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MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)


The MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Pt2) is a two year full-time Masters course which, in addition, leads to exemption from ARB/RIBA Part Two.

The course has an international reputation and is generally regarded as one of the leading Part 2 courses in the country.

The course encourages both a rigorous professional approach to architecture within a highly speculative and creative context.

There is an emphasis on work being conducted at a graduate level, with the expectation that students will, through reading and research, define a particular area of study. The course operates through a design unit system that stresses innovation and continually highlights the value of propositions, their social impact and professional requirements. Design is thus always conducted within a broad and rigorous intellectual framework provided by the unit tutors, the culture of the school and the external expectations placed upon it. We expect a high level of skill in design, resourceful research and substantiated argument as well as the thoughtful application of technological and environmental criteria.

Each design unit provides a range of design, technological and related skills, as well as a clear and particular intellectual position within which to conduct those skills. Each of the units thus provides a strong identity within which the student is encouraged to develop her/his own particular approach to the study of architecture.


MArch Architecture Students must complete and pass 300 credits made up of 150 credits for each of the two years. All modules are compulsory. Progression from Year 1 to Year 2 is dependent on passing the three Year 1 modules and graduation is dependent on passing both Year 2 modules.

Year 1

BENV GA01 Advanced Architectural Design
Credits: 90
Assessment: Coursework
Term: 1,2 & 3

BENV GA02 Advanced Architectural Studies (History and Theory)
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework
Term: 1

BENVGA08 Design Realisation (Technology and Professional studies)
Credits: 30
Assessment: Coursework
Term: 2

Year 2

BENV GA04 Advanced Architectural Design
Credits: 105
Assessment: Coursework
Term: 1,2&3

BENV GA05 Thesis
Credits: 45
Assessment: Coursework
Term: 1&2


Year 1

Advanced Architectural Design 1 - GA01 90 credits

Advanced Architectural Design 1 is treated as an introductory year where all students must demonstrate a competent, inventive and authoritative approach towards architectural design and how it may be realised in the context of the architectural profession and allied disciplines. The aim of this course is, therefore, to bring students to a point where they can demonstrate through their portfolios, competence in designing an appropriately complex architectural proposition, presented to a professional standard.

All students must undertake a building design project in the first half of the year in such a way that the outputs and assessment criteria for course BENV GA08 (Design Realisation) can be fully addressed in the Design Realisation report. Building designs presented through the portfolio must illustrate informed strategic choices about key aspects of technical design, including proposed construction and environmental strategies and how they are incorporated into finished design proposals. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical and innovative attitude towards the technical and professional requirements and approach them with intelligent curiosity and ambition, the exact nature of requirements is to be interpreted through the ethos of the individual unit.

Advanced Architectural Studies - GA02 30 credits 

All Year 1 students must complete the taught History and Theory Module and participate in its associated events, including lectures, seminars and tutorials. The module accounts for approximately one fifth of a student’s work in Year 4. It is a distinct part of the Year's programme and MUST be passed independently of all other work. More information about this module can be found here, and about architectural history & theory in general at the School here.

Design Realisation - GA08 30 credits

The course provides the opportunity for all Year 4 students to consider how buildings are designed, constructed and delivered. Students will be asked to reflect upon their relationship too technology, the environment and the profession. This will be explored through an iterative critical examination of the major building design project taught within the context of individual design units in 4th year (See BENV GA01 Advanced Architectural Design 1). The course runs concurrently with The Building Project and is supported by an extensive lecture series, seminars, cross unit crits, with each design unit being supported by a dedicated practice based tutor.

The course aims to introduce students to core knowledge that is required in the realisation of buildings in professional architectural design practice. Students will be asked to consider the influence of and develop an attitude towards the construction, technology and the profession, which are all seen as having an integral role within the creative design process. The course will introduce students to elementary matters involved in running of architectural consultancies and building projects; the progression of works from commission to completion and the broad range of strategies that influence the design and construction of buildings.

Year 2

Advanced Architectural Design 2 - GA04 105 credits

The aim of this module is to bring students to a point where they can demonstrate a fully professional approach to design and the integration of an in-depth technical investigation into a design proposal.

Thesis - GAO5 45 credits

The Thesis is the place where Year 5 students have the opportunity of developing the theory which underpins their work, whether this is derived from science, cultural theory, technology, architectural history, philosophy or the psychology of perception. We expect work to be undertaken in depth, with the help of specialist tutors who are individually allocated to students in consultation with their unit tutors. We expect the work in the Thesis to inform the design portfolio, and work in the design portfolio to inform the Thesis. More information about the architectural history & theory possibilities within this module can be found here, and about architectural history & theory in general at the School here.

Students must attend and participate in the associated programme of events, including lectures, seminars, reviews and tutorials. The Thesis accounts for 30% of a student’s work for the year. It is a distinct part of the MArch Architecture degree, and must be passed independently of all other work. It runs alongside Design from October - May.

