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MPhil, PhD and EngD

The Bartlett’s reputation for high-quality research extends across almost every facet of the built environment.

We offer opportunities to pursue original and significant research, providing support and supervision from the faculty’s own internationally respected body of specialists, and from UCL’s wider community of leading academics.


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Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

Advanced Spatial Analysis MPhil/PhD

The main areas of research with the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis are:

  • Complexity (spatial network analysis, scaling and explanatory mechanisms)
  • Design and visualisation (GIS and dataVis, 3D models, virtual cities, virtual and augmented realities)
  • Geo-demographics
  • ICT in society
  • Simulation (agent-based models, spatial models, land use transportation models)
Bartlett School of Architecture

Architectural Design MPhil/PhD

The Design route encourages the development of architectural research through the combination of designing and writing. On this route, you will typically be required to present a thesis consisting of a project and a text that share a research theme and a productive relationship. The project may be drawn, filmed, built, or make use of whatever media is appropriate.

Architectural and Urban History and Theory MPhil/PhD

The Urban History and Theory route is intended to allow you to conduct an exhaustive, original and creative piece of research into an area of your own selection and definition. The range of research topics undertaken is broad, but most explore the history and theory of architecture and cities between 1800 and the present day.

Architectural Space and Computation MPhil/PhD

The Space and Computation route normally requires students to use space syntax theories and methods to study the effects of spatial design on aspects of social, organisational and economic performance of buildings and urban areas; or to apply technology to research into the built environment, bringing innovative computational analytical methods to the heart of the design process.

Architecture and Digital Theory MPhil/PhD

The Digital Theory route is intended to allow you to produce original research in areas related to computational tools applied to design, regardless of scale, historical timeframe, or methodological approach.

Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

Construction and Project Management MPhil/PhD

The main areas of research within the Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management are:

  • Infrastructure economics, infrastructure finance and management
  • Construction economics
  • Urban and housing economics
  • Real estate finance
  • Project management, including innovation, learning, risk management, leadership, marketing, financing, project-based enterprises.
Development Planning Unit

Development Planning MPhil/PhD

The main areas of research within the Development Planning Unit are:

  • Urban Transformations
  • Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience
  • Diversity, Social Complexity and Planned Intervention
  • State and Market Governance and Policy
Bartlett School of Planning

Planning Studies MPhil/PhD

Research within the Bartlett School of Planning ranges from understanding the fundamentals of urban form, complexity, society and development, to critiquing the processes of planning, governance, regeneration and investment, and analysing the outcomes from planning as they affect urban quality, culture, sustainability and mobility. 

UCL Energy Institute

Energy MPhil/PhD

The UCL Energy Institute researches energy demand and energy systems, and their relationships with the following:

  • built environment
  • economics
  • engineering
  • health
  • human dimensions
  • policy
  • resources
  • transport
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Environmental Design and Engineering MPhil/PhD

The main areas of research within the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering are:

  • Energy use in buildings
  • Building stock modelling
  • Healthy buildings
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental performance
  • Light and lighting
  • Facility management
  • Workplace innovation
UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Global Prosperity MPhil/PhD

There are three core research themes within the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity:

  • Making a Living (the conceptualisation and improvement of livelihoods)
  • The Change that Needs to Happen (social innovation as a means of building new social, economic and political institutions)
  • Making the Future (mechanisms and capacities for turning science and technology innovations towards key social challenges) 
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Sustainable Heritage MPhil/PhD

Students with the ISH will work with people and partners that are engaged with real-world heritage problems and issues, and will conduct research that has the potential to command a global audience and influence. 

UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Sustainable Resources MPhil/PhD

Students work on research projects in the area of sustainable resource use alongside experienced researchers in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment.

UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

PhD in Innovation and Public Policy

An interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Programme bringing together economists, philosophers, political scientists, designers, architects, anthropologists, engineers and natural scientists to connect theories of innovation to new thinking about public value creation. IIPP is a new UCL institute providing radical thinking about public policy driven by public purpose.