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What is an MRes?

By choosing a graduate research programme at the Bartlett you will be intellectually stimulated and will become part of an incredibly diverse and rewarding research community.

What is an MRes?

A Master of Research (MRes) is an internationally recognised advanced postgraduate research degree, designed to develop valued high-level research skills in careers outside of academia or to prepare students for doctoral research.

A pie chart to illustrate that an MRes degree is two-thirds research, one-sixth taught, and one-sixth transferable
  • An MRes at UCL is a year-long programme that combines research training and subject specific modules.
  • It offers greater research opportunities than an MSc and more teaching than a PhD. Around 66% of the year is taken up by research, compared to around 33% in a typical MSc programme.

Why study an MRes at the Bartlett?

  • You want to immerse yourself in a research subject, but don’t want to pursue a PhD programme.
  • You want to prepare for a PhD and build a strong academic foundation.
  • You already have some professional experience and would like to enhance your research skills and boost your career progression.
  • You want to acquire new skills and training for a career change.
  • You want to enhance your employability - Bartlett’s wide range of graduate research programmes can help build valuable relations in many industries and open unrivalled opportunities for career progression. 
  • Flexibility - MRes degrees have fewer teaching hours than standard MSc programmes, and can be easily combined with part-time work or caring commitments.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend our invigorating annual MRes conference, which showcases the diversity of research programmes and offers an interactive and engaging platform for networking and building relations with fellow research professionals

The Bartlett

The Bartlett is a world-renowned and authoritative institute, which continuously produces forward-thinking, progressive and impactful work.

Research is integral to the intellectual development and experience of our students, which is reflected in the innovative and boundary-pushing projects they produce.

"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."


Contact us

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.

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