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Architectural History


This MA is the UK’s first and best-known in architectural history, and unique in providing coherent and intensive historical, theoretical and critical studies of architecture, cities, urban spaces and creative spatial practices.

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Why choose The Bartlett

We are:

  • one of the most influential, exciting and innovative architecture schools in the world
  • located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities
  • the UK’s highest-rated department for architectural research (REF 2008, 2014), and ranked the best British school of architecture by AJ100 for 13 consecutive years
  • Our postgraduate students go on to achieve international, UK and RIBA research prizes, and funded PhD awards. Our graduate alumni include; architectural, arts and humanities academics, journalists, policy-makers, architectural/arts and heritage professionals worldwide.
  • based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners
  • host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought-after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills
  • the school where students have won a total of 6 Bronze, 3 Dissertation, and 10 Silver RIBA Presidents medals

Who should apply

We’re looking for architects who have qualified or who are in the process of qualifying, and graduates from other disciplines – e.g. art, the visual arts, history, journalism, geography or anthropology – who wish to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history or further advance their spatial and design research interests.

About the course

On this course you will:

  • examine architecture and cities from early-modern to contemporary contexts
  • focus on the social, ideological, creative, material, technological, political and urban contexts of architecture, rather than individuals, landmarks or styles
  • critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces, cities, films, design technologies, drawings, maps, plans and paintings
  • gain understandings in histories and theories of buildings, cities and urbanisation; technology; aesthetics and criticism; wellbeing and ecology; and critical spatial practices.
  • work with a large group of staff with diverse architectural history and theory expertise
  • engage with extensive taught and research graduate cultures in the Faculty and UCL, including the School’s PhD programme, and UCL’s Urban Laboratory
  • benefit from the wide range of research, study and personal opportunities London has to offer

Key staff

Acting Programme director: Dr Robin Wilson


Entry requirements

You’ll need a good second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject, and some understanding of the issues facing historical and critical enquiry into architecture.

Please visit the UCL Undergraduate Application and Entry page for information on how to apply.