Architecture MSci

London, Bloomsbury
Architecture MSci (2023)

Architecture MSci integrates the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of the complex social and technical environments in which buildings are produced. The programme combines undergraduate and postgraduate architecture taught over five years (PART 1 and PART 2 ARB), including the final year in placement in an architectural practice.

UK students International students
Study mode
5 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
26,600 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

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.

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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.
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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

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:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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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.

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

Course overview

Architecture MSci is a design-based programme, structured around four years of core taught modules and a fifth and final year in a placement in architectural practice. 

Students across the first four years look at an annual theme that consists of a broad architectural and social issue, changing each year. The chosen theme will be examined from a local and global perspective, both historically and in terms of current and future challenges. 

The annually-changing theme means that all students will be sequentially exposed to four different themes during their four years of academic study, and will have researched and prepared design proposals for a minimum of three of them.

The final year of this integrated programme is in placement or, if unavailable, students have the option to take the two final-year modules from the school’s Architecture MArch programme.

What this course will give you

The Architecture MSci programme is a design based degree which encourages creative research from early on, whilst the final-year placement gives students the opportunity to test their imaginative ideas in the real world, and potentially accelerate their earning power.

Students work closely with tutors and practitioners to explore and research design and construction issues which shape today’s built environment, learning to incorporate specialist information with sophisticated designs, responding to different historical, cultural and physical settings.

Students have the opportunity to build a professional network and learn about architectural practice first-hand during an architectural placement. The programme allows students the opportunity to accelerate their education, increase earning power and save a proportion of their tuition fees.

The school is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in the discipline. The Bartlett School of Architecture has been ranked the top architecture school for 17 consecutive years by the Architect's Journal AJ100.

Teaching and learning

Students complete 600 credits over a five-year period, 120 credits during each academic year, the final one of which is spent in a placement within an architectural practice.

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (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)

  • Making Architecture (15 credits)
  • Sample Building (45 credits)
  • Structural Concepts and Tools (15 credits)
  • Environmental Concepts and Tools (15 credits)
  • History and Theory (15 credits)
  • Skills Portfolio (15 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Project Portfolio 1 (15 credits)
  • Project Portfolio 2 (45 credits)
  • Project Book (30 credits)
  • Professional Report (15 credits)
  • History and Theory (15 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Research by Design 1 (15 credits)
  • Research by Design 2 (60 credits)
  • Theory Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Personal Skills Portfolio (15 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Project Portfolio 1 (15 credits)
  • Project Portfolio 2 (60 credits)
  • Project Book (30 credits)
  • History and Theory (15 credits)

Compulsory module(s)

  • Research in Practice/Placement in Practice (120 credits)


  • Year 5 Thesis (Architecture MArch) (45 credits)
  • Year 5 Advanced Architectural Design 2 (Architecture MArch) (75 credits)

Your learning

Students have the opportunity to undertake an optional annual field trip, to inform and inspire their work. The trip will cost between £250-£500, depending on the destination and is subsidised by the school. 

In Year 5, students undertake a placement, joining a practice to learn how the skills that they have developed on campus are applied in the field. The school will actively seek placement positions for students through its wide network of architectural companies and practices.

If, for any reason, a placement is not available, students will take the final year modules from the Architecture MArch programme. In this eventuality the student will be liable for full fees  


Design work is assessed through a portfolio examination, presented by your tutors in Years 1-3 and by the student themselves in Year 4. Written coursework will be first and second marked with feedback returned to students.

The academic work undertaken whilst on placement in Year 5 will be a research by design project, assessed as above but with your Year 5 academic mentor presenting your work for examination together with your placement record.


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.

The foundation of your career

The school’s graduates have an excellent record of employment and destinations vary from internationally renowned offices to small-scale specialist practices. The programme encourages close ties with practice from early on in the programme. 

The structure of the Architecture MSci programme encourages students to develop collaborative links with practice, and provides an opportunity to develop real-world experience, building their professional network and knowledge of the industry.


Architecture MSci is designed to support students to becoming highly-skilled architects. 

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The Architecture MSci programme combines undergraduate and postgraduate architecture and is accredited by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) as meeting the requirements for ARB Part 1 and ARB Part 2. Students who successfully complete the programme are exempt from Part 1 and Part 2 of the ARB examinations.

Students choosing to exit the programme at the end of Year 3 can obtain a BSc Architecture and Practice (ARB Part 1) degree. 

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) 9,250 (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23) 26,600 (2022/23)

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.

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 cost for materials and study-related items, including end of year portfolios, is £600 in the first year and £800 in the subsequent three years of study. Additional costs are not anticipated for the final year on placement.   

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).

Funding your studies

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 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.

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Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Undergraduate

Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

Next steps

Your application

For this programme, we are looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals with a strong interest in designing buildings for real-world challenges. Students should be interested not only in developing innovative designs, but in equipping themselves with the knowledge and experience needed to play an active role in architectural practice and research in the context of real world issues. 

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.


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.

If appropriate, interviews can be conducted remotely online.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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