Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Architecture BSc

Architecture BSc offers students a wide and diverse range of experiences so that they can develop an independent, creative, experimental and rigorous approach to design. Students are guided towards discovering their own architectural vision within a vibrant and exciting culture.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.

Contextual offer

32 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAB. No specific subjects are required but a portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • As an architecture student at The Bartlett, your time will be spent in both the studio and the workshop, with approximately 70% of the programme taught and assessed through your design portfolio. Design teaching is delivered by leading practitioners, specialists and academics in small groups or on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions

  • As well as being vocational preparation for practising architecture, this programme introduces students to the wider societal forces which affect them and architectural production, stressing the indivisibility of the architectural, cultural, professional and technological realms. 

  • You'll choose one of our famous Design Units in Years 2 and 3, with whom you'll develop your own unique project, and undertake substantial field work and trips. 


Successful completion of the Architecture BSc leads to exemption from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examinations. 

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year 1 is centred on design studio projects which develop the central skills of observation, design, critical thinking and representation, emphasising the expression of ideas in three dimensions.

This is complemented by lecture-led explorations of the history and theory of architecture, the production of the built environment, and technology, as well as a field trip in the second term.

In Years 2 and 3, you join a design unit. Design units are communities of approximately fifteen students led by two tutors, which have a specific architectural agenda allowing you to develop personal architectural interests and to work with architecture in relation to subjects as diverse as craft, film, history, philosophy and science.

Your studio work in Year 2 and Year 3 is complemented by core lecture, workshop and seminar series in technology, history, theory and professional studies.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Architecture.


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.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Historical and Cultural Developments of Cities and their Architecture (15 credits)
  • Environmental Design (15 credits)
  • Structure, Materials and Forming Techniques (15 credits)
  • Project Work IA (15 credits)
  • Project Work IB (15 credits)
  • Project Work IC (15 credits)
  • Project Work ID (15 credits)
  • Making Cities: The Production of the Built Environment (15 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Architecture Projects (15 credits)
  • Design Technology II (15 credits)
  • Architectural Practice and Enterprise (15 credits)
  • History and Theory of Architecture (15 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Architecture-Design Projects
  • History and Theory of Architecture (15 credits)
  • Design Technology (30 credits)

Your learning

The programme is based in the studio and the majority is taught through individual design projects. Most of the design teaching is on a one-to-one or small group weekly tutorial basis with frequent review sessions with tutors, many of whom are also practicing architects. History and theory, professional studies and technology core modules support the design work and are taught in lectures, seminars and workshops.

There is one optional, annual field trip as part of this programme. The maximum cost to the student is £500, with a £250 subsidy provided by the school.


70% of the programme is taught through a series of design projects and assessed through the design portfolio. The history and theory, computing, professional studies and technology modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examination.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Architecture BSc.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Upon completion of the programme, students typically continue to proceed with their training to become Registered Architects by taking a year out in an architect's office in the UK or overseas and then applying for a two-year MArch or similar Postgraduate Degree in Architecture.

Our graduates have a good record of employment and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. Increasingly, however, some architecture graduates are also using their highly transferable skills in other design-related disciplines, such as film-making, website design and furniture design.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view
Studying Architecture is greatly based on becoming resourceful while cultivating a capacity to tackle a variety of problems. As a result, the programme has focused on exposing us to different sources of inspiration, innovative ways of making and thinking, in the pursuit of defining and redefining how we approach ideas and how we represent them. Krina Christopoulou - Architecture BSc Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£26,600 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

The average cost for materials and study-related items, including end of year portfolios, is £750 in the first year and £1500 in the subsequent years of study.  

All students work differently so costs incurred depend on the approach they take to the brief given. The school encourages students to use recycled materials in their models and presentations – not only is it sustainable, but also cost effective and potentially innovative. The school also offers subsidies for exhibition costs. 

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Funding may be available from The Bartlett School of Architecture or The Bartlett Faculty Office.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Undergraduate

Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr
Based on financial need

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in design and an open mind for new ideas. A love for the creative arts, experimentation and a desire to challenge preconceptions about architecture are essential.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


Once we have received your application and established that you are likely to meet our entry requirements, we will then ask you to submit an assessment task, responding to a brief. The brief for this task changes every year, but we’re always looking for creative and spontaneous responses. 

Submissions will then be assessed and successful applicants are invited for an interview to present a portfolio of work. 

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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