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This programme explores digital theory, history, and cultures, in all their guises: from design and fabrication, to many related fields and disciplines that are being affected and transformed by the new digital paradigm.

About this degree

Students on this programme gain an advanced understanding of the history, theory and criticism of computational design and fabrication. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Architecture and Digital Theory.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Conceived as a research laboratory, this programme offers a hybrid pedagogical format where learning and experiments, inspired by today’s evolving design technologies, are conversant with the culture of the design community, and informed by relevant recent scholarship in the arts and humanities. 

Students’ projects will be mentored by the programme’s leading instructors and by invited lecturers. Students will be encouraged to pursue a curatorial or research topic leading to an actual exhibition and/or publication.

The Bartlett School of Architecture enjoys an exceptional international reputation and is currently ranked first in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. Students on this programme will be joining a community of academics and practitioners dedicated to better understanding and designing the built environment for the future, based in the cultural and creative epicentre of Bloomsbury, London. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of informal and formal presentation to critics, lectures and seminars, and personal tutorials. Assessment is through coursework, written papers and public presentations.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what particularly attracts you to this particular programme
  • why you want to study this subject in the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, rather than elsewhere
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • if you are aware and comfortable with the fact that the programme includes courses on statistics and quantitative analysis, as well as a general emphasis on the scientific method and empirical research
  • 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.

Interest in and/or experience of research and writing on historical, theoretical, or critical topics. 


The Bartlett School of Architecture is recognised as one of the world's leading schools of architecture and graduates from our Master's programmes are highly sought after. 


You will gain highly specialist knowledge throughout this programme, in a field of burgeoning global importance. 

You will also develop skills in communicating, presenting, advocating, interrelating and responding to people from a wide variety of backgrounds within a professional context. 

Visit the Architecture and Digital Theory MRes page on the University College London website for more details!