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The Urban Design MArch is a design-oriented and project-based programme, with a strong research component, which aims to enhance the quality of our cities by bringing innovative design into a new relationship with the latest theoretical research on the special structure of urban form.

About this degree

The programme aims to bridge the gap between architecture and urbanism, and has a strong emphasis on physical design and radical experimentation, combined with rigorous analysis and state-of-the-art theories and methodologies. Students explore design decisions at both a strategic level and the more detailed level of urban regeneration.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (105 credits) and an urban design final project (75 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Urban Design Theory (15 credits)
  • Design Thesis Report (30 credits)
  • Technical Skills (15 credits)
  • Urban Design Thesis Initial Projects (45 credits)
  • Urban Design Thesis Final Project (75 credits)

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Research project/design project

The programme culminates with students undertaking a major design project, the 'Urban Design Final Project' in combination with an individual written submission, the 'Design Thesis Report'.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, case-study presentations, site visits and field trips. As a project-orientated programme, all theoretical research work and experimental design exploration culminates in physical design propositions for specific design projects. Assessment is through design portfolio, essays, oral presentations and a written design report.

Fieldwork

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

The maximum cost to the student is £500

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

Careers

UCL Bartlett graduates have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. Graduates of the programme have gone on to work principally in the field of urban design, architecture and urban regeneration.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Urban Designer, Foster + Partners
  • Architectural Assistant, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Assistant Architect, Gustafson Porter
  • Urban Designer, Publica
  • Urban Designer, SOM

Employability

Study at the UCL Bartlett is enriched by the vibrant community of specialist consultants, partners and research associates who provide valuable contact with industry and academia. Many of our staff are themselves in practice. Our students benefit from the most advanced and broad suite of facilities available in any such faculty in the EU. This combination of networks, knowledge and technical expertise makes our graduates some of the most sought after in the world. Some choose to continue with academic research and others go on to roles in architecture, urban design and the built environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary built environment faculty, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Located in London, we are at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms, next to the UK's seat of government and finance and with all the resources of a world city to hand.


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

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