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This MSc programme aims to further the understanding of architecture and urban design in the development of building cities and the social groups that inhabit them. It offers an increased specialism to those interested in the research and design of the built environment intending to take either an academic pathway or a specific direction within their current professional practice.

About this degree

The programme addresses the study of architecture and cities using the theoretical and analytical framework of space syntax as well as wider theoretical and analytical approaches. Students learn to specialise in one of several streams related to contemporary world challenges: architecture and computing, sustainable urbanism, social inclusion and exclusion, informal settlements, spatial cognition, the physical and immaterial dimensions of social networks and design innovation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Core modules

  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Buildings, Organisations and Networks
  • Space Syntax Methodology and Analytical Design
  • Spatial Cultures
  • Architectural Phenomena
  • Spatial Justice

Optional modules

  • Analytical Design Research Project
  • E-Merging Design and Analysis
  • Spatial Dynamics and Computation

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation related to the main themes of the programme, typically involving a directed research project on a building or urban site.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, design studios, hands-on computer workshops, a variety of field trips in and around London and an international trip (optional). Assessment is through essays, written and take-home examinations, oral presentations, project reviews, debates, group and individual projects, classroom exercises and the dissertation.

Fieldwork

The E-merging analysis and design studio (optional module) is usually accompanied by an international trip.

The cost to the student is not exceeding £500 per person, based on standard costs as specified by the school.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc

Funding

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

Graduates of the programme go on to many different careers: some have progressed to PhD degrees and have obtained academic positions in top universities worldwide, others have found teaching positions on architectural programmes; some go into policy-making; and many have ploughed their knowledge back into furthering their architectural/design careers. In the past few years an increasing number of graduates have obtained jobs at Space Syntax Limited.

First destinations of recent graduates include roles with leading design and architecture practices, as well as academic or research positions at prestigious international universities or research centres.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Architect, Psomas Architects
  • Consultant, Space Syntax
  • Junior Account Executive, ING Media
  • PhD in History and Theory of Architecture, UCL

Employability

This programme enhances students' intellectual and design abilities in the field of urban/architectural theory, architectural/urban morphology and the social aspects of the urban environment. Graduates of this programme can be involved in both professional and academic activities. Graduates who choose to go into practice will have a leading edge in evidence-informed and research-based design. Those who choose an academic path will have the advanced knowledge and skills required for high-level academic positions.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides a unique approach to the study of architecture and cities worldwide, equipping students with exceptional theoretical and analytical skills. It is located at The Bartlett, one of the UK's largest multidisciplinary built environment faculties, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The programme is unique in integrating architecture and urbanism, and adopting a user-centred approach. Students receive advanced and exceptional training in theories, data analysis and their creative integration with design thinking.

The degree draws on the rich design industries in London including Space Syntax Ltd and provides networking opportunities to help advance students in their academic and professional capacities both during and after the programme.


Visit the Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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