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Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MRes

This MRes is a research-oriented route 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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,920 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Fees note: 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 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 taught modules (30 credits), transferable skills modules (30 credits), two research-based modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Principles of Analytical Design
  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
  • Knowledge Power: The Fundamentals of Research
  • Spatial Cultures

Options

  • Choose one of the following:
  • Spatial Justice
  • Architectural Phenomena

Dissertation/report

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 available on the department web site Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities 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

Brown Family Bursary

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

Henry Herbert Bartlett Travel Scholarship

Value:
£400(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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

The first cohort of students on the Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MRes are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available. First destinations of recent graduates of the sister programme Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc, however, include: Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects, Foster and Partners, Buro Happold, Space Lab and Space Syntax Limited, as well as various academic positions at international universities,

Employability

This programme enhances students' abilities in the filed of architectural/urban morphology, spatial analysis, network analysis, urban/architectural theory and the social aspects of the urban environment. Graduates can be involved in both professional and academic activities. If you choose to go into practice, the programme will provide you with a cutting-edge at evidence-informed and research-based design. The 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 the jobs that bridge the two disciplines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future. Located in London, it is at the heart of the world's largest cluster of creative architects and engineering firms and has all the resources of a world city to hand.

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

This MRes will offer core components of the existing Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc, with a greater emphasis on research, management and transferable skills, forging stronger links across the Bartlett via shared modules and collaborative group research.

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

Department: Bartlett School of Architecture

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?

The programme is designed to appeal to those intending to undertake extensive 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

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:
  • 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
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
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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