Undergraduate prospectus 2021


Architecture MSci

Architecture MSci integrates the development of architectural design skills with an understanding of the complex social and technical environments in which buildings are produced, and includes a year’s architectural placement. The programme guides students to become architects who are expert researchers and are both the initiators of building designs and effective members of the building team.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
Full-time: 5 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
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. 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-reqs

Contextual offer

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

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.

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’s Architecture MSci encourages and empowers students to take an integrated approach to becoming an architect from the get-go, compressing the existing route to five, including an architectural placement. 

  • 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. 

  • The integrated placement provides the opportunity to learn about architectural practice first-hand and gives students looking to achieve Part 1 and 2 accreditation the potential to accelerate their education, increase their earning power sooner and save a proportion of their tuition fees.

  • The school is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in the discipline. The Bartlett has been voted the UK's best by The Architect's Journal every year since 2001. 


The Bartlett School of Architecture is actively seeking accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescription from the Architects Registration Board (ARB) so that this degree will be validated as both meeting the requirements for RIBA/ARB Part 1 and RIBA/ARB Part 2.

Degree structure

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.

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.

Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.  


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

Core or 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.

Core or 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)

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Core or 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)

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

Your learning

The majority of the teaching in this programme is design based, with students exploring ideas through design in a studio of approximately 16 students. Studios are led by design architects, supported by dedicated technical and history/theory experts who provide specialist tutorial in 1:1, group and seminar settings.

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available. 
Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 2-3 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further COVID-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.


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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Architecture MSci.


The programme is designed to teach the skills and attributes of an architect in practice and in research. 

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

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£27,540 (2020/21)

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

Architecture students can expect to incur additional costs as part of their course, however, the school aims to minimise these where possible.

We anticipate additional costs in Year 1 of the programme of circa £600 and between £750-£1000 in Years 2-4. No additional costs are anticipated in Year 5 placement.


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 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.

Derwent London Scholarship

£25,000 per year towards fees and living costs
Based on financial need

The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, 3 July 2020
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance per annum

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

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020


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.

Page last modified on 12 March 2020