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.

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £17,400

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Flexible/Modular: 5 September 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).

Core Modules

  • Inter-disciplinary Urban Design – this module draws from a range of named
  • feeder modules from across the UCL Bartlett and across UCL (see below).

  • Urban Investigations – this module explores cutting-edge research and
  • research techniques in urban design.

Feeder Modules

  • The core Inter-disciplinary Urban Design module allows students to draw from
  • a wide range of feeder modules includin, but not limited to:
  • BENVUD1 History and Theory of Urban Design
  • BENVUD2 Strategic Urban Design
  • BENVUD3 Detailed Urban Design
  • BENVGBU1 Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • BENVGBU2 Participatory Process: Building for Development
  • BENVGBU8/9 Contested Urbanism Studios
  • BENVGAAD Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • BENVGAAJ Adaptable Cities
  • BENVGAAF Principles of Analytical Design
  • BENVGAAG Spatial Cultures
  • BENVGAAI Architectural Phenomena
  • BENVGAAH Spatial Justice
  • BENVGPLC Urban Design – Place-Making
  • BENVGTC4 Urban Design: Guidance, Incentive and Control
  • BENVGSU3 Sustainable Urban Design
  • BENVGSA5 Knowledge and Power: the Fundamentals of Research
  • BENVGEEH Sustainable Housing Design
  • T25 Urban Street Planning and Design

Research Project/Dissertation

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

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

These awards are based on academic merit.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

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 in a cognate discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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?

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
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.


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.

Next steps


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