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29260 GBP/year
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The two Bio-Integrated Design Master's degrees from University College London integrate biotechnology, advanced computation and fabrication to create a radically new and sustainable built environment.

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Taught jointly by UCL's The Bartlett School of Architecture and Biochemical Engineering Department, the  Bio-Integrated Design from University College London brings together a spectrum of multi-disciplinary academics, practitioners and students, combining design experimentation with scientific methods, seeking new modes of simulation and production, and exploring how advances in the fields of synthetic biology, material science and digital fabrication are changing future design practices. 

The programme is taught in UCL's cutting-edge facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a space renowned as a hotbed for technological innovation and home to some of the UK's leading performance and design companies. These world-class facilities provide an ideal space for the large-scale construction of installations, as well as for public events.


  • Explore biologically integrated design, including digital simulations, synthetic biology and biotechnology and digital fabrication with experienced, interdisciplinary experts
  • Work within state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Biochemical Engineering Labs and architectural fabrication facilities offered by The Bartlett Manufacturing and Design Exchange
  • Study at a world-leading architecture school, with unrivalled connections to industry and research in London.


Bio-Integrated Design MArch and MSc prepare graduates for practice – innovating within established architectural practices or establishing their own. As an emerging field, the programmes also equip students for further research at PhD level. 

The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and the graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities. Students on this programme will have the opportunity to disseminate their work by participating in a number of exhibitions and conferences. Students studying the programme in both the full-time and flexible mode often undertake paid work within or related to the field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Project
  • Historical, Cultural and Theoretical Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Thesis Report
  • Final Year Project
  • Introduction to the Research Thesis
  • Integrated Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


300 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • Applicants will also be asked to submit two short pieces of writing. Details on this will be provided once the completed application has been received by the department.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29260 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14160 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


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