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Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc // MRes

These unique programmes approach architecture and urban design through the prism of people and space.

Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc//MRes
Overview

How can buildings and cities be designed in direct relation to people? Developed and taught by UCL’s internationally renowned Space Syntax Laboratory, these programmes bring together the study of architecture and urbanism within a theoretical and analytical framework known as space syntax.

Our two space syntax Master's programmes centre around the idea that by studying buildings and cities as patterns of space, we can derive new insights into the relations between them and the individuals, communities and organisations that inhabit them. 

Students explore the fields of architecture and urbanism to create a greater knowledge of how complex architectural and urban systems work, and how spaces can be planned, designed and manufactured to create a better society.  


Who are these programmes for?

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 or mathematics who wish to develop specialist knowledge of architecture and cities. 

These programmes offer students with a background in another discipline a route into understanding architecture and urban design and developing careers or research in the area. 


What do students learn?

Students learn the latest architectural theories alongside cutting-edge methods in space syntax architectural and urban analysis. Taught by leading practitioners, students acquire the knowledge and skills to research the social consequences of architecture and urban design decisions in practice, in research and in urban and architectural consultancy.

Students are equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge about spatial, physical and human systems within the built environment, enabling them to conduct their own in-depth research, analysing patterns of space inhabited by individuals, communities and organisations.


Highlights

  • Learn about the pioneering theories, methods and techniques of space syntax, at the institute where the methodology was invented
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to analyse architectural and urban systems, determine their roles in creating a better society, and inform design processes
  • Work closely with peers and tutors to apply theoretical and analytical frameworks to practical case studies
The course built upon my past experience as a designer, increasing the breadth of my analytical thinking in terms of spatial configuration, urban networks and human movement. 

Genevieve Shaun, Space Syntax: Architecture & Cities student, 2017 

I had an exceptional group of professors bringing together scientific and professional specialisms, along with excellent training in urban theories, spatial analysis and their creative integration with design thinking - all of which has changed enormously my career as a practising urban designer and researcher.”

Laura Narvaez Zertuche, Urban Designer, Foster + Partners
Space Syntax: Architecture & Cities graduate


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Careers

The programmes equip graduates with a robust knowledge of the latest research methods, ideas and skills from a variety of disciplines. Students graduate with a scientific approach alongside an understanding of the most urgent social issues in architecture and urbanism today.

Graduates thrive in research-based, evidence-informed environments, planning and decision-making within the field of the built environment. Many graduates from both Master's degrees also continue their studies towards a PhD in the field.


Programme details 


Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc

Modes and duration

  • Full time - one year
  • 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: 27 July 2018 for 2018 entry
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over-subscribed and competition is high. 

Download the programme information sheet (PDF)


Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MRes

Modes and duration

  • Full time - one year
  • Part time - two years
  • Flexible - three to five years

Entry requirements 

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

Application deadline: 27 July 2018 for 2018 entry
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over-subscribed and competition is high. 

Download the programme information sheet (PDF)


Contact

Programme Director: Kayvan Karimi
Admissions enquiries: Bartlett Postgraduate Admissions

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