The Bartlett School of Architecture


MSc Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities

This MSc programme is centred on furthering the understanding of architecture and urban design in the development of building cities and the social groups that inhabit them.

About the course

It offers an increase of specialism to those interested in the research and design of the built environment intending to take either an academic pathway or a specific direction within their current professional practice.

On this course you will:

  • develop an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the built environment and its functions considered as spatial, physical and human systems
  • acquire a high level of skill in research and analysis of the built environment and its role in support of better and more humane design
  • receive training in space syntax methodology
  • communicate this through clarity of argument and written expression
  • acquire and demonstrate operational skills in managing their intellectual advancement
  • set attainable goals and exercise imagination and creativity in the pursuit of an understanding of your field through demonstrating the capacity for hard work, both as an individual and as a member of a research team

    Who should apply

    We’re looking for students with a background in architecture and urban design, as well as graduates of other disciplines such as art history, history, planning, geography, anthropology, mathematics, computer science and engineering who wish to develop specialist knowledge of architecture and the city. 

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    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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