Master of Research (MRes)

Urban Sustainability and Resilience

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The aim of the MRes in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is to equip students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds with the research skills, knowledge and understanding required to tackle current and future challenges faced by cities globally, including increasing the resilience of our urban systems, and the infrastructure that supports them, to shocks arising from natural, economic and technological disasters. Students will gain an understanding of new methodologies, technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment.  Graduates may choose to enter employment as researchers