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Design for Manufacture - MArch

Course Description

This programme bridges the complex network that is the construction industry, and trains a new breed of experts who exploit opportunities afforded by new and emerging manufacturing technologies in this context. It fully exploits The Bartlett’s unparalleled industry network and London location. Graduates will lead the paradigm shift that is taking place in building design and procurement.

Degree information

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 two core theory modules (30 credits), one skills module (30 credits), and two design thesis projects and a design thesis dissertation (120 credits). There are no optional modules. for this programme.

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)

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. Maximum cost to the student is £500.


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 that relate 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.

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.

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

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants are also expected to have a strong portfolio of design and/or fabrication work. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered.

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