The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architectural History MA

The first MA of its kind, Architectural History at The Bartlett enjoys a leading reputation for the intensive historical, theoretical and critical study of architecture.

Architectural History Postgraduate Degree The Bartlett School of Architecture

Established in 1981, Architectural History MA at The Bartlett is the UK’s longest established degree in the historical, theoretical and critical interpretation of architecture, cities, urban spaces, creative practices and their representations.

Over the past 30 years, the programme has been developed to prioritise the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities.

Rather than dealing with architecture exclusively through the work of famous individuals, landmark buildings, stylistic classification or normative categories, the programme locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political, material, technological, theoretical and urban processes. 

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  • Examine architecture and cities from early-modern to contemporary contexts
  • Develop a deep architectural knowledge, and learn to critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces and cities, as well as other representations and creative practices
  • Work with some of the world’s most respected historians and theorists of architecture, who are producing both substantial scholarly work and highly innovative research
  • Refine your historical and critical research skills to pursue a successful academic or professional career
  • Be part of a world-leading centre for architectural teaching, The Bartlett School of Architecture, and research in one of the most dynamic cities in the world
This degree teaches you a way of thinking about architecture and the built landscape. It teaches you to question… not just to confront questions and buildings, but to look at them from other angles.

Tom Dyckhoff, writer, broadcaster and historian
Architectural History MA alumnus

Key information


Full-time: one academic year
Part-time: two years
Flexible: two to five years

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

Application deadline

Applications open for this programme on 15 October 2018 and close on 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.

We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.
  • For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.


Programme Director: Professor Peg Rawes
Departmental Tutor: Bill Hodgson


The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities.


Programme Director: Peg Rawes 
Admissions enquiries: Thea Heintz

Alumni Testimonials

Studying Architectural History at The Bartlett didn’t teach me what such-and-such architect was building in 1867 and 1868, or whether rococo followed mannerism or vice-versa. You learn that along the way, and, in any case, that’s what books and archives are for. No, instead, what is so inspirational and what was so pioneering about the programme is that it teaches you a way of thinking about architecture and the built landscape.

Tom Dyckhoff, writer, historian and broadcaster
Architectural History MA alumnus

The programme opened my scope of knowledge to a whole world of politics and social relations I had never dared to believe concerned architecture. For those interested in developing critical, political consciousness alongside a rich understanding of contemporary and 19th century architecture, the programme offers the intellectual provisions and a brilliant, curious community to explore with.

Corinna Anderson, writer and editor
Architectural History MA alumnus

The Bartlett provides unparalleled resources – exceptional tutors, an influential work environment within the architecture school and many lecture series to engage with outside of study. It was an extremely rewarding year that accelerated me into the architectural sphere and has undoubtedly shaped my understanding of the built environment and directed my subsequent career path.

Harriet Jennings, Assistant curator, the Building Centre London
Architectural History MA alumnus

This degree transforms the way you think about architecture. I am thankful for the critical tools I learned on the programme, which have proved invaluable to expanding my research abilities and also in a professional working environment.

Isabelle Morgan, Assistant to the Director and CEO, Biennale of Sydney
Architectural History MA alumnus


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