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Architectural History - MA/PGDip

Course Description

This MA is unique in architectural history, theory and criticism postgraduate study, providing a coherent and intensive forum in which students develop independent approaches to the subject. Graduates progress to academic, journalistic, curatorial and architectural professions with diverse skills in established and emerging subjects, theories and methodologies.

Degree information

The programme examines architecture and cities from early-modern 16th-century to contemporary 21st-century contexts. Rather than focusing on the work of individuals, stylistic classification or normative categories, the programme locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political and urban processes, exploring the boundaries of what constitute legitimate architectural objects and sites of study.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core modules:
-Critical Methodologies of Architectural History
-Research and Dissemination of Architectural History

Optional modules - students choose four of the following:
-Architecture in 19th- and 20th-Century Britain
-The Representation of Cities
-Theorising Practices: Architecture, Art and Urbanism
-History and Theory of Digital Design
-Materialist Ecological Architectures
-Multiple Modernities Architecture
-Practices of Criticism

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, building and gallery visits, film screenings, group working and one-to-one tutorials, and a field trip (optional). Assessment is through coursework, consisting of short exercises, classroom presentations, and longer essays for individual modules, a 10,000-word report and oral examination, and verbal presentations.


Graduates from the UCL Bartlett are very successful in gaining subsequent employment in the UK and internationally. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. Many graduates from the programme have gone on to research, teach and publish at universities and other institutions worldwide, including national media, publishing and heritage organisations, art galleries and museums.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-PhD in Architectural Visual Arts, University of East London
-Master in Design Studies, Harvard University
-Sub-Editor, Architects Journal
-Architect, Design Group

Postgraduate study at the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is situated within a vibrant graduate and research environment, including a large cohort of PhD students and an extensive range of faculty members with interests in architectural history and theory. Students on the Architectural History MA are immersed in one of the world's largest and most innovative centres for architectural history and theory, and are able to engage in innumerable seminars, research representations and other events. Our graduates are highly sought after. Some choose to continue with academic research or teaching, others go on to roles in the visual arts, education, publishing, heritage, design and architecture.

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, it is at the heart of a large cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and has all the resources of a world city at hand.

This MA is the UK's longest established programme in its field, and prioritises the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities.

Visit the Architectural History - MA/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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Ishita Shah

"Being enrolled on the Architectural History MA programme has been one of my best educational experiences. Interdisciplinary approaches and critical writing were the two most significant abilities that I acquired during my coursework, and have reshaped the way I see the built environment today. The time spent at the Bartlett was not just about attaining another degree; rather it manifested as real-life endeavours, including being a research assistant to the Director of UCL Collections at RIBA. The pedagogical structure of the Architectural History MA helped in questioning my views and concerns about the built environment in relation to history and with reference to development in different parts of the world. Thus at every step the seminars, exercises and other academic or non-academic activities, trained me to find my own niche. Now I have been offered the opportunity to help establish India's first architectural archive."


Bartlett Masters Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, offers 20 scholarships for MSc, MRes, MA and MArch students, each worth £5,000, to be used as partial fee remittance for study. Applications have been closed for the 2015/2016 scheme. Please check this page for announcements about the 2016/2017 Masters Scholarship Scheme.All postgraduate students, including continuing students, can be considered for this scholarship, regardless of study mode or fee status. The Bartlett, through this award, hopes to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification at UCL. The application form has an Equal Opportunities Monitoring section which asks for details on your ethnicity. We will give priority to students from the following groups:
- BME applicants
- International students
- Those who commenced their undergraduate studies (in a UK university) pre-2012
- Successful applicants will need to meet two core criteria:
- Applicants must hold an offer of study to commence study in September 2015 (or be continuing, if following a modular/flexible course of study)
- Applicants must be able to pay the remainder of their fees and all living expenses

Value of Scholarship(s)



Eligibility will be means-tested and will take into account total funds available to the applicant.Please note, scholarship applicants do not necessarily require an offer of admission by the deadline date, but will need to have submitted a complete application for study.

Application Procedure

To apply, please complete the Masters Scholarship Scheme application form and send it to [email protected]

Further Information



Brown Family Bursary - Single Award

The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.The bursary is tenable for one year only.The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally, a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level. For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set.

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