UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Urban Sustainability and Resilience MRes + EngD

This programme provides students with the opportunity to tackle a challenging research problem identified by industry as critical to our urban environment.


The EngD programme has two key themes: sustainability and resilience. We focus on reducing the impact of our cities on ecological systems (air, water, food chains) whilst improving the quality of daily lives and coping with the problems of population growth and changing demographics, such as an ageing society. We are concerned with engineering systems and developing technologies that will increase the resilience of our urban systems (education, health, transport, water, financial, governance) and the infrastructure that supports them (roads, communications networks, buildings) to shocks arising from natural, economic and technological hazards.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL Prospectus site.

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Programme information

The MRes can be studied full-time (1 year) part-time (2 years) or on a flexible basis (2 to 5 years). The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two elective modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Please note, all choices are subject to space on modules, timetabling constraints and the approval of the relevant Module Tutor and the Programme Director.

Year 1: MRes

The MRes year consists of two core modules (30 credits), two elective modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Core/compulsory modules

Students must undertake the module above plus one other 15-credit research skills module from an approved list.

Optional modules

Students choose elective modules (30 credits) from across UCL.


Students submit a report of up to 20,000 words based on the MRes research project and produce a presentation (120 credits).

    Year 2-4: EngD

    Students will take an additional four graduate level taught modules (60 credits) including a project management module, a resilience module and a sustainability module (each worth 15 credits and selected from approved lists).


    • EngD progression at the end of year two: students produce a report of 5,000-10,000-words
    • EngD thesis: students produce a thesis of maximum length 100,000 words


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