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Architecture MArch (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Architecture MArch at The Bartlett has an international reputation for encouraging an innovative and dedicated professional approach to architecture within a highly creative context.

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One of the leading Part 2 architecture programmes in the UK, this degree allows students to develop a position of deep understanding about what architecture is and what it could be. Students strengthen their core skills in design, technology, history and theory, and professional studies, working closely with world-class tutors, academics and practitioners. 

Unique to The Bartlett School of Architecture, half of the programme is delivered through design modules or groups, known as design units, which run throughout both years. Although distinct from one another, our units deliver a common set of principles with the support of a dedicated practice-based tutor.

Architecture MArch students benefit not only from the unique teaching style and structure at The Bartlett, but also from unrivalled industry networking opportunities, including the largest architecture graduate showcase in the UK, The Bartlett Summer Show.

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Highlights 

  • Work with world-class tutors, both academic experts and practising architects
  • Take speculative risks with your projects and test the boundaries of how architecture is defined
  • Learn, practise and research within a design unit, with the dedicated support and expertise of a practice-based tutor
  • Enjoy the school’s unrivalled reputation and networking opportunities and exhibit in the annual Bartlett Summer Show  
The unit system allows close connections to form whilst still maintaining an open and friendly feeling within the programme.

Sam Coulton, Architecture MArch graduate, 2018

I wanted to study Architecture at The Bartlett, because their programmes seemed to open doors to more than one profession. The school is extremely good at supporting and developing the wildest interests of its students, which makes the environment exciting and stimulating. 
“This programme at The Bartlett encouraged me to be explorative and define my own intellectual position in relation to my work. I intend to take these ideas forward in the future when I begin to practice architecture professionally. 

Sonia Magdziarz, Architecture MArch graduate, 2018 


Modules

Year 4

Advanced Architectural Design 1 (60 credits)

Coordinators:  Marjan Colletti and Kostas Grigoriadis

Working within a Design Unit, students experiment with different approaches to design and representation and develop a conceptual and critical approach towards the aesthetic, functional and programmatic dimensions of their projects. Students build on the momentum they have gained from practice on their year (or two years) out.

They develop and resolve an inventive and authoritative architectural proposition, leading to a sophisticated building design, which responds to site, content and brief and critically examines the project’s historic, urban and social context. 

Whilst developing their proposals, students are encouraged to identify areas of research that they will develop further in their final year 5. 

History and Theory of Architecture (30 credits)

Coordinator: Dr Brent Carnell

Guided by thematic seminar groups and their tutor’s research expertise, students develop critical awareness of the role of history, theory and criticism in architectural discourse. Students use independent learning and research to complete a substantial essay on a topic of their choice.

Design Realisation (30 credits)

Coordinators: Pedro Gil and Stefan Lengen

This module encourages students to consider how buildings are designed, constructed and delivered. Students reflect on the relationship between building design and technology, the environment and the profession through an iterative critical examination of their major building design project developed within their Design Unit. Each unit has a dedicated practiced-based tutor, whose support is fully integrated in the operations of the unit for the majority of the year.


Year 5 

Advanced Architectural Design 2 (75 credits)

Coordinators: Marjan Colletti and Kostas Grigoriadis

Year 5 is understood as the school's pinnacle in research based architectural education. Underpinned by the comprehensiveness of year 4, this module offers students an entire academic year to develop a complex spatial design proposition in synthesis with their Thesis dissertation.

Working within their Design Unit, students develop an advanced architectural proposition that is driven by rigour, freedom and excellence. Students are encouraged to take speculative risks with their projects in order to test the boundaries of how architecture is defined, understood, practiced and researched. Final projects take many forms, including drawings, models, films, prototypes, digital artefacts or systems, performances or interdisciplinary collaborations.

Thesis (45 credits)

Coordinator: Oliver Wilton and Robin Wilson

Students research a specific area of architectural interest that informs their design research, resulting in a thesis. This module supports the development of different research approaches through which students undertake their study, including: humanities-based critical and historical analysis, empirical data collection and analysis, social science methodologies, iterative design research, and technical/scientific applications. 


Key information

Modes/duration

This programme is taught full-time over a period of two academic years. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree in architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Corporate membership of the following UK professional institutions: Architects Registration Board (ARB); the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) would also meet the requirement. 

Once your application has been received, you will be asked to submit a portfolio of your design work. Please do not send or upload your work until it has been requested.

Although it is not a requirement, professional work experience taken after completing your undergraduate degree is also expected. 

Application guidance for 2022 entry

Applicants can only apply for a maximum of two postgraduate degree programmes at The Bartlett School of Architecture. 

Application deadline

Applications for 2022 entry will open on 18 October 2021 and close on 25 February 2022. We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 

Deferral

It is not possible to defer an offer. 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 required to meet the English language proficiency of their offer before Friday 24 June 2022, in order to allow sufficient time to obtain a CAS number and visa.

Accepting your offer

To accept your offer, you must pay the non-refundable fee deposit of £2,000 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.

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.

Key staff

Programme Directors
Departmental tutor
Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory) 
Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Studies)
Thesis tutors

Accreditation

Architecture MArch is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Students who successfully complete it are exempted from Part 2 of the ARB/RIBA examinations. 


Careers

The school’s graduates have an excellent record of employment and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. Other career destinations include film-making, website design and furniture design. 


Contacts 


Design Units

Please find summaries of the briefs our design units will be working to in 2022-23 below, alongside links to unit blogs and social channels. Current Architecture MArch students will receive full briefs at the start of term via Moodle. 

PG11

Future Fictions

Laura Allen and Mark Smout

PG12

Architecture is a Time Traveller

Jonathan Hill and Elizabeth Dow

PG14

Constructed Futures

Dirk Krolikowski and Jakub Klaska

PG15

Expanded Ecologies

Enriqueta llabres-Valls & Egmontas Geras 

PG16

Towards an Architecture of the Poetic 

Matthew Butcher and Nasios Varnavas

PG17

The Dialogical Architect

Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Thomas Parker

PG18

Contextual Futurism

Ricardo de Ostos and Isaie Bloch

PG20

Phygital (physical and digital) Bodies, Cities, and Architectures

Marjan Colletti and Javier Ruiz

PG21

(dis)Continuity

Abigail AshtonTom Holberton and Andrew Porter

PG22

The Urbanism of Friendship 

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno and Daniel Ovalle Costal

    PG24

    It’s About Time

    Penelope Haralambidou and Michael Tite

      PG25

      What is your Measure? 

      Emma-Kate Matthews and Nat Chard