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Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes

The Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes is a faculty-wide one year research degree designed to allow students to tailor their own learning to their background and future aspirations. Students can construct their study in an inter-disciplinary manner and in so doing explore urban design as a critical arena for advanced research and practice.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: up to 5 years.

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,530 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,920 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline or a relevant Master's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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 The Bartlett and across UCL (see below)
  • Urban Investigations – this module explores cutting-edge research and research techniques in urban design

Feeder Modules

  • History and Theory of Urban Design
  • Strategic Urban Design
  • Detailed Urban Design
  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Participatory Process: Building for Development
  • Contested Urbanism Studios
  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Adaptable Cities
  • Principles of Analytical Design
  • Spatial Cultures
  • Architectural Phenomena
  • Spatial Justice
  • Urban Design – Place-Making
  • Urban Design: Guidance, Incentive and Control
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Knowledge and Power: the Fundamentals of Research
  • Sustainable Housing Design
  • T25 Urban Street Planning and Design

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on financial needs

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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 first cohort of students on the Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

The programme is globally unique and will give students an important employment edge in allowing them to tailor their studies to their own individual circumstances, building on existing strengths or plugging important gaps. It will deliver a research training in urban design whilst also helping to build a unique and first class portfolio of work in which the student, rather than syllabus, is the driving force.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 40 staff › 250 taught students › 65 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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