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.


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

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.


Visit our Scholarships and funding webpage to find out more about opportunities open to CEGE PGR students. 

Programme information

Please note, all module choices are subject to space on modules, timetabling constraints and the approval of the relevant module tutor and the programme director.

MRes element

Full-time students take the MRes over one year. Part-time students take the MRes over two years. 

The MRes consists of one compulsory taught module (15 credits), one optional research skills module selected from an approved list (15 credits), two elective modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Compulsory module

Optional modules

Students choose one optional module (15 credits) from the below approved list of research skills modules:

Elective modules

Students choose two elective modules, totalling 30 credits. An elective module is any UCL Master's level module. Choices are subject to the programme director's approval. Visit the UCL Module Catalogue for further information (selecting FHEQ Level 7 in the filter). 

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 20,000 words, and produce a presentation to be delivered at a dedicated event in September. This is worth 120 credits.

    EngD element

    Full-time students take the EngD over three years. Part-time students take the EngD over five years. Please get in touch with Prof Titheridge to discuss workloads, programme structure and progression timing if you are considering the part-time route. 

    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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