Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2 to 5 years. Subsequent EngD students must complete the MRes in 2
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT)
- £22,180 (FT)
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the chosen field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subjects include engineering, architecture, town planning, science or other quantitative degree.
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.
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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Students will learn about the research process and research methodologies, and gain an understanding of policies, processes, technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment. Students can specialise by selecting modules from across a wide range of different topics and disciplines. As members of the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, students will join a community of innovative researchers tackling topics across this dynamic field and will benefit from the networking opportunities of this multidisciplinary environment.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).
- Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience
- Advanced Research Practice
- Students must choose 30 credits' worth of elective modules from across UCL.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words, and produce a presentation to be delivered at a dedicated event in September.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops and projects. Assessment is through examinations, project reports, coursework and project presentations.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) - SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED FOR 2016/17
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Graduates may choose to enter employment as researchers within engineering, planning or consultancy firms and/or decide to undertake further study at PhD/EngD level.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for Urban Sustainability & Resilience (USAR) is based within UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) – an energetic and exciting environment that draws on staff from across the university.
CEGE is a revolutionary department within UCL, distinguished by its radical thinking and interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching.
The combination of innovative, transformative investigation and practical application is the department’s response to the challenge of making the world a better place.
Students work in a dedicated research centre - providing a critical mass of problem solvers and intellectual resources and offering excellent networking opportunities.
Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
"UCL has great research facilities including Doctoral School courses and interdisciplinary programmes developed to assist research students to broaden their knowledge. Numerous events, lectures and seminars are constantly being organised by UCL Careers and different departments to give an opportunity to meet other researchers and industrial partners. I found these events extremely useful; I learnt about different professions which helped me to make a decision about my career choice."
Olga ParkesUrban Sustainability and Resilience MSc (2015)
"This programme provides the potential to contribute to developments in renewable energy in a novel and exciting way."
Patrick CottamUrban Sustainability & Resilience
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 for graduates of engineering disciplines and related degrees with a passion for urban sustainability and resilience issues and an interest in research (either academic or in industry) and in working across disciplines. The MRes is available on a full-time or flexible basis, making it an excellent option for those who want to further their professional development without taking a career break.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilience at graduate level
- why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilience at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- why you want to learn about the research process and to learn through research
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree