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This programme bridges the complex network that is the construction industry, and trains a new breed of experts to exploit opportunities afforded by new and emerging manufacturing technologies. Graduates can expect to lead the paradigm shift that is taking place in building design and procurement.

About this degree

This programme is built around design, fabrication and testing. Students will learn to locate their work in the historical and theoretical context of design for manufacture, will select from a range of analogue and digital skills that they wish to develop and will progress to undertaking advanced design, research and fabrication projects with support from leading academics and professionals. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of theory and preparatory modules (30 credits), a skills module (30 credits), and two design thesis projects and a design thesis dissertation (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Introductory Design Workshops (15 credits)
  • Contextual Theory: Design for Manufacture (15 credits)
  • Skills Portfolio (30 credits)
  • Design Thesis Portfolio, Initial Projects (30 credits)
  • Design Thesis Portfolio, Final Project (60 credits)
  • Design Thesis Written Dissertation (30 credits)

There are no optional modules. for this programme.

Research project/design project

All students undertake a major design project, the 'Design Thesis Portfolio, Final Project' in combination with an individual research project, culminating in the 'Design Thesis Written Dissertation'.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through design and fabrication tutorials, skills workshops, seminars, lectures, site visits, group working and (optional) field trip. Assessment is via design and skills portfolios, written coursework submissions and verbal presentations.


There is a field trip as an optional part of the programme.


No placement is offered as a part of the programme.

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.


Graduates are likely to progress to further study and teaching, or roles in design and the built environment with some of the world's leading architecture, engineering and construction companies.


The combination of networks, knowledge and technical expertise makes graduates of The Bartlett some of the most sought after in the world. Graduates of this programme will leave with the skills and expertise relevant to a rapidly expanding and evolving sector in industry.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme will be primarily located at the new UCL Here East facility in London's Olympic Park, with a design studio focus and outstanding CNC fabrication and robotics facilities. It will also benefit from a base on the UCL main campus in Bloomsbury and benefit from The Bartlett's unparalleled industry network and London location. 

Graduates will be well placed to take leading roles in industry or academia, exploiting emerging technologies and approaches to change the nature of design and construction.

The programme has been developed in liaison with industry partners including Arup, Foster and Partners, Laing O'Rouke and Price and Myers, who all have a longstanding relationship with The Bartlett. 

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture


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:

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students who have a strong portfolio of design and/or fabrication work and wish to develop careers in design for manufacturing in the architecture, engineering and construction fields. It is also suitable for those from other disciplines involving design and making.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

All applicants are asked to present a portfolio of design work, and will be contacted regarding this once the application has been received by the department.The nature of the applicant's portfolio will depend on their first degree or prior experience. No specific skills are required but a design and/or making capability must be demonstrated.

For more information see our Applications page.

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Visit the Design for Manufacture MArch page on the University College London website for more details!