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Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc /

This MSc programme aims to further theunderstanding of architecture and urban design inthe development of building cities and the socialgroups that inhabit them. It offers an increasedspecialism to those interested in the research anddesign of the built environment intending to takeeither an academic pathway or a specific directionwithin their current professional practice.

 Degree summary 

The programme addresses the study of architecture and cities using thetheoretical and analytical framework of space syntax as well as widertheoretical and analytical approaches. Students learn to specialise inone of several streams related to contemporary worldchallenges: architecture and computing, sustainable urbanism, socialinclusion and exclusion, informal settlements, spatial cognition, thephysical and immaterial dimensions of social networks and designinnovation.

// The programme provides a unique approach to the study ofarchitecture and cities worldwide, equipping students withexceptional theoretical and analytical skills. It is located at TheBartlett, one of the UK's largest multidisciplinary built environmentfaculties, bringing together scientific and professional specialismsrequired to research, understand, design, construct and operate thebuildings and urban environments of the future.

// The programme is unique in integrating architecture and urbanism,and adopting a user-centred approach. Students receive advancedand exceptional training in theories, data analysis and their creativeintegration with design thinking.

// The degree draws on the rich design industries in London includingSpace Syntax Ltd and provides networking opportunities to helpadvance students in their academic and professional capacitiesboth during and after the programme.

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, design studios,hands-on computer workshops, a variety of field trips in and aroundLondon and an international trip (optional). Assessment is throughessays, written and take-home examinations, oral presentations, projectreviews, debates, group and individual projects, classroom exercisesand the dissertation.

The E-merging analysis and design studio (optional module) is usuallyaccompanied by an international trip.

The cost to the student is not exceeding £500 per person, based onstandard costs as specified by the school.

 Degree structure 

Mode: Full-time: 1 year; Flexible: 2-5 years

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programmeconsists of seven core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).


// Design as a Knowledge-Based Process

// Buildings, Organisations and Networks

// Space Syntax Methodology and Analytical Design

// Spatial Cultures

// Architectural Phenomena

// Spatial Justice


// Analytical Design Research Project

// E-Merging Design and Analysis

// Spatial Dynamics and Computation


// All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation related to the main themes of theprogramme, typically involving a directed research project on a building or urban site.

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* Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

 Your career 

Graduates of the programme go on to many different careers: somehave progressed to PhD degrees and have obtained academic positionsin top universities worldwide, others have found teaching positions onarchitectural programmes; some go into policy-making; and many haveploughed their knowledge back into furthering their architectural/designcareers. In the past few years an increasing number of graduates haveobtained jobs at Space Syntax Limited.

First destinations of recent graduates include roles with leading designand architecture practices, as well as academic or research positions atprestigious international universities or research centres.

Recent career destinations* include:

// Architect, Psomas Architects

// Consultant, Space Syntax

// Junior Account Executive, ING Media

// PhD in History and Theory of Architecture, UCL


This programme enhances students' intellectual and design abilities inthe field of urban/architectural theory, architectural/urban morphologyand the social aspects of the urban environment. Graduates of thisprogramme can be involved in both professional and academicactivities. Graduates who choose to go into practice will have a leadingedge in evidence-informed and research-based design. Those whochoose an academic path will have the advanced knowledge and skillsrequired for high-level academic positions.

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 Entry requirements 

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree from aUK university or an equivalent overseas qualification in an architecturalor urban design related subject is usually required. Consideration willalso be given to applicants from other fields, particularly humangeography, anthropology and archaeology, and to applicants withdegrees of a lower classification if they have considerable senior-levelprofessional experience in the field. For applicants without a first degreeor full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial workexperience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set;details are available from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

English language proficiency level

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, youwill be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level ofEnglish proficiency.

The level of English language proficiency for this programme is:Standard.

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications andtest providers is provided at:www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/english-requirements

 Your application 

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competitionfor places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseasapplicants) should take note of application deadlines.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

// why you want to study Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities atgraduate level, and at UCL

// what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme

// how you see the proper role of research in design; whether you haveexperience of using space syntax or other built environmentresearch methodologies

// how your academic and professional background meets thedemands of this challenging programme

// where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statementis your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to thisprogramme match what the programme will deliver.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for thisprogramme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paperapplications. More details about the application fee can be found atwww.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.


// UK: £13,350 (FT)

// EU: £13,350 (FT)

// Overseas: £25,880 (FT)

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees forsubsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Furtherinformation on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can beviewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to theappropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCLScholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships


Full-time: 27 July 2018

Flexible/Modular: 31 August 2018

Details on how to apply are available on the website at:www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/apply


Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 9018/9004/9002

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This information is for guidance only. It should not be construed as advice nor relied upon and does not form part of any contract.For more information on UCL's degree programmes please see the UCL Graduate Prospectus at www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate

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