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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.

The maximum cost to the student is £500.


No placement is offered as a part of the programme.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Design for Manufacture MArch


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. 

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Architecture

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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




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