Units and showcases

The MArch Architecture programme offers a large number of research-focused design units, all of which allow students to pursue a rigorous professional approach to architecture within a highly speculative and creative context.

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CJ Lim, Bernd Felsinger - Fauna City - Whether pest, pet or livestock, the relationship between humans and fauna has always been fundamental to the urban, cultural and economic consequences of ...
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Laura Allen, Kyle Buchanan, Mark Smout - Ground Cover - Unit 11 Unit 11 pursues a developing interest in the intersection between architecture, landscape, science and technology, the natural and the synthetic ...
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Jonathan Hill, Elizabeth Dow, Matthew Butcher - THE SHOCK OF THE OLD AND THE SHOCK OF THE NEW -  Eighteenth-century architects, painters and patrons spent at least three years in Italy, collecting ideas  ...
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James O'Leary, Paul Bavister - Metamorphosis -
Opportunistic Architectures of Ingenuity
 - The post-industrial stage of capitalism has long term implications for our cities. Previously seen through ...
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Kristina Schinegger, Stefan Rutzinger, Stefan Ritter - Immediate Exposure -Unit 15 will think about a third condition beyond the categories of building and meteorology. We will maximise architecture's ...
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Josep Mias, Johan Berglund - ADAPT - Unit 16 wants to exist in a close symbiosis between academic research and architectural practice. Our way of working is close to how projects exist in a practice ...
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Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Niall McLaughlin, Michiko Sumi - Materials: The Open Work - In The Open Work Umberto Eco discusses the role of openness in modern art by asking what it means for authors to understand their ...
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Nannette Jackowski, Ricardo de Ostos - CARVING A GIANT - Unit 18, or Generational Phantoms, will continue to study architecture as a social space informed by cultural narratives and responding to the ...
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Philippe Morel, Mollie Claypool, Kasper Ax - The Living Spaces of algorithmic - The first thing to do when attempting to grasp the extent of today’s revolution in computing is ...
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Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti, Richard Beckett -  NOVEL GEOMETRIES FOR URBAN DWELLING - Infrastructure, housing and trade – a case in the Persian Gulf. Unit 20 is interested in crossing the boundaries of traditional ...
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Abigail Ashton, Andrew Porter - alternative inputs  -  Physical change in the contemporary city is inevitably slow. Building stock has a slow turnover and such change is  measured in decades or even centuries.  ...
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Izaskun Chinchilla, Carlos Jimenez Cenamor, INNOVATION FOR LIVING - When considering architectural culture, many people feel that ‘the pressure to innovate has become pervasive ...
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Bob Sheil, Emmanuel Vercruysse, and Kate Davies -  Neither here nor there – SUPERNATURAL ARCHITECTURE Unit 23 evolves as a design laboratory exploring new forms of critical practice for a future ...
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Simon Kennedy, Penelope Haralambidou, Michael Tite - Remember the Future - In 1927, two pioneering films that would shape the history of cinema were released. Both represent the same city in contrasting ways.  ...


MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Programme Director

Julia Backhaus
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Chair, MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2)

Professor Christine Hawley
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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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Peg Rawes
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Mark Smout
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Year 4 & 5 Design Unit Tutors

Unit 10

CJ Lim
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Bernd Felsinger
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Unit 11

Laura Allen
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Mark Smout
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Kyle Buchanan
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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 14

James O'Leary
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Paul Bavister
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Unit 16

Johan Berglund
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Josep Mias
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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

Nannette Jackowski

Unit 20

Marcos Cruz
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Marjan Colletti
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Hannes Mayer
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Unit 21

Abi Ashton
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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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Siv Helene Stangeland / Reinhard Kropf

Unit 23

Bob Sheil
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Emmanuel Vercruysse
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Kate Davies
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Application procedures, fees, funding and scholarships

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

Programme-specific information follows below.

When to apply

The official deadline for applications is Friday 2 August 2013, but it is strongly recommended that applicants apply earlier than this date.

Entry requirements

A first degree or equivalent qualification in Architecture from an institution approved by UCL, and a high level of design achievement are required. Bartlett and non-Bartlett graduates apply on equal terms for entry into the MArch Architecture programme and are admitted according to merit and the availability of places: there is no automatic right of entry. North American applicants for the MArch Architecture programme should note that the standard of entry roughly equates to that for courses leading to an MArch after one year. German applicants should note that the Vordiplom is not a sufficient qualification for entry to the MArch Architecture.

Students who are applying from outside the UK are required to submit an A4 portfolio of their work, however all students are advised to submit A4 examples of the design work to help facilitate the selection process.


Graduates of the MArch Architecture programme are sought-after by many of the world's leading architecture practices.

Examples of professional work produced by graduates of the Bartlett School of Architecture can be seen in the Bartlett Works book.