The Bartlett


Professional, CPD and short courses

The Bartlett offers a wide range of non-degree courses, opening up our interdisciplinary expertise to a wider community of learners. These include executive education and CPD, professional architectural qualifications, preparatory courses for future degree students, and more.

As well as degree courses, we at The Bartlett offer a selection of short and professional courses. These are aimed at a wide range of learners: from high school students preparing for university, to qualifying architects, to senior executives, and more.

These are delivered across a range of different formats, to suit participants’ differing commitments and preferences. Alongside pre-designed short courses, we also offer bespoke education for organisations looking for new approaches to their biggest challenges.

Below, you can find our short, professional, and executive course offerings, broken down by schools and institutes. These course offerings are frequently updated. Visit relevant school and institute websites to find out more.

Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU)

The DPU summerLabs aim to reconsider the role design plays in promoting spatial justice in urban spaces around the world. These workshops series are aimed at students and professionals interested in urban environments from a development perspective. summerLabs take place in relevant global locations, or online, depending on circumstances.

Training and Advisory Services
DPU’s institutional identity is built on the interface between theory and practice. Working with organisations with which it shares common goals allows DPU to work in this space. Services include applied research, methodology development, policy development and analysis, and capacity building.

Bartlett School of Architecture

Professional architecture courses

Architecture Part 3 (ARB/RIBA)
Recognised as the final qualifying examination required for UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) registration and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered status. This professional architecture course can be completed over 11, 17, or 23 months, depending on candidates’ commitments.

Professional Studies in Architecture - Lecture Series
A series of architecture lectures and workshops from leading practitioners, firms and multidisciplinary academics. A wide range of topics are covered, relevant to the practice of architecture. These range from managing people and finances, to climate change and ethics, to legislation and planning.

Year Out (Stage 1)
A 12-month monitoring course completed between ARB/RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 architecture degrees, completed while working in practice. Candidates are offered advice, support and networking opportunities, maintaining a link to The Bartlett while gaining early-career experience. The Stage 1 certificate forms part of the seven years’ education/experience required for ARB registration and RIBA Chartered status.

Professional Experience and Development Record Monitoring (PEDR) (Stage 2)
This course is designed for architecture graduates who have completed ARB/RIBA Part 2. It complements the 12 months’ work experience required before candidates can sit their ARB/RIBA Part 3 examinations. Enrolees are offered supervision and monitoring. Part of the seven years required for ARB registration and RIBA Chartered status.

ARB Exam Guidance
Guidance for architects preparing for Prescribed ARB examinations. Aimed at candidates who want to practice in the UK, who have not completed ARB Part 1 or Part 2.

Architecture Summer Schools

The Bartlett Summer School – online, 16-18 year olds
The Bartlett Summer School – on-campus, 16-18 year olds

The design-based programme is aimed at future architecture students who have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. It is designed to give participants a first taste of studying architecture at UCL. Those on the course will develop their drawing and making skills, and work in groups to gain insight into the collaborative nature of architectural practice.

Online and on-campus versions of The Bartlett Summer School are available. 5 or 15 day options are available in both formats.

The Bartlett Summer School 2023 – on campus, 14-16 year olds
This 1-2 day course aims to help students aged 14-16 interesed in architecture make informed study decisions. It is designed to serve as an introduction to specific architecture-related skills, as well as all-important collaborative skills. This course takes place in-person, at The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School
An immersive, five-day programme, designed to widen access to architecture among underrepresented groups. Work produced during this course can be used as part of portfolio packages when applying to university. Throughout the week students will get a taste of architecture education, learning to interrogate their own daily routines and habits through this lens.

This Summer School is run in collaboration with the Sutton Trust, and is free to eligible participants.

Bartlett School of Planning (BSP)

CPD Civic Design
This course responds to a need for genuine civic engagement in urban design and planning practice. It is aimed at planners, urban designers and architects, and delivered in collaboration with community groups across London. This blended course is delivered through 10 weeks of online lectures, followed by a week of intensive face-to-face workshops.

Sustainable Transport in the UK
Delve into the history of transport in the UK in this three-week online course, and consider how we can move to a more sustainable future.

Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction (BSSC)

Crafting Project Narratives
This course helps learners understand how to use narratives to deliver projects. Participants explore what narratives are, why they are important, and how to maintain them through the project lifestyle. This four-day course is delivered online, in nightly two-hour sessions, with additional reading and study resources in between.

Becoming a Project Leader
This five-day course is aimed at those aspiring to become project leaders who are yet to gain significant experience. Learners explore the project leadership model, developed alongside senior executives, and discuss real-life case studies to develop their skills. Using this model, participants can measure their own performance, seeking areas for improvement.

Digital transformation in the built environment
This short course is targetted at executives, senior managers and policy makers involved in the construction industry. It will address the challenges and opportunities created by digital transformation in construction. A total of 20 hours learning is split over four weeks between interactive synchronous sessions, self-paced asynchronous learning and webinars.

Bespoke courses
BSSC’s Advisory Services can offer bespoke executive education and short courses. Offerings can be tailored to the needs of clients, and can be offered independently or in partnership with other organisations. Please contact BSSC Advisory Services to find out more.

The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER)

We are currently in the process of developing a portfolio of short courses across The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER). 

BSEER consists of:

  • UCL Energy Institute
  • UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE)
  • UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH)
  • UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR)

Topics are likely to include Green Finance and Measurement of Sustainability and Moisture in Buildings CPD. We welcome suggestions from industry on topics we should cover. We also offer bespoke courses, please get in touch to find out more.

 UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

IIPP Executive Education 

IIPP’s executive education modules are designed specifically for government representatives and senior leaders in public sector organisations. These modules aim to equip participants with skills and insights to build innovative, inclusive and sustainable organisations. They are based on IIPP’s four research pillars: rethinking value, shaping innovation, transforming institutions and directing finance. Modules are split over five-working days, with 25 contact hours, supplemented by 10 hours of independent learning.

Courses include:

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