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MRes degrees at The Bartlett

Become a part of The Bartlett’s lively and world-renowned research community with our MRes courses

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Research is an integral part of the intellectual life of The Bartlett, but if you’re not ready for a PhD there’s another way to immerse yourself in your subject without committing to three or more years.

As a stand-alone project or in preparation for a PhD, an MRes is a great option for someone with some professional experience to develop their skills in research and boost their professional or academic career.

If you’re considering a career change, an MRes can also offer the training and resources to set you on a new path.

What is an MRes?

A Master's of Research is a year-long programme where students have the opportunity to undergo research training as well as subject specific modules.

They offer more research opportunities than an MSc but with more points of teaching contact than a PhD. You can expect around 66% of the year to be taken up by research, compared to around 33% on a typical MSc programme. 

Why choose an MRes?

Many people study an MRes to explore particular areas of research they are interested in in greater depth.

Here's what one of our students has said:

An MRes is an excellent idea for those students that have acquired some professional experience, are aware of their strengths and weaknesses from an educational point of view, and while they like research they have not been convinced whether they are ready to get their hands fully into it by committing to a 3 or 4 year PhD.

The courses help build links in industry and act as a strong foundation for doctoral study or careers in industry and the public sector.

MRes degrees are more flexible than standard MSc programmes: fewer contact hours make them a good option for those working part-time or with caring commitments.

Embarking on an MRes will integrate you into the thriving research community at UCL, with a dedicated annual conference for Bartlett MRes students and many opportunities to engage with internal and external research groups.

If you have any questions about our MRes courses, please contact Kayvan Karimi, Bartlett MRes tutor: k.karimi@ucl.ac.uk

Explore our MRes courses below:

Spatial Data Science and Visualisation MRes

Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
A unique focus on analysis, mapping and visualisation, pulling together the latest research in urban form, functionality and communication.

Architectural Computation MRes

The Bartlett School of Architecture
Taught by architects and experts in artificial intelligence, the Architectural Computation course equips students with the skills to create generative, emergent and responsive forms, through exposure to real programming environments. 

Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MRes

Space Syntax Laboratory
SS:AC MRes is centred on furthering your understanding of architecture and urban design as instruments in the development of society. Using the theoretical and analytical framework of space syntax, this programme involves the study of architecture from the scale of buildings to small-scale urban design through to planning entire cities. 

Architecture and Digital Theory MRes

Bartlett School of Architecture
This is a new MRes that explores digital theory, history and cultures in all their guises, from design and fabrication to many related fields being affected and transformed by the new digital paradigm.

Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes

Bartlett School of Planning
This programme provides an inter-disciplinary space for students to examine the challenges of urban design from comparative disciplinary perspectives. Students will conduct a substantial piece of individual urban design research and investigate methodologies for urban scale research and critically informed urban design practice.

Energy Demand Studies MRes

UCL Energy Institute
The only programme of its kind in the UK, the MRes Energy Demand Studies offers students grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to carry out research into energy demand reduction in the built environment.


UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage
The MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is a pioneering Master's course delivering cross-disciplinary heritage science.

The programme introduces you to a unique assembly of scientific disciplines - physical sciences, engineering, imaging, computing, social sciences - brought together in order to address research questions related to cultural heritage.