The Bartlett School of Architecture


Architecture MSci

A new five-year integrated degree in architecture, seeking RIBA/ARB accreditation for Part 1 & 2, with a final year on placement.

Architecture MSci, The Bartlett School of Architecture

Architecture MSci integrates the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of the complex social and technical environments in which buildings are produced. The programme guides students to become architects who are expert researchers and are both the initiators of building designs and effective members of the building team.

Architecture MSci is design-based, structured around four years of core taught modules and a fifth and final year in a placement in architectural practice. Students across the first four years look at an annual theme that consists of a broad architectural and social issue, changing each year. The chosen theme will be examined from a local and global perspective, both historically and in terms of current and future challenges. 

The final year of this integrated programme is in placement or, if unavailable, students have the option to take the two final-year modules from the school’s Architecture MArch programme.


  • Work closely with our world-class academic tutors and practitioners to explore and research design and construction issues which shape today’s built environment
  • Integrate the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of the complex social and technical environments in which buildings are produced
  • Learn about architectural practice first-hand during an architectural placement
We're proud to be taking a fresh approach to training tomorrow's architects and responding to the need for alternative routes to registration. I look forward to meeting the first cohort in 2020!

Sara Shafiei, Programme Director 


Year 1

Making Architecture (15 Credits)
Sample Building (45 Credits)
Structural Concepts and Tools (15 Credits)
Environmental Concepts and Tools (15 Credits)
History and Theory (15 Credits)
Skills Portfolio (15 Credits)

Year 2

Project Portfolio 1(15 Credits)
Project Portfolio 2 (45 Credits)
Project Book (30 Credits)
Professional Report (15 Credits)
History and Theory (15 Credits)

Year 3

Research by Design 1 (15 Credits)
Research by Design 2 (60 Credits)
Theory Dissertation (30 Credits)
Personal Skills Portfolio (15 Credits)

Year 4

Project Portfolio 1(15 Credits)
Project Portfolio 2 (60 Credits)
Project Book (30 Credits)
History and Theory (15 Credits)

Year 5

Research in Practice/Placement in Practice (120 Credits)  
Year 5 Thesis (Architecture MArch)
Year 5 Advanced Architectural Design 2 (Architecture MArch)

Key information


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

Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals with a strong interest in designing innovative buildings for real-world challenges. You should be interested in gaining the knowledge and experience needed to play an active role in architectural practice and research. 

We invite applicants to submit an assessment task responding to a brief, which changes every year, but we’re always looking for creative and spontaneous responses. Submissions will then be assessed and successful applicants invited for an interview to present a portfolio of work. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview, but a portfolio of work is still required.

Application deadline

Applications are now open for 2020/21 and close on 15 January 2020.

We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over-subscribed, and competition is high. 

Fees and funding

  • Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Undergraduate 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. 


The Bartlett School of Architecture is actively seeking accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescription from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) so that the degree will be validated as both meeting the requirements for RIBA/ARB Part 1 and RIBA/ARB Part 2.


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. 

The structure of Architecture MSci encourages close ties with practice from early on in the programme. The integrated placement gives students the potential to accelerate their education, increase their earning power sooner and save a proportion of their tuition fees. 


Acting Programme Director – Sara Shafiei 
Admissions Manager – Chris Cutbush