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Architectural History MA in University College of London

University College of London
The Bartlett School of Architecture
London, England
United Kingdom
History, Theory & Preservation

The first MA of its kind, Architectural History at The Bartlett enjoys a leading reputation for the intensive historical, theoretical and critical study of architecture.




Established in 1981, Architectural History MA at The Bartlett is the UK’s longest established degree in the historical, theoretical and critical interpretation of architecture, cities, urban spaces, creative practices and their representations.


Over the past 30 years, the programme has been developed to prioritise the exploration of new and existing methodologies and critical theories as they might be applied to the study of architecture and cities.


Rather than dealing with architecture exclusively through the work of famous individuals, landmark buildings, stylistic classification or normative categories, the programme locates architecture within social, ideological, creative, political, material, technological, theoretical and urban processes.




– Examine architecture and cities from early-modern to contemporary contexts


– Develop a deep architectural knowledge, and learn to critically interpret buildings, texts, architects, urban spaces and cities, as well as other representations and creative practices


– Work with some of the world’s most respected historians and theorists of architecture, who are producing both substantial scholarly work and highly innovative research


– Refine your historical and critical research skills to pursue a successful academic or professional career


– Be part of a world-leading centre for architectural teaching, The Bartlett School of Architecture, and research in one of the most dynamic cities in the world




Compulsory modules


Critical Methodologies of Architectural History (30 credits)
Research and Dissemination of Architectural History (30 credits)
Architectural History Dissertation with Oral Examination (60 credits)


Optional modules


Students complete 60 credits from modules either on this programme or other programmes at The Bartlett School of Architecture. Options include:


Architecture in Britain since the 17th Century (30 credits)
Representations of Cities (30 credits)
Critical Spatial Practice: Site Writing (30 credits)
History and Theory of Digital Design (30 credits)
Materialist Ecological Architecture (30 credits)
Multiple Modernities Architecture (30 credits)
Practices of Criticism (30 credits)
Histories of Global London, 1900 to the Present Part 2 (30 credits)


Key information




Full-time: one academic year
Part-time: two years
Flexible: two to five years


Entry requirements


Normally a minimum of a second-class degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.


Read the full entry requirements via the UCL Graduate Prospectus


Application deadline


Applications open for this programme on 01 November 2019 and close on 24 July 2020.


We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high.


Fees and funding


Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.




Programme Director: Professor Peg Rawes

Departmental Tutor: Bill Hodgson




The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world’s top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities.


This programme explores what history can do for architecture. It examines architecture, not just as autonomous buildings, cities or designs, but through the society in which they are located and the ideas and debates they give rise to.

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General information
1 year full time
Peg Rawes
UK-EU £11,670 full time / Non-EU £25,900 full time
+44 (0)20 3108 9638
22 Gordon St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0QB
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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