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MSc Programmes & Research Degrees

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MSc Programmes & Research Degrees

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MSc Programmes & Research Degrees

The following are postgraduate degrees at UCL that offers a focus on circularity in the urban context.

In the face of global environmental challenges, societies, businesses and policymakers alike need to rethink how we can use our natural resources sustainably. UCL's Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc investigates the resource efficiency and sustainable resource management. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge to drive change and become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

​Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

This programme examines the critical relations between development planning and socio-environmental challenges in urban areas of the Global South. It challenges mainstream approaches to development, focusing on strategic pathways to address socio-environmental injustices and enhance collective capacities to act. Many of our graduates go on to help shape future sustainable development agendas in local government, international agencies and civil society organisations.

Department: Development Planning Unit

There is an urgent need for more efficient, sustainable buildings. UCL's Environmental Design and Engineering MSc develops new generations of experts to apply innovative, sustainable approaches to building design and operation. For over 40 years, we have continually produced a stream of high-achieving graduates sought after by the biggest names in building design and construction.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. This interdisciplinary Master's programme presents environmental issues and technologies within a systems engineering context. Graduates will understand interactions between the natural environment, people, processes and technologies to develop sustainable solutions.

Department: Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

The MSc in Sustainable Urbanism has been designed to bring together urban sustainability theory, policy and design in a ground-breaking programme which is not offered anywhere else in the UK. It is intended for those interested in a career in built environment related professions with a focus on urban sustainability/sustainable development and takes a multidisciplinary approach.

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

New for 2022/2023, the MSc Urban Spatial Science programme explores the theoretical, social and scientific foundations of the modern built environment through a geo-spatial, data-oriented lens. Through learning what is possible with code, about the benefits of data-informed urban analytics, and (as importantly) about the limitations technology-led solutionism, our graduates are distinguished as being simultaneously technically-capable and critically reflective, able to look past the hype that accompanies the buzz around smart cities, urban data science, and urban science.

Department: The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis

The 4 year Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) PhD programme will train graduates to pursue original research to support the transition to zero carbon and the transformation of the relationship between supply and demand. Students will benefit from subject-specific and transferrable skills training courses, support from leading researchers, and access to a network of alumni and potential employers.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

Research areas
  • Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology, enabled by smart control systems and new business models. 
  • Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
  • Comfort, health and well-being:  buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.