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BSc Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)


The three-year full-time BSc programme in Architecture aims to develop a creative, diverse and rigorous approach to design from the outset. It provides a broad educational setting within which the study of architecture can be developed at an undergraduate level. It aims to equip students with skills to practice architecture but, as importantly, an understanding of the technological, professional, cultural and architectural contexts within which those skills may be deployed in a knowing and imaginative way.

The programme is based in the studio and the workshop, with 70% of the programme taught and assessed through the design portfolio. Most of the design teaching is on a one-to-one tutorial basis with frequent review sessions; nearly all design tutors are practising architects or design specialists who bring innovative design ideas to the School.

The BSc programme recognises that whilst this education has directly vocational aims, it also in-tends to introduce students to the wider societal forces which affect them and architectural production by stressing the indivisibility of the architectural, cultural, professional and technological realms. It does this through a programme of core courses (Technology, Computing, History & Theory and Professional Studies) which support the design work in each year and are assessed through a combination of coursework, essays and examination.

Successful completion of the BSc Architecture leads to exemption from Part 1 of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) examinations.

Please see the Programme Information Sheet for more information on the course content, structure, staff and FAQs.


BSc Architecture

Work by students in The Bartlett School of Architecture is of the highest quality. It is exhibited every year in the world's largest exhibition of design work by architecture students - the annual Summer Show with around 15,000 visitors - as well as being published in Bartlett Designs: Speculating with Architecture (Wiley, 2009).

Follow the links below to explore a massive range of student work produced throughout the BSc Architecture programme.

Bartlett Year 1 Year 1
Directors: Frosso Pimenides, Nat Chard - Year 1 is centred on the design studio and is taught to the year as a whole. Students learn to observe, draw, model ...
UG0 2014-2015 BSc UG 0
Murray Fraser, Justin Lau, Sara Shafiei - Urban Rituals - We want our students this year to think about and research into the concept of ‘exchange’. This term obviously carries ...
UG1 2014-2015 BSc UG 1
Sabine Storp, Patrick Weber - Living Patterns - Housing (Pattern*) - London’s population has grown by a million since 2001, the fastest ever rate in the history of London. All these ...
UG2 2014-2015 BSc UG 2
Julian Krüger, Damjan Iliev - SimbioCity - We are interested in cities, their patterns, structures, and the variety of ecosystems and spaces that form and exist within them. This year we ...
UG3 2014 - 2014 BSc UG 3
Jan Kattein, Julia King - 1:1 - This year UG3 will embark on a novel mission. We will be working at 1:1 on a real site and to a real brief. Forget university -  welcome to the real world! ...
UG4 2014-2015 BSc UG 4
Ana Monrabal Cook, Luke Pearson - MONUMETRICS - Unit Four continues its exploration into architectures of public delight, antipathy or bemusement by visiting the city that can truly ...
UG5 2014-2015 BSc UG 5
Julia Backhaus, Pedro Font Alba, Martin Tang - Speculative landscapes - Historically, the term landscape evolved from the Dutch ‘landschap’ and the German ‘landschaft’, its suffix ...
UG6 2014-2015 BSc UG 6
Christine Hawley, Paolo Zaide - HONG KONG RECONSIDERED - Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and may well be a model of future urban living ...
UG7 2014-2015 BSc UG 7
Pascal Bronner, Thomas Hillier - Neighbourhoods of Infinity_Pre & Post Quake San Francisco - At 5:12 am on Wednesday the 18th of April 1906, an earthquake of  ...
UG8 2014-2015 BSc UG 8
Rhys Cannon, Colin Herperger - Shifting Scales - The principal of scale and the units that define it are critical within the world we live and the one we explore.  Composition; proportion and scale ...
UG9 2014-2015 BSc UG 9
Jessica In, Chee Kit Lai - Skilled Contrivance
in the Age of Technological Abundance
- For Flusser, photography was not a faithful representation of reality  ...
UG10 BSc UG 10
Guan Lee, Peter Webb - The Nature of Digital Structure - With the introduction of digital fabrication into construction, processes of design, engineering and materials science ...


The Bartlett School of Architecture is a great place to start your architectural education. We offer a challenging environment with an open-minded approach towards architecture. Each year we attract a large number of highly qualified applicants from all over the world.

Entry requirements

Please see the UCL Prospectus for more information regarding entry requirements for applicants resident in the United Kingdom, Europe, and international applicants. Please also see the UCL Prospectus for information regarding Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates as well as English Language requirements.

Your application

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in design and an open mind for new ideas. A love for the creative arts and a desire to challenge preconceptions about architecture is essential.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside of the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016
UCAS codes: K100

Apply through UCAS

You can see more information about the application process and what we expect in the portfolio in our downloadable Application Guide (pdf) or in the FAQs on page 8 of our Programme Information Sheet (pdf).


All applicants likely to meet out entry requirements (including those resident outside the UK) are invited to submit an assessment task based on a brief that changes each year. On the basis of this around 400 applicants are shortlisted for interview. Overseas applicants may be assessed without an interview.

A portfolio of creative work is essential for your application at the interview stage.

For more information on the task, interview and portfolio, please see the Application Guide (pdf) or in the FAQs on page 8 of our Programme Information Sheet (pdf).

Visiting The Bartlett

We host a BSc Architecture Open Day at The Bartlett School of Architecture in November every year. We also take part in the UCL and ULU Open days in July and September.

All applicants are encouraged to visit The Bartlett Summer Show, held every year in late June/early July.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources available for personal visits or tours for those interested in applying to The Bartlett.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

You can see more information about fees, funding and scholarships on the UCL Prospectus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your question not answered here? Download our Programme Information Sheet (pdf) and see the FAQs on page 8.

Programme Information sheet

Please download the Programme Information Sheet (pdf) below and read it before making your application.

BSc Architecture

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