Urban Sustainability and Resilience MRes + EngD

Research areas:

The UCL Centre for Urban Sustainability & Resilience offers companies and organisations a unique opportunity to fund their specialist research needs through partnership with our EngD research community.

Our programme has two key themes: Sustainability and Resilience. We focus on reducing the impact of our cities on ecological systems (air, water, food chains, and so on) whilst improving quality of daily lives and coping with the problems of population growth and changing demographics such as an ageing society. We are concerned with engineering systems and developing technologies that will increase the resilience of our urban systems (education, health, transport, financial, governance, etc) and the infrastructure that supports them (for example: roads, communications networks, buildings) to shocks arising from natural, economic and technological disasters.

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IRIS department: Dept of Civil, Environ & Geomatic Eng

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.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952

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


An attractive qualification to further your career, the EngD will prepare you with commercial awareness and a holistic understanding of the industrial landscape. With these skills and knowledge, you can expect to enter the job market at a senior level within a research and development group. As an EngD Research Engineer, you will bridge the gap between the academic and commercial world.


The collaborative nature of the engineering doctorates offered within the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR) means that students gain first-hand experience of working with industry, giving our alumni a distinct advantage as they enter their professional lives. The centre has well-established partnerships with global engineering companies such as Arup, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and Willis, and also strong links with NGOs and government agencies such as London Underground and Transport for London. Through its industrial Advisory Committee, the centre ensures the training its research engineers receive addresses what industry demands of its future employees.


USAR hosts a biennial international conference, which gives our students the opportunity to interact and develop links with leading thinkers in the field of urban sustainability and resilience. Our students are actively encouraged to present papers at international conferences, publish journal articles and to participate in opportunities beyond the centre, for example by undertaking a secondment with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and to exploit the experiences and connections that these activities present. USAR also hosts an annual research showcase attended by industry and academics at which our research engineers present their work and are questioned by their peers.

Next steps


Ms Jane Doogan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7831


Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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