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Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


This two-year full-time Masters course has an international reputation, encouraging a rigorous professional approach to architecture within a highly creative context. Operating through a design unit system, the course stresses innovation and a broad intellectual framework.

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

RIBA/ARB Part 1 is not a prerequisite of the MArch Architecture programme, and we make some offers to candidates – usually from overseas – without RIBA/ARB Part 1 exemption from a previous degree.

About the course

On this course you will:

  • follow one of the leading Part 2 courses in the UK
  • be encouraged to take a rigorous, professional approach to architecture, working in a highly speculative and creative context
  • study within a design unit system that puts an emphasis on innovation
  • gain a range of design, technological and related skills, and the chance to develop your own approach to the study of architecture

Key staff

Programme Director: Julia Backhaus


Graduates from The Bartlett’s MArch Architecture programme in demand at top architecture practices across the world.

See examples of their professional work in The Bartlett Book on issuu.


The MArch Architecture programme offers students a number of research-focused design units.

See past units' work in The Bartlett Book on issuu.

U10 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 10
CJ Lim, Simon Dickens - The Unit’s objective is to speculate, prioritize and redefine the poetics of ‘relocation’ and ‘utopia’. ...
U11-17 MArch Architecture Unit 11
Laura Allen, Mark Smout
U11 is established as a laboratory for research, invention and spatial imagination which we pursue through iterative, inquisitive and imaginative processes ...
MArch U12 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 12
Matthew Butcher, Elizabeth Dow, Jonathan Hill - In Unit 12 we will explore the idea of 'the new' and its effects on the ways we think about and produce architecture. We will seek to understand what newness is and how ...
U14 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 14
Evan Greenberg, Dirk Krolikowski:
Unit 14 is a test bed for exploration and innovation, examining the role of the architect in an environment of continuous change. We are in search of the new ...
U15 17 MArch Architecture Unit 15
Amanda Levete, Ho-Yin Ng, Maximiliano Arrocet, Alice Dietsch, Raffael Petrovic - Unit 15  is interested in the identity of places and how the transformation of a piece of city can be occasioned by buildings rooted in ...
U16-17 MArch Architecture Unit 16
Johan Berglund, Colin Herperger: U16 is design laboratory that enjoys the challenge of making difficult things. We seek to generate work and ideas that hold the confidence to find their own language of ...
U17-17 MArch Architecture Unit 17
Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Niall McLaughlin, Michiko Sumi - Unit 17 takes a progressive and experimental approach to architecture that is specific to place and culture. Our work develops through open inquiry ...
U18-17 MArch Architecture Unit 18
Isaie Bloch, Ricardo de Ostos: Unit 18's mission statement is to produce expressive material research out of contentious and disputed natural/urban contexts proposing architectures  ...
U19-17 MArch Architecture Unit 19
Mollie Claypool, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin - Unit 19 believes that we can engage more radically with the building industry as well as with the public, who desperately need better solutions to housing that ...
U20 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 20
Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti, Javier Ruiz -  We are currently witnessing the emergence of a new paradigm in which an intensified use of new technology allows us to increase the precision of design and manufacturing ...
U21 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 21
Abigail Ashton, Andrew Porter, Tom Holberton - Unit 21 draws on the social, human and environmental factors to explore new methods of forming space, controlling light or innovative materials. ...
U22 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 22
Izaskun Chinchilla, Carlos Jimenez - Unit 22 is interested in understanding the role technology has to play in today’s society and how it is shaping the built landscape.  ...
U24 17 MArch Architecture Unit 24
Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite,
Kei Matsuda: Unit 24 is a group of architectural storytellers, employing film, animation, drawing, VR/AR and physical modelling in pursuit of spatial propositions that harness ...
U25 2017 MArch Architecture Unit 25
Nat Chard, Emma-Kate Matthews
: Unit 25 is an experimental unit – both through an interest in experimental practices in architecture and a belief in the benefits of experimentation as a productive ...
U26 17 MArch Architecture Unit 26
Simon Kennedy, Gabby Shawcross:
Unit 26 is the FILM unit, our aim is to explore the potential of moving image to develop new forms of architectural practice. We create filmic architectures and architectural films ...


MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Programme Director

Julia Backhaus
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Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)

Tania Sengupta
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Design Realisation (Technology and Professional Studies)

James O'Leary
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Dirk Krolikowski
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Dr Edward Denison
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Dr Robin Wilson
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Oliver Wilton
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Year 4 & 5 Design Unit Tutors

Unit 10

CJ Lim
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Simon Dickens

Unit 11

Laura Allen
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Mark Smout
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Unit 12

Jonathan Hill
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Elizabeth Dow
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Matthew Butcher
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Unit 16

Johan Berglund
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Josep Mias
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Dirk Krolikowski
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Unit 17

Niall McLaughlin
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Yeoryia G Manolopoulou
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Michiko Sumi
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Unit 18

Ricardo de Ostos
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Unit 19

Mollie Claypool
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Manuel Jimenez Garcia
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Gilles Retsin
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Unit 20

Marcos Cruz
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Marjan Colletti
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Unit 21

Abi Ashton
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Tom Holberton
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Andrew Porter
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Unit 22

Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno
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Carlos Jimenez Cenamor
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Unit 23

Nat Chard
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Colin Herperger
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Entry requirements

You’ll need at least a second-class BA or BSc from a UK university, or an overseas equivalent. Once we’ve received your application, you’ll be asked to submit a portfolio of your design work.

For more information on the course, entry requirements, fees, funding opportunities and applying, check UCL’s Graduate Application and Entry page.