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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2 to 5 years. Subsequent EngD students must complete the MRes in 2.
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £20,900
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 will 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.
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).
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:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.
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
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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 for graduates from engineering disciplines or other related degrees 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 Resilience 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
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 consultancy firms such as Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Halcrow, Laing O’Rourke and Willis.
"I applied for graduate study at UCL because of its great reputation, and because it had recently invested in developing a new department in biodiversity research. This seemed a great opportunity to be part of this new department in its infancy."
Degree: Urban Sustainability and Resilience EngD
"My degree demonstrates my expertise gained through working with some of the best researchers in my field, and people in the industry recognise it."
Research Associate, UCL