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Contact details

Ms Jane Doogan

Email: j.doogan@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7831

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£4,400 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£20,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Urban Sustainability and Resilience MRes

For the first time in history more than 50% of humanity lives in urban areas. Compounded by climate change, this is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. The environmental, regulatory and economic need for increased energy-efficiency, low carbon technology and eco-friendly buildings, has fuelled a drive to produce a new generation of outstanding research engineers.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will become familiar with the radical new technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment, and emerge as a new class of professional engineer, equipped practically and intellectually to lead this adventure.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR) is based within UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) – an energetic and exciting environment that draws on staff from across the university.

CEGE is a revolutionary department within UCL distinguished by its radical thinking and interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching.

The combination of innovative, transformative investigation and practical application is the department’s response to the challenge of making the world a better place.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Advanced Research Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience


  • Students can choose from a wide range of options that cover sustainability and resilience issues


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words, and produce a poster to be presented at the Master’s event in September.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops and projects. Assessment is through examinations, project reports, coursework and project presentations.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the chosen field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subjects include: engineering, architecture, town planning, science or other quantitative degree.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

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

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for graduates from engineering disciplines or other related degrees (as above) who have a passion for issues surrounding urban sustainability and resilience. You will be interested in a research (either academic or industry) and are interested in working across disciplines.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilence at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


With the completion of the MRes, we expect students to be highly competent professionals, who will either continue to the MPhil/PhD or EngD level or work for world-class engineering, planning or consultancies such as Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Halcrow, Laing O’Rourke and Willis.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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