In architecture, research and practice go hand in hand, with ground-breaking design inspiring great research and vice versa. This programme allows students to develop their own research and/or design to an advanced level, ready to push new boundaries and change normalised modes of working either in academia or industry. Many students on this programme work with their tutors to clarify a PhD proposal.
Modes and duration
Students must attend lectures and seminars in Term One. Students may submit their Research - and thus complete the programme - after 3, 12 or 24 months.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
Fee deposit: All students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme.
The normal minimum qualifications are a Master’s degree in architecture from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an equivalent professional architecture or design qualification.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The Architectural Research PG Cert is designed to help students take their individual work to a higher level of design and/or theoretical development. This could materialise in the form of new physical or drawn work that strengthens the individual portfolio, or in the form of a personal exhibition, or as a written piece that extends an earlier piece of writing to become a conference paper or journal article.
Students undertake one module to the value of 60 credits.
The programme consists of one core module.
Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Architectural Research.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Advanced Architectural Research Submission (60 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme
Teaching and learning
Students are allocated to an individual Personal Tutor who works with them to define an appropriate mode of research and submission. Students are encouraged to attend open lectures and crits.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Education Manager, Ms Emer Girling, by e-mailing email@example.com or telephoning +44 20 3108 9648.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline: 31 May 2021
- Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
- Based on financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates from this programme are currently researching and teaching at UCL and elsewhere and are publishing their work on an international stage.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Bartlett UCL is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
Located in London, it is at the heart of the world's largest cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and has all the resources of a world city to hand.
Outputs from the programme include group exhibitions, such as ‘Constructing Realities’, which was held at Arup's Phase 2 Gallery in central London.
Department: Bartlett School of Architecture
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme provides an ideal framework for those students who are thinking of taking a PhD and need help in formulating their research question. Candidates will be allocated an appropriate personal tutor to guide them closely in their work.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Advanced Architectural Research at graduate level
- why you want to study Advanced Architectural Research at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
Tier 4 Student Visa holders are advised to meet the English language proficiency of their offer no later than the end of June, in order to allow sufficient time to obtain a CAS number and visa.
To accept your offer, you must pay the non-refundable fee deposit within 6 weeks and decline any other offers for programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture. If you do not respond within 6 weeks, your offer will be withdrawn.
Please note that the School of Architecture does not allow deferred entry to any of its postgraduate programmes. If you have an offer of admission but cannot take it up, you will not be able to defer it and will have to apply again for entry the following year.
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