2011)
  • Graduate Surveyor, CB Richard Ellis (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College London (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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 approaching 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.


Out of the applicants who meet our entry requirements, we produce a shortlist of those we would like to interview. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview.

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

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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