UCL Urban Laboratory



UCL has excellent arrangements for interdisciplinary supervision for PhD and postdoctoral study across a wide diversity of urban topics. If you are interested in applying to study for an urban-related PhD at UCL, please contact the relevant department directly.
Audience member at the Unmoored Cities symposium

Affiliate to the Urban Laboratory

Existing MPhil/PhD students at UCL are invited to affiliate and join our network. You must log in with your UCL account to access the form

Architectural Design MPhil/PhD

This programme allows designers who are especially able and reflective to undertake research in keeping with the Bartlett School of Architecture's speculative and experimental ethos.

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Architectural History and Theory MPhil/PhD

The Bartlett School of Architecture's MPhil/PhD Architectural History & Theory programme allows students to conduct an exhaustive piece of research into an area of their own selection and definition.

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Advanced Spatial Analysis MPhil/PhD

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis accepts students who wish to follow a PhD in the areas that CASA is expert in, which is generally the application of computers and simulation methods to urban and regional problems and the built environment.

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Environmental Design and Engineering MPhil/PhD

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) offers research degrees across a full range of built environment disciplines including: Energy and Buildings, Building Stock Modelling, Healthy Buildings, Systems Thinking, Policy Resistance, Environmental Policy, Environmental Performance, and Light and Lighting. 

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Development Planning MPhil/PhD

PhD research areas at the Development Planning Unit embrace issues of direct and current relevance to development processes in a range of countries around the world. 

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Energy MPhil/PhD

At the UCL Energy Institute, students work alongside experienced researchers in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. The best students are hand picked for first-class training and prepared to hit the ground running as the energy pioneers of tomorrow.

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Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in The Bartlett

UCL Engineering Doctorate Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation (EngD VEIV) studies natural, artificial and social phenomena using computational modelling and simulation in support of decision-making processes in built environment. It is based in IEDE.

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Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

The centre, based in the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) within the Faculty of Engineering, provides funding opportunities for industry to carry out sustainability and resilience research with UCL. The centre offers students the chance to study for their doctorates, designed in collaboration with industry.

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Geography MPhil/PhD

The UCL Department of Geography invites applications from suitably qualified students for PhD opportunities. Contact the appropriate member of staff directly to propose a research topic or to request further details of a specific project.

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Planning Studies MPhil/PhD

The MPhil/PhD in Planning Studies is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to make a career in planning or in related fields (such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning, urban design), in teaching or research. 

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