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Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes

The Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes is a faculty-wide one-year research degree designed to allow students to tailor their own learning to their background and future aspirations. Students can construct their study in an inter-disciplinary manner, enabling them to explore urban design as a critical arena for advanced research and practice.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Part-time and Flexible students normally attend half this amount.

Application dates

Full-time
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019
Flexible/Modular
Close: 30 August 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £11,650 (FT) £5,800 (PT)
Overseas: £21,790 (FT) £10,720 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline or a relevant Master's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

This programme provides an interdisciplinary space in which students can examine the challenges of urban design from comparative disciplinary perspectives; students are exposed to the latest cutting-edge urban design research and teaching at the UCL Bartlett and are offered the opportunity to conduct a substantial piece of individual urban design research, receiving training in methodologies appropriate to the conduct of urban design and urban scale research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (totalling 105 credits), and either a 15,000-word dissertation or a 10,000-word disssertation and a research-based design proposal (75 credits).

Part-time studnts must complete the 75 credit 'black box' module, 'BPLN0021: Interdisciplinary Urban Design', in their first year.

Compulsory modules

  • Interdisciplinary Urban Design - this module draws from a range of named feeder modules from across The Bartlett and across UCL (see below)
  • Urban Investigations - this module explores cutting-edge research and research techniques in urban design

Feeder modules

You will take 75 credits of optional modules as part of 'Interdisciplinary Urban Design'. Options include the list below. 

View the full list of options.

  • Anthropology of the Built Environment (Anthropology)
  • Digital Infrastructure: Materiality, Information and Politics (Anthropology)
  • Spatial Cultures (Architecture)
  • Architectural Phenomena (Architecture)
  • E-merging Analysis and Design Project (Architecture)
  • E-merging Design Research (Architecture)
  • Space Syntax Methodology and Analytical Design (Architecture)
  • Design as a Knowledge-Based Process (Architecture)
  • Principles of Analytical Design (Architecture)
  • Introduction to Urban Design Theory (Architecture)
  • Social Dimensions for Sustainability (Environmental Design and Engineering)
  • Geographic Information Systems and Science (Geography)
  • Migration and Urban Multicultures (Geography)
  • Detailed Urban Design (Architecture)
  • Smart Cities: Context, Policy & Government (CASA)
  • Urban Stimulation (CASA)
  • Transforming Local Areas and Urban Design for Development (DPU)
  • Participatory Processes: Building for Development (DPU)
  • Critical Debates in Urban Design (Planning)
  • Transport Planning and the City (Planning)

Whilst the MRes offers huge flexibility and choice (see Content), the final choice of feeder modules into the first Inter-disciplinary Urban Design module may be restricted by the UCL timetable, which is not fixed until the summer preceding entry. In addition, some modules have specified prerequisites and others are not available every year. 

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent urban design research project culminating in either a dissertation of 15,000 words or a 10,000-word dissertation and a research-based design proposal.

Teaching and learning

Methods of delivery will vary (because of the flexible nature of the programme) but a typical student might encounter studio teaching, formal lectures, analytical modelling, small-group tutorials and discussion, formal presentations, and site visits. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, and project work.

Placement

The purchase of books many constitute an additional cost, but there is no requirement to purchase any book as part of the programme. Optional modules may incur additional expenses.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Note:
Deadline is 26 April (4pm GMT)
Value:
£10,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on financial need

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
Now closed for 2019/20
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarships

Note:
Deadline is 12 July 2019 (5pm)
Value:
£9,200 towards fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

BSP Centenary Scholarship

Value:
£9,200 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme opens up a range of future opportunities for participants along two primary paths:

  • It provides an opportunity for students seeking to further their professional careers, to specialise in urban design and, within that broad arena, to engage deeply with a particular research agenda of direct relevance to their future professional practice
  • For students seeking a research or academic career, the MRes provides the ideal training for a PhD and eventually an academic or other research position.

Employability

The programme is globally unique and will give students an important employment edge in allowing them to tailor their studies to their own individual circumstances, building on existing strengths or extending their knowledge. It will deliver a research training in urban design whilst also helping to build a unique and first-class portfolio of work in which the student, rather than syllabus, is the driving force.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett brings together literally dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

This MRes is a faculty-wide programme, and students are able to access perhaps the largest global concentration of urban design related researchers and professional expertise.

The programme has a simple and highly flexible structure, designed to allow students to tailor their learning both to their own background, and how they wish to specialise in the future.

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme will be particularly suitable for students from architectural, planning, urban design, landscape, real estate or civil engineering backgrounds, although others might also be considered

Application deadlines

Full-time
26 July 2019
Flexible/Modular
30 August 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Inter-disciplinary Urban Design at graduate level
  • why you want to study Inter-disciplinary Urban Design at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information

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