Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes
This new one-year MRes programme creates a globally unique opportunity to explore urban design as a research arena (short of a PhD) and study in an inter-disciplinary way across the UCL Bartlett, the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible up to 5 years.
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,250
- Overseas Full-time: £17,400
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
This programme provides an inter-disciplinary space in which students can examine the challenges of urban design from comparative disciplinary perspectives; exposes students to the latest cutting-edge urban design research and teaching at the UCL Bartlett; offers the opportunity for students to conduct a substantial piece of individual urban design research; and trains students in methodologies appropriate to the conduct of urban design and urban scale research.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett brings together dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
This MRes is a faculty-wide programme, and through it students will be able to tap into perhaps the largest global concentration of urban design related researchers and professional expertise found anywhere in the world.
The programme has a simple and highly flexible structure, designed to allow students to tailor their learning in order to reflect both their own background, and how they wish to specialise in the future.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The MRes IduD consists of two core modules (totalling 105 credits), and either a 15,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word disssertation and a research-based design proposal (75 credits).
Urban Design Research Project – an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 15,000 words or a 10,000-word dissertation and a research-based design proposal.
Teaching and Learning
Methods of delivery will vary from student to student (because of the flexible nature of the programme) but a typical student might encounter studio teaching, formal lectures, analytical modelling, small-group tutorials and discussion, formal presentations, and site visits. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, and project work.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective full-time UK Master's students in the Bartlett School of Planning. There is no application procedure; all eligible students will be considered by the School of Planning. This award is based on academic merit.
These awards are based on academic merit.
These scholarships are based on financial need.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
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 in a cognate discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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?
This programme will be particularly suitable for students from architectural, planning, urban design, landscape, real estate or civil engineering backgrounds, although others might also be considered
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Inter-disciplinary Urban Design at graduate level
- why you want to study Inter-disciplinary Urban Design 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
The programme opens up a range of future opportunities for participants along two primary paths:
- It provides an opportunity for students seeking to further their professional careers, to specialise in urban design and, within that broad arena, to engage deeply with a particular research agenda of direct relevance to their future professional practice
- For students seeking a research or academic career, the MRes provides the ideal training for a PhD and eventually for a move to an academic or other research position.
The programme is globally unique and will give students an important employment edge in allowing them to tailor their studies to their won individual circumstances, building on existing strengths or plugging important gaps. It will deliver a research training in urgan design whilst also helping to build a unique and first class portfolio of work in which the student, rather than syllabus, in the driving force.
"There is a huge variety of different training courses that you can take at UCL to improve your research and personal skills."
Sonia Friere Trigo
Degree: Planning Studies PhD
"UCL has given me the freedom and space to think through difficult problems that I thought were important and yet under-studied internationally, with the potential to contribute to both the industry and policymaker led solutions to those problems."
Dr Tristan Smith
Lecturer in Energy and Transport
Subject: Energy Institute, Faculty: Built Environment