The Bartlett School of Architecture


Engineering and Architectural Design MEng

We're challenging the most able students to develop robust knowledge and experience of architectural, environmental and structural design and engineering in buildings.

A female student hangs an installation made of parts of plastic bottles
About the programme

This four-year programme has been designed in close collaboration with industry leaders to combine the major disciplines of architecture and engineering of the built environment and prepare graduates to be future industry leaders.

Placing creativity and design at the centre of engineering education, this multidisciplinary course gives you the chance to understand and develop advanced design methodologies whilst becoming an expert in how they are augmented and resolved through engineering. 

As a student on this programme, you’ll enjoy unrivalled spaces to work in, including new facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as centrally located departments in Bloomsbury.

Historically, architecture and engineering skills were indivisible – entirely symbiotic. UCL’s new venture at Here East recognises that what are now commonly regarded as separate disciplines can in fact be brought back together, under one roof, within a unified academic course. It is hugely encouraging.

Norman Foster, Founder of Foster + Partners, speaking about our new programme and facilities, which bring together architecture and engineering for the first time in the history of UCL. 

Programme highlights

  • Develop the skills to discover and grow your unique architectural and engineering vision
  • Imagine, evolve, simulate and test your designs, both in the Design Studio and the Lab
  • Learn how to apply advanced virtual tools and physical 3D printing to produce and test prototype designs that transform your ideas into reality
  • Master leading software tools used across the global engineering and architectural industry
  • Develop advanced leadership and communication to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career 
As technical advances impact on the design process, component production, building site construction techniques and post-occupancy evaluation, there is an ever-growing imperative for more holistic design thinking. This course promises to deliver new professionals set to engage with these criteria to define our future built environment.

Ian Taylor, Managing Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 

Key staff

A world-class teaching team is drawn from The Bartlett School of Architecture, the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), and the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), as well as leading practitioners from across the globe. 

Programme Director and Architectural Design Lead: Luke Olsen
Structural Design and Engineering Lead: Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein
Environmental Design and Engineering Lead: Professor Dejan Mumovic

 Entry requirements


The programme is designed to meet Engineering Council MEng and Architecture degree-level requirements. We are also actively seeking accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM, which includes IStructE and ICE), the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Architects Registration Board (RIBA/ARB) Part 1 exemption.


Year 1 

First-year students take all of the following modules:

Year 2

Second-year students take all of the following modules:

      Year 3

      Third-year students take all of the following modules:

      • Mechanics of Buildings
      • Sense, Sensing and Controls
      • Practice and Project Management
      • Making Buildings
      • Design Practice 2: In-depth Building Design
      Year 4

      Core modules:

      • Design Practice 3: Advanced Building Design
      • Dissertation

      Optional modules:
      Students will select two optional modules from a range of available modules, depending on their interests and the skills they wish to develop. Modules developed specifically for this programme are anticipated to include:

      • Advanced Structural Design and Use of Parametric Modelling
      • BIM and GIS for Design and Retrofit
      • Tall Building Design
      • Organisational Learning and Dispute Resolution 
      • Technology and Integration

      Affiliated practices and institutes

      The programme team are very closely linked to practices and institutions, in particular: 

      • AKT II
      • Arup
      • Buro Happold
      • CIBSE – Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
      • EI – Energy Institute
      • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
      • Foster + Partners
      • Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers
      • ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers
      • IStructE – Institution of Structural Engineers
      • Laing O’Rourke
      • Price & Myers
      • RIBA – Royal Institution of British Architects


      Students on this programme acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to meet the educational and professional standards for a senior career in engineering and architecture design.

      The programme equips graduates with the creative engineering and architectural design skills and critical faculties that are key to solving the complex challenges of the built environment.


      Undergraduate Admissions: Chris Cutbush
      Programme Director: Luke Olsen