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Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MRes

This MRes is a research-oriented programme which offers greater independence of learning and increased specialism to those intending to undertake extensive research (e.g. a PhD) or mid-career professionals who are seeking new direction or wishing to concentrate on a particular field of study within their current place of employment (such as in environmental or urban design consultancy).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 3-5 years

Part-time students undertake 90 credits (out of 180 credits) each year.

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£10,430 (FT) N/A (PT)
£20,540 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017
Close: 2 September 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant design, engineering or scientific field or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a relevant postgraduate qualification or significant industrial experience.

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

Alongside initial training by world-leaders in space syntax research, students will be able to specialise in one of several streams: buildings and organisations; urban, suburban, planned and unplanned settlements; spatial modelling and evidence-based architectural and urban design. If desired, students will be able to develop a research project relevant to the research interests of their company or practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four Core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Analytical Design
  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Communication Skills
  • Spatial Cultures

Optional modules

Choose one of the following:

  • Spatial Justice
  • Architectural Phenomena


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, field work, independent project work and workshops. Assessment is through coursework, written and take-home examinations, projects, dissertation and presentation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MRes


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


Some graduates of this programme are likely to employ their transferable skills and enter the specialism for the first time, others return to their workplace with fresh focus or they may specialise in the burgeoning spheres of expertise that this research field has developed in recent years.

First destinations of recent graduates of this programme and its sister programme Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc include: CABE, Foster and Partners, Aecom, Arup, Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects, Buro Happold, Space Lab and Space Syntax Limited, as well as various academic or research positions at prestigious international universities or research centres.


This programme enhances students' abilities in the fields of evidence-based architectural and urban design, strategic planning and design, urban regeneration, architectural and urban morphology, spatial and network analysis, future and smart cities and transport planning. Graduates can be involved in both professional and academic activities. If for those who go into practice, the programme provides in cutting-edge at evidence-informed and research-based design; graduates who choose an academic path will have the advanced knowledge and skills, which are required for high-level academic jobs. In reality, many graduates will be selected for jobs that bridge the two disciplines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary built environment faculty, bringing together all aspects of professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from UCL Bartlett's Space Syntax Laboratory, one of the world's leading architectural/urban research groups and from Space Syntax Limited, an architectural and urban design consultancy that applies space syntax theories and methods in practice on internationally renowned projects.

This programme helps transform students careers by enhancing their fundamental knowledge, skills and capabilities of dealing with the built environment, making them highly employable for the institutions and companies that need world-class thinkers, designers, and researchers.

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

Student / staff numbers › 150 staff › 400 taught students › 100 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Architecture
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


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?

The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of applicants, but particularly to those intending to undertake extensive applied or academic research (e.g. a PhD), or to mid-career professionals who are either seeking new directions or wishing to take a year out from a related industry.

Application deadlines

28 July 2017
2 September 2017

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:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities
  • why you want to study Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities at graduate level
  • how competent you are in developing and undertaking research on major issues in the field of built environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs

Together with essential academic requirements, a brief research proposal and the personal statement are your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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