Urban Sustainability and Resilience MRes

For the first time in history more than 50% of humanity lives in urban areas. Compounded by climate change, this is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. The environmental, regulatory and economic need for increased energy efficiency, low-carbon technology and eco-friendly buildings has fuelled a drive to produce a new generation of outstanding research engineers.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2 to 5 years. Subsequent EngD students must complete the MRes in 2

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT)
£21,530 (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 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.

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

Students will become familiar with the radical new technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment and will emerge as a new class of professional engineer, equipped practically and intellectually to lead this adventure.

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).

Core Modules

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience
  • Students must also choose one of the following 15-credit modules:
  • Advanced Research Practice
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Complex Problems


  • 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 poster to be presented at the Master’s 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Urban Sustainability and Resilience MRes


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.

Brown Family Bursary

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

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.(1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


With the completion of the MRes, we expect students to be highly competent professionals who will either continue to the MPhil/PhD or EngD level or work for world-class engineering, planning or consultancy firms such as Arup, Atkins, Buro Happold, Halcrow, Laing O’Rourke and Willis.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR) is based within UCL Civil, Environmental and 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.

Student / staff ratios › 36 staff › 140 taught students › 79 research students

Department: Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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 from engineering disciplines or other related degrees who have a passion for issues surrounding urban sustainability and resilience. You will be interested in a research (either academic or industry) and are interested in working across disciplines.

Application deadlines

All applicants

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 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
  • 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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  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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