M.A. On Campus

Architecture and Historic Urban Environments

12 months
29400 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
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This Architecture and Historic Urban Environments Master's programme offered at the University College London (UCL) pioneers a fresh and critical approach that promotes architectural and artistic interventions which rejuvenate and reinterpret historic urban environments at all scales. 


This programme pioneers a fresh and critical approach to architecture and historic urban environments at a world-leading architecture school.

Students work with leading historians, theorists and practitioners to offer creative solutions which enable historic urban environments to thrive, rather than just survive.

This Architecture and Historic Urban Environments programme offered at the University College London (UCL) links the core research challenge of innovative design with in-depth processes of urban surveying, recording, mapping and analysis. As such, the programme has a strong international component, viewing cities around the world as fascinating laboratories for new ways of investigating and actively engaging with historic urban environments, with London being the prime example.


  • Work with a team of outstanding designers, researchers and historians to develop creative approaches to historic urban environments 
  • Develop a detailed understanding of urban surveying, recording and mapping, informed by field trips to world-renowned sites
  • Exhibit your dissertation or major project as part of the programme's annual exhibition


Graduates of this programme will be expected to assume leading roles in design disciplines engaged with historic urban environments at all scales using emerging design approaches and new technologies that are already changing our understanding of and response to contemporary building production and design in historic contexts. With experience of different cities and urban conditions in a global context, graduates are highly skilled in working flexibly and resourcefully in different cultural, geographic and professional enviroments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Representation of Cities
  • Critical Spatial Practice: Site Writing
  • Multiple Modernities Architecture
  • Practices of Criticism
  • E-merging Analysis and Design Project
  • Sustainable Strategies
  • Histories of Global London, 1900 to the Present

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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