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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.

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.

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.


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.

Unit 10 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 10
CJ Lim, Bernd Felsinger - The Unit’s objective is to assess the potential urban transformation opportunities from the resilience movement ...
U11 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 11
Laura Allen, Mark Smout
Unit 11 continues to seek new forms of habitation, which draw on the contemporary condition borrowing and adapting technologies, materials, typologies ...
U12 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 12
Jonathan Hill, Elizabeth Dow, Matthew Butcher - In Unit 12, we recognise the history within the discipline of architecture—an internal dialogue of evolving ideas, principles, forms, spaces and tectonics ...
U15 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 15
Kristina Schinegger, Stefan Rutzinger, Aleksandrina Rizova - Unit 15 explores innovative fabrication techniques, dynamic digital prototypes and material intelligence ...
U16 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 16
Josep Mias, Johan Berglund, Dirk Krolikowski: Unit 16 looks for projects that challenge the boundary line between natural and man-made, between organic and synthetic, and between architecture and ...
U17 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 17
Niall McLaughlin, Michiko Sumi, Yeoryia Manolopoulou - This year we will operating as a material science laboratory, using investigations of material to create new spatial typologies ...
U18 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 18
Ricardo de Ostos, Isaie Bloch, Nannette Jackowski: Unit 18 continues its interest in political materiality translating experiences and explorations of social tensions into architectural form and ...
U19 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 19
Mollie Claypool, Manuel Jimenez Garcia, Gilles Retsin - Unit 19 is interested in architectural design and fabrication processes that have agency, that can rapidly deploy, assemble, respond and react ...
U20 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 20
Marcos Cruz, Marjan Colletti - The Unit focuses on the implications of people’s mobility, travel and communication and delineate future trajectories of ...
U21 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 21
Abigail Ashton, Andrew Porter, Tom Holberton - Unit 21 considers how metaphysical data systems can be a creative opportunity for interpretation and inventiveness that might create, and participate in, the cultural ...
U22 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 22
Izaskun Chinchilla, Carlos Jimenez - Unit 22 explores how a fully developed female mindset can create new business, cultural, social and environmental opportunities ...
U23 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 23
Nat Chard, Colin Herperger - U23 has a strong history of exploring ideas and developing creative practice through both the made and the drawn ...
U24 2016 MArch Architecture Unit 24
Penelope Haralambidou, Simon Kennedy, Michael Tite:
Unit 24 employs film, video, animation, drawing and virtual/physical modelling techniques in pursuit of architectural propositions that harness ...


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 UCL's Application and next steps page for information on how to apply.

Programme-specific information follows below.

When to apply

The official deadline for applications is Friday 27th March 2015, 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.