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Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies


BSc AIS is a unique course in the UK that allows you to follow modules within The Bartlett alongside modules from other departments in UCL. You tailor your own course of study to suit your interests and postgraduate or career plans.

Download the programme information sheet.

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 highly motivated, independent students interested in architecture, design and urban studies, and who wish to take advantage of electives on offer elsewhere in UCL.

About the course

On the course you will:

  • gain an introduction to key architectural ideas and spatial strategies
  • tailor your own interdisciplinary course of study
  • choose from elective modules from across UCL, such as Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Management, Mathematics, Languages and Philosophy
  • have the option of following either a three-year degree or a four-year degree with a year abroad
  • an emphasis on design and creative practice
  • xperience a stimulating, creative, friendly learning environment

There are two streams to BSc AIS:

  • BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies – A full-time three-year course
  • BSc Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies With Year Abroad – A full-time course with one year taken abroad

Key staff

Programme Leader:

Elizabeth Dow (responsible for overall coordination of Project X Years 1-3)


Programme Leader:

Elizabeth Dow (responsible for overall coordination of Project X Years 1-3)

Module Coordinators:

Kevin Green, Chee Kit Lai, Dr. Brent Pilkey, Freddy Tuppen

In addition, external lecturers and critics regularly contribute talks and workshops to the programme. Recent contributors have included:

  • Matthew Butcher (architectural tutor and practitioner)
  • Christophe Gerard (film-maker and architect)
  • Brandon LaBelle (sound artist)
  • Yesomi Umolu (curator, writer and researcher)
  • Prof. Jane Rendell (architectural critic and historian)
  • Prof. Iain Borden (architectural and urban historian)


Entry requirements

The UCL Prospectus has information about entry requirements for BSc AIS students from the UK, Europe the rest of the world, and details about Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates and English language requirements.

Fees, funding and scholarships

Details can be found in the UCL Prospectus.

How to apply

You should make your application through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admission Service.

The UCAS code for the BSc AIS is K102. The code for BSc AIS With Year Abroad is K101.


If you meet our entry requirements, we’ll ask you to submit a digital portfolio of creative work for review.

Visiting The Bartlett

Visit us when we take part in the UCL and ULU Open Days in July and September. The Bartlett Summer Show is held in late June/early July.

More information

Check the FAQs in the programme information sheet for more information about the course, how to apply, entry requirements and visiting.

Course information sheet

The course information sheet below includes details of the structure of the course, FAQs and application information.

AIS 2015-16

All applications for BSc AIS should be made via UCAS.
Please download and read the information sheet before making your application.
For more information about applying to study at The Bartlett, visit the Applying page.