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.

Tuition fees

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

Application date

  • 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).

Core Modules

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience
  • Students must also choose one of the following 15-credit modules:
  • Advanced Research Practice
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Complex Problems


  • Students must choose 30 credits' worth of elective modules from across UCL.


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

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme   (CSSS)

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.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

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.

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

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

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

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.

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 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
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 consultancy firms such as Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Halcrow, Laing O’Rourke and Willis.

Next steps


Ms Jane Doogan

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7831


Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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