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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)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT)
Overseas:
£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.

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.

Select your country:

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

Options

  • Students must choose 30 credits' worth of elective modules from across UCL.

Dissertation/report

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

Funding

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students from Nigeria who display intellectual ability and leadership potential, and have a high standard of English, i.e. at least 6.5 in IELTS. Students must be aged between 21-30 years, and originate from one of the Niger Delta States in Nigeria, namely Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa, and currently reside in Nigeria. Applicants must intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study. The eligible programmes for this award are MSc programmes in Chemical Process Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Students must have obtained a degree of at least an equivalent standard to a an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and be neither a current nor former employee (who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives Applicants must not already have had the chance to study in the UK or other developed country.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students from Nigeria who display intellectual ability and leadership potential, and have a high standard of English, i.e. at least 6.5 in IELTS. Students must be aged between 21-30 years, and originate from one of the Niger Delta States in Nigeria, namely Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa, and currently reside in Nigeria. Applicants must intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study. The eligible programmes for this award are MSc programmes in Chemical Process Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Students must have obtained a degree of at least an equivalent standard to a an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and be neither a current nor former employee (who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives Applicants must not already have had the chance to study in the UK or other developed country.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: For students in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering who are in financial need.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: For students in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering who are in financial need.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

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 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
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 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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