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Today's built environment is being shaped by revolutions in biotechnology. Bio-integrated Design MArch takes these revolutions as the foundation for developing new, radical design solutions to shape our future built environment.

About this degree

This Master's degree combines iterative design experimentation and conceptual work methods with laboratory testing protocols using new modes of production and simulation. Students embrace radically new design agendas that are informed by advances in biotechnology and synthetic biology, material science and computation, applying real biologic growth to the built environment with the aim to create innovative spaces and products that will help shaping life in our future cities. 

This is a two-year, 300 credit Master's degree.

This programme consists of five modules during year one (180 credits) followed by two modules in year two (120 credits), one of which is a Comprehensive Project Thesis. 

Year one compulsory modules

Students choose one of two initial design projects, final design projects, thesis reports and theory modules. They also complete a technical skills module. 

  • Architectural Design Initial Project (45 credits) OR Urban Design Initial Project (45 credit)
  • Historical, Cultural and Theoretical Skills (15 credits) OR Introduction to to Urban Design Theory (15 credits)
  • Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Architectural Design Thesis Report (30 credits) OR Urban Design Thesis Report
  • Architectural Design Final Project (75 credits) OR Urban Design Final Project (75 credits)

Year two core modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

  • Introduction to the Project Thesis (30 credits)
  • Comprehensive Project thesis (90 credits)

Research project/report

All students undertake an independent Comprehensive Project Thesis which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits).

Teaching and learning

This programme is taught through continuous workshops, seminars and crits. The programme promotes learning via research and enquiry, in particular through iterative design and simulations, prototyping, environmental analysis, along with material studies and laboratory work. 

Assessment will be mainly via coursework, but also through on-going evaluation of physical outputs and transferable skills including presentations, criticism, evolving design skills and general teamwork. Your key assessed elements include design portfolios, physical prototyping, laboratory experiments, illustrated essays and reports, and final oral presentation. 

Fieldwork

There is one field trip (optional) annually as part of the programme. 

Additional costs

Maximum cost to the student is £500

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.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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. 

Employability

The programme has been structured to empower students to develop specialist skills and a unique design vision that merges expertise in design, biology and engineering.

You will be prepared for a broad scope of jobs in teams of artists, designers, architects or engineers and especially equipped to join companies and organisations with a focus on experimental and advanced design, computation and bio or environmental integration. 

You will also be prepared to pursue research either in academia, such as PhD programmes or laboratories, or industry in integrated Research and Development groups that develop innovative products or work for the built environment. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

Bio-integrated Design MArch is a highly-interdisciplinary, design-led programme, which empowers you to discover and innovate with new modes of architectural simulation and production over two years. You will work with world-leading designers and practitioners at The Bartlett School of Architecture, along with scientists and researchers from Biochemical Engineering, Ecology and Life Sciences, to create multi-layered designs which are biologically, materially and socially integrated. 

The Bartlett School of Architecture is renowned for preparing students for successful careers and has been ranked as the top architecture school in the UK by the Architects' Journal AJ100 for fifteen consecutive years. The school also enjoys an exceptional international reputation and is currently ranked second in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, above any other institution in Europe. The Department of Biochemical Engineering, is the UK's first and largest department of its kind.

You will learn in a community of diverse, world-leading experts, learning alongside a sister Master's degree with a scientific and analytical focus, Bio-integrated Design MSc. Workshops will be held throughout the year, led by experts from a wide range of fields including art and design, robotics, biotechnology and synthetic biology, material science and bio-chemical engineering. 

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is ideal for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture and design-related degrees such as product design, graphic design and fine art. 

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

This programme welcomes students with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, design, including product design, textile design and graphic design, and art who will be asked to demonstrate high-level design skills and experience.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

  • why you want to study Bio-Integrated Design at graduate level
  • why you want to study Bio-Integrated Design at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Visit the Bio-Integrated Design MArch page on the University College London website for more details!

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