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MRes Architecture and Digital Theory

This MRes explores digital theory, history and cultures in all their guises, from design and fabrication to many related fields being affected and transformed by the new digital paradigm.

About this course

On this course you will:

  • gain an understanding of what constitutes a critical standpoint
  • analyse, evaluate and catagorise information about the history and theory underpinning the production of digital architecture
  • study the issues underpinning a study of architectural design as a knowledge/evidence-based process
  • consider your role as practitioner with respect to research and design in the built environment
  • study core computer programming techniques such as loops, functions and classes
  • gain skills in creativity, innovation, problem-solving, active learning, design, production and action-planning/decision-making
  • prepare and defend well-structured, illustrated arguments through verbal/written presentation

Core modules

  • History and Theory of Digital Design
  • Architecture and Digital Theory: Mini Research Project
  • Architecture and Digital Theory: Main Research Project

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
  • Architectural Design: Historical, Cultural and Theoretical Skills 

Key staff

Programme directors:


Who should apply?

We’re looking for architecture graduates with an interest in digital design and fabrication, as well as professionals specialising in digital theory, who would like to further their understanding of digital innovation.


More information

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
  • based in a new building at 22 Gordon Street in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of them partners. From 2017/18 we will also have new high-volume facilities for experimentation, making, and performance at Here East in Hackney Wick, East London
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
  • the school where students have won a total of 6 Bronze, 3 Dissertation, and 10 Silver RIBA Presidents medals
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