Master of Research (MRes)

 Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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The aim of the MRes in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is to equip students from a variety of backgrounds with the research skills, knowledge and understanding required to tackle current and future challenges faced by cities globally, including increasing the resilience of our urban systems, and the infrastructure that supports them, to shocks arising from natural, economic and technological disasters. Students will gain an understanding of new methodologies, technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment.  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.

The programme comprises a substantial research project and four taught modules.  Students will learn about the research process and research methodologies, and gain an understanding of sustainability and resilience from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition, 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.  

The MRes can be studied full-time part-time or on a flexible basis, making it a good option for those who want to continue to work while gaining a qualification and/or continuing their professional development.

Mode of study
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: 2 to 5 years
Taught and Research Components
2 x Technical Modules (30 credits)
2 x Research Skills Modules (30 credits)
MRes Research Project (120 credits)

Students normally take each of the 15 credit modules below  in order to meet the research transferable skills requirement of the MRes programme.

CEGEG104  Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (compulsory)
 Researcher Professional  Development

The research project assessment should form an integrated whole and present a coherent argument.  Students will be required to:

  • Submit a report to be marked by the principal supervisor and a second marker
  • Produce a presentation to be delivered and assessed in September

View the recording of the MRes Urban Sustainability and Resilience virtual open day here.

Register now for our June online virtual open day event ( 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on 11 June 2018). Put your questions to MRes students and Dr Helena Titheridge, the USAR MRes Programme Director.

How to Apply

Apply online

Application guidelines

Scholarships, funding and fees

For more inform, please contact Jane Doogan  (j.doogan@ucl.ac.uk)