UCL Urban Laboratory


MASc Global Urbanism: Ruth Glass Scholarship

UCL Urban Laboratory invites applications from UK home students for the newly launched Ruth Glass Scholarship.

Portrait of Ruth Glass and cover of London: Aspects of Change
The scholarship is for UK home students applying to the MASc Global Urbanism degree programme at UCL East. It covers tuition fees for one year full-time study and a 52-week living stipend.

The scholarship acknowledges the huge contribution made by sociologist Ruth Glass to the development of cross-disciplinary urban scholarship in the UK; specifically at UCL, with the establishment of the Centre for Urban Studies in 1958. Her formative work, London: Aspects of Change (1964), brought together 10 chapters by sociologists, geographers, planners, historians and health scientists to build a brilliant and critical portrait of a city that was undergoing rapid change. It covered issues including high-density housing, immigration and racial discrimination, metropolitan governance, land values, transport access, and not least gentrification – a term which Glass coined. These continue to play a major role in transdisciplinary debates and discussions about London's ongoing transformations and its future aspirations. They have been core to UCL Urban Lab’s research and teaching agenda since its establishment in 2005.

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The new MASc Global Urbanism brings forward this agenda to a new generation of urbanists and urban practitioners. This programme provides an innovative and dynamic framework for critical and engaged learning and research on 21st century cities and urban processes.

We are keen to recruit students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. We will prioritise prospective students who would not otherwise be able to cover the cost of full-time study for this scholarship.

To be eligible for the UCL Urban Laboratory Ruth Glass Scholarship, you will need to: 

  • Not have already completed a postgraduate degree.  
  • Have applied to the MASc Global Urbanism programme by 30 April 2023 
  • Be eligible for UK home fee status (see parliamentary guidance on who is eligible for home fee status
  • Apply for the scholarship by 23:59 BST 14 May 2023

Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place in June, with an outcome announced by July 2023.

Apply for the scholarship

Applications for the Ruth Glass Scholarship can be made via the online form below. You will not be able to revist your application, so we suggest drafting your answers seperately and entering them when you are ready to submit. 


About the MASc Global Urbanism

This MASc Global Urbanism is aimed at those passionate about cities and urban life, and the challenges and potentials of cities now and in the future as they face issues such as public health, the climate emergency, access to housing, social inequalities, economic demands, and differences in quality of life. This degree will provide you with practical skills, theoretical tools, and in-depth engagement with identified contexts in London, Johannesburg and other case study cities. This includes a two-week immersive residential module in Johannesburg, in partnership with University of the Witwatersrand.

Apply on the UCL Graduate Prospectus