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MA Architectural History

This MA is the UK’s first and best-known in architectural history, and unique in providing intensive historical, theoretical and critical studies of architecture, cities and urban spaces.

About the course

On this course you will:

  • examine architecture and cities from early-modern to contemporary contexts
  • focus on the social, ideological, creative, material, technological, political and urban contexts of architecture, rather than individuals, landmarks or styles
  • critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces, cities, films, design technologies, drawings, maps, plans and paintings
  • gain understandings in histories and theories of buildings, cities and urbanisation; technology; aesthetics and criticism; wellbeing and ecology; and critical spatial practices.
  • work with a large group of staff with diverse architectural history and theory expertise
  • engage with extensive taught and research graduate cultures in the Faculty and UCL, including the School’s PhD programme, and UCL’s Urban Laboratory
  • benefit from the wide range of research, study and personal opportunities London has to offer
Architecture here is not just about the physical object - although there are infinite and fascinating stories you’ll explore and unearth about the landscapes we live in as they grow, develop and decay; it is a whole body and culture of knowledge.” – Tom Dyckhoff, Writer and Broadcaster

Key staff

Acting Programme Director: Dr Robin Wilson  r.wilson@ucl.ac.uk


Who should apply?

We’re looking for architects who have qualified or who are in the process of qualifying, and graduates from other disciplines – e.g. art, the visual arts, history, journalism, geography or anthropology – who wish to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history or further advance their spatial and design research interests. 


More information

For key facts and figures, including how to apply, visit our programme overview page 

About The Bartlett School of Architecture

We are:

  • one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world, located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014), and ranked the best British school of architecture by AJ100 for 13 consecutive years
  • Our postgraduate students go on to achieve international, UK and RIBA research prizes, and funded PhD awards.
  • Our graduate alumni include: architectural, arts and humanities academics, journalists, policy-makers, architectural/arts and heritage professionals worldwide.
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