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Architectural History


This MA is the UK’s first and best-known in architectural history, and unique in providing a coherent and intensive forum for students to develop their own independent approaches.

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
  • 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 wishing to develop a specialist knowledge of architectural history.

About the course

On this course you will:

  • examine architecture and cities from the early-modern 16th century to the 21st century
  • focus on the social, ideological, creative, political and urban contexts of architecture, rather than individuals, landmarks or styles
  • critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces, cities, films, drawings, maps, plans and paintings
  • benefit from the wide range of research, study and personal opportunities London has to offer

Key staff

Programme director: Dr Peg Rawes

See our programme information sheet for more details


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.

Programme information sheet

The Programme Information Sheet below includes module descriptions, staff research interests, career opportunities, dissertation extracts and alumni testimonials. Please download and read it before making your application.

MAAH Programme Information Sheet

For more information about applying to study at The Bartlett, visit the Applying page.