In architecture, research and practice go hand in hand, with ground-breaking design inspiring great research and vice versa. This three-month 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.
January 2019, September 2019, January 2020
Modes and duration
Students taking this programme full-time can begin in either September or January. Part-time study should begin in September, finishing in June the following year.
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. 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. Please note: students starting study in January 2019 will pay fees at the 2018/19 rate.
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
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.
- Advanced Architectural Research Submission
There are no optional modules for this programme
Teaching and learning
Students are allocated to an individual tutor who works with them to define an appropriate mode of research and submission. Students are encouraged to attend open lectures and crits. They also have full use of the Bartlett workshop, computer clusters, DMC London, the Bartlett Media Hub and Library.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 26 April (4pm GMT)
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on financial need
- Now closed for 2019/20
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and 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 UCL Bartlett 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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.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
- 26 July 2019
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.
- Professor Stephen Gage, Programme Director