Undergraduate prospectus 2020


Architecture BSc

The 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 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.

IB Diploma

A score 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 score of 15 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.

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 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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: www.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

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in the discipline, including design, history and theory, professional practice and innovative technology. The school has been voted the UK's best by The Architect's Journal every year since 2001. 

  • The school hosts excellent resources, including an extensive workshop (known as the Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange, or B-made) that is widely regarded as the best of its kind in UK architectural education.

  • All students participate in the annual Bartlett Summer Show, a major exhibition at the end of the academic year which attracts over 5,000 visitors and is a key highlight in the architectural calendar forming part of The London Festival of Architecture. 


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 one 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. Complementing this are lecture courses on history and theory, the production of the built environment, and technology, as well as a field trip to a major European city in the second term.

In years two and three, you join one of up to thirteen design units. Each unit offers a specific architectural agenda, allowing you to develop personal architectural interests and to work with architecture in relation to subjects as diverse as craft, making, film, history, technology, philosophy and science.

Your work in the second and third year studio is complemented by core lecture, workshop and seminar series in technology, history, theory and professional studies.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Design Projects
Environmental Design
History of Cities and their Architecture
Making Cities
Structure, Materials and Forming Techniques

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Design Projects
Design Technology II
History and Theory of Architecture
Architectural Practice and Enterprise

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Design Projects
Design Technology III
History and Theory of Architecture

Optional modules

All final year modules are compulsory.

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 weekly tutorial basis with frequent review sessions—nearly all design tutors are practising architects. History and theory, professional studies and technology core modules support the design work and are taught in lectures, seminars and workshops.


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 course descriptions are available on the department website: Architecture BSc.


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 commited 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 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£25,770 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

The average additional cost for materials and study-related items is £2000 per year.

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. 


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.

Grocer's Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship. One scholarship of £2,250 for the programme's duration is awarded every two years. All students admitted to the programme will be considered.

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 Travel Scholarships

Deadline is usually in early May
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

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 is 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: 15 January 2019


All applicants likely to meet our entry requirements (including those resident outside the UK) are invited to submit an assessment task, with around 400 applicants then shortlisted for interview. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview. A portfolio of creative work is essential for the interview stage.

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