The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


Mode of Study

MRes Urban Spatial Science - TMRSDSAVIS22

Mode of Study

Full-time: 1 calendar year 
Part-time: 2 calendar years 
Modular flexible: 5 calendar years 

Location of study 

Campus-based, Bloomsbury Campus


Assessment is undertaken via a variety of means, including practical projects, group presentations, written technical coursework reports, essays, workbooks, and a final research dissertation. 

*As defined in the UCL Academic Manual:
Pathway: A Pathway is an informal specialism within a Programme or Route which guides students towards a particular area but which does not lead to a discrete Field of Study. A Pathway is typically defined by the different Option and Elective Modules available within the Programme but this Pathway is not recorded separately in the Student Record System and does not appear on the student’s degree certificate or transcript.


Part-Time and Modular/Flexible Study

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Part-time students normally attend half this amount.

Part-time students (aiming to complete the programme of 180 credits in two years):

Students on this mode of study should aim to follow the study pattern below: 

Part-time Year One (either 45 or 60 credits of taught modules can be taken)Part-time Year Two (either 30 or 45 taught modules can be taken, depending on how many modules were taken in Year 1)
CASA0005 (15 credits) - compulsoryCASA0001 (15 credits) - compulsory

CASA Optional Modules – minimum 30 credits – CASA0013 recommended for students with little programming experience

CASA0007 (15 credits) - compulsory

Elective Module –15 credits (can be taken in Year 1 or 2 from either CASA modules or elsewhere in UCL)

CASA0004 – 90 credits (research module - compulsory)


Elective Module – 15 credits (can only be an option if not taken in Year 1)

These students can take up to five years to gain 180 credits to complete the programme.

The student registers at the start of every academic year, and chooses (via Portico) which modules to study in that academic year. The action of making a module choice generates an invoice from the Fees Office.

It is possible for a modular/flexible student to enrol onto the programme at the start of the academic year but decide not to take any modules in that year and defer study to another year. They will pay no fees for that year, but will remain an enrolled, registered student of UCL.

NB: Several Optional modules require particular core modules to be taken first – see study order below:

The following modules require CASA0013 to have been taken or the student to have equivalent programming experience: CASA0002, CASA0003, CASA0011
CASA0006 requires CASA0007 to be taken first
CASA0023 requires CASA0005 to be taken first
CASA0008 requires CASA0001 to be taken first

NB: The Dissertation module is intended to be a final activity of the programme and should be left to the final year.

NB: All Modular/Flexible students MUST re-enrol every autumn until they complete their studies, regardless of whether they intend to actively study that year or not. Student registration must remain current, otherwise it will be assumed the student has left the programme.