The Architectural Computation MRes offers a self-directed route which concentrates on research skills, for those intending to take a doctoral degree or those looking to take their existing architecture and computing experience to a higher level. The programme can be taken alone or as the first year of Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (VEIV) EngD.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Part-time and Flexible students normally attend half this amount.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Fee deposit: All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates are expected to have some basic computing experience.
Applicants with a lower standard of degree may be considered if the degree is in a subject appropriate to the programme and the applicant has considerable experience as a professional at a senior level. Please note that a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Built Environment Faculty Office. Please see contact details below.
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.
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About this degree
On completion of the programme, students will be able to use computational techniques in architecture, understand and predict the consequences of their design actions through computational processes, integrate their predictions into the design process, and carry out self-sufficient research into new methods and processes.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Architectural Computation.
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.
Students undertake two compulsory modules - an extended dissertation (90 credits) and a research project (30 credits).
- Adaptive Architecture and Computation MRes Extended Dissertation (90 credits)
- Computational Research Project (30 credits)
Students choose 60 credits of optional modules.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars as well as individual and collaborative projects. Time is dedicated to studio sessions with experienced tutors who have a track record of research into architecture and computation. Assessment is through unseen examination, a 3,000-word term paper and project reports.
Depending on the destination, students pay a maximum of £500 towards an optional field trip, £250 of which is requested during induction week to secure a place on the field trip. The department offers an additional subsidy of £250 to all students.
The BMade Workshop spaces are available for all students to use at 22 Gordon Street and Here East. In order to access the workshop space you are asked for a fully refundable deposit of £10 in cash for the compulsory use of an overall and bench space. There are also deposits and material costs depending on the type of equipment you wish to use.
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.
Any additional funding available from the and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.
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.
After completing the programme, many graduates go on to join leading architectural and engineering practices, either directly with design teams or with specialist modelling groups.
Our MRes concentrates on your research skills, offering a self-directed route if you are intending to undertake a doctoral degree or are looking to take your existing architecture and computing experience to a higher level. Alumni have joined (or founded) cutting-edge emerging digital design practices such as United Visual Artists and Moving Brands, or they have moved into academic research.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future. Located in London, we are at the heart of the world's largest cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and with all the resources of a world city to hand.
Architectural Computation offers a unique perspective on the application of technology to the built environment. The programme team, drawn from the Space Syntax Laboratory - the originator of the discipline - comprises both architects and experts in artificial intelligence.
Department: Bartlett School of Architecture
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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.
Who can apply?
The programme is primarily intended for graduates and professionals with either intermediate or advanced programming skills who would like to specialise in research into parametric design, emergent architecture or interactive systems.
- 31 May 2021
Please include an outline of your planned research with your application. This may be included within your personal statement, or as a separate document.
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 Architectural Computation at graduate level
- why you want to study Architectural Computation at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.
We recommend that you apply for a maximum of two programmes. Multiple applications are less likely to result in an offer of admission.
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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