Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MRes

This MRes is a new research-oriented route which offers greater independence of learning and increased specialism to those intending to undertake extensive research (e.g. a PhD) or mid-career professionals who are seeking new direction or wishing to concentrate on a particular field of study within their current place of employment (such as in environmental or urban design consultancy).

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 3-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,400

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time fee taken in an academic session.

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Alongside initial training by world leaders in space syntax research, students will be able to specialise in one of several streams: buildings and organisations; urban, suburban, planned and unplanned settlements; spatial modelling and evidence-based design. If desired, students will be able to develop a research project relevant to the research interests of their company or practice.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future. Located in London, it is at the heart of the world's largest cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and has all the resources of a world city to hand.

Students benefit from teaching from the Bartlett's 'SPACE' research group, one of the world's leading architecture research groups and from Space Syntax Limited, an architectural and urban design consultancy that applies space syntax theories and methods into practice on internationally renowned projects.

This new MRes will offer core components of the existing Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc, with a greater emphasis on research, management and transferable skills, forging stronger links across the Bartlett via shared modules and collaborative group research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of taught modules (30 credits), transferable skills modules (30 credits), two research-based modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Principles of Analytical Design
  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Knowledge Power: The Fundamentals of Research
  • Spatial Cultures


  • Choose one of the following:
  • Spatial Justice
  • Architectural Phenomena


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15–18,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, field work, independent project work and workshops. Assessment is through coursework, written and take-home examinations, projects, dissertation and presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

HRP Heritage Science Scholarship

Historic Royal Palaces is funding this scheme in order to increase the numbers of ethnic minority students in the Heritage Science sector.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant design, engineering or scientific field or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a relevant postgraduate qualification or significant industrial experience.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed to appeal to those intending to undertake extensive research (e.g. a PhD), or to mid-career professionals who are either seeking new directions or wishing to take a year out from a related industry.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities
  • why you want to study Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
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.


Graduates of this programme are likely to employ their transferable skills and enter the specialism for the first time, return to their workplace with fresh focus or specialise in the burgeoning spheres of expertise that this research field has developed in recent years.

The first cohort of students on the Advanced Architectural Studies MRes are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. First destinations of recent graduates of the sister programme Advanced Architectural Studies MSc, however, include: Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects and Ouzounowpounou & Papataristou Architects.


This course enhances students' abilities in the filed of architectural/urban morphology, spatial analysis, network analysis, urban/architectural theory and the social aspects of the urban environment. Graduates of the course can be involved in both professional and academic activities. If you choose to go into practice, the coure will provide you a cutting edge at evidence-informed and research-based design. The graduates, who choose an academic path, will have the advanced knowledge and skills, which are required for high-level academic jobs. In reality, many graduates of this course will be picked up for the jobs that bridge between the two disciplines.

Next steps


Mr Craig Daraz

T: +44 (0)20 3108 9746


Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

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