This programme allows students to develop their own research and/or design to an advanced level part-time over a two-year period.
In architecture, research and practice go hand in hand, with ground-breaking design inspiring great research and vice versa. This three-month programme allows students to develop their own research and/or design to an advanced level, ready to push new boundaries and change normalised modes of working either in academia or industry.
Many students on this programme work with their tutors to clarify a PhD proposal. Students are allocated an individual tutor who works with them to define an appropriate mode of research and submission, which may take the form of a physical or drawn piece, a personal exhibition or a written piece that could be extended into a conference paper or journal article.
Students are encouraged to attend open lectures and ‘crits’ (critiques of their work), and enjoy full use of The Bartlett's workshop, computer clusters and library.
“The programme allowed me to delve into some of the questions that inevitably come up in architectural practice but on which too little time is allowed for reflection. It gave me the opportunity to critically assess my own experiences and develop my own professional outlook which has helped guide my career ever since.
Chris Hildrey, Director, Hildrey Studio
“The programme was a key first step for me to begin to establish an academic and research career. It gave me the time and space to develop ideas from my Master’s thesis. It also gave me access to world class tuition, workshops and knowledge resources as well the opportunity to exhibit my work and patriciate in international conferences.
Sam McElhinney, Director of Architecture, Canterbury School of Architecture
“This programme was instrumental in helping me make the move from practice to research. It also provided me with the support from both professional and academic networks to review different methods of funding and working in industry.
Dr Hina Lad, Healthcare Architect & Researcher
Modes and duration
This programme is studied over a 24 month period. Students must attend tutorials as agreed with the Programme Director and individual supervisors.
Who should apply?
The standard minimum qualifications are a Master’s degree in architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an equivalent professional architecture or design qualification.
We can only accept students who have met the UCL English language requirements before the programme commences.
Application guidance for 2023 entry
Applications for 2023 entry will open on 17 October 2022 and will close on 31 March 2023.
We strongly recommend that you apply for a maximum of two programmes at The Bartlett School of Architecture. Multiple applications are less likely to result in an offer of admission.
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high.
It is not possible to defer an offer at The Bartlett School of Architecture. If you wish to be considered for the following year then you must reapply in the next admissions cycle.
Tier 4 Student visa holders
Tier 4 Student visa holders are advised to meet the English language proficiency of their offer with sufficient time to obtain a CAS number and visa.
Accepting your offer
To accept your offer, you must pay the non-refundable fee deposit and decline any other offers for programmes at The Bartlett School of Architecture. If you do not respond within the given time indicated on your UCL offer letter, then your offer will be withdrawn.
For key information, including how to apply, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus.