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Architecture and Digital Theory - MRes

Course Description

The Architecture and Digital Theory MRes explores digital theory, history, and cultures, in all their guises: from design and fabrication, to many related fields and disciplines that are being affected and transformed by the new digital paradigm.

Degree information

Students on this programme gain understanding of the ways that information about architecture and digital theory can be analysed, evaluated and categorised. They will also consider the role of the practitioner in respect to research and design in the built environment and be introduced to theories of design as a knowledge- or evidence-based process.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Core modules:
-History and Theory of Digital Design
-Architecture and Digital Theory: Mini Research Project
-Architecture and Digital Theory: Main Research Project

Optional modules - students choose two of the following:
-Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
-Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design
-Architectural Design: Historical, Cultural and Theoretical Skills

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of Informal and formal presentation to critics, lectures and seminars, face-to-face and email tutorials. Assessment is through coursework, written papers and public presentations.


Graduates from the Bartlett 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. Many graduates from the programme have gone on to research, teach and publish at universities and other institutions worldwide.

Postgraduate study at the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is situated within a vibrant graduate and research environment, which includes a large cohort of PhD students and an extensive range of academic staff with diverse interests. Students on the Architecture and Digital Theory MRes are in one of the world's first Master’s in this important and growing field, 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, publishing, design and architecture.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Bartlett School of Architecture is a hotbed of research, design, theorising and discussion on and around architecture and digital theory. Leading academics and practitioners in this field, on matters of design and on history, theory and writing, are actively involved in teaching and research at the school.

The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, 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. Conceived as a research laboratory, the programme offers a hybrid pedagogical format where learning and experiments, inspired by today’s evolving design technologies, are informed by the culture of the design community and relevant recent scholarship in the arts and humanities.

A new MA version of the programme is also being developed. Applicants interested in this mode should contact Teaching and Learning Officer Mrs Thea Heintz -

Visit the Architecture and Digital Theory - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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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


Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in architecture or an associated design discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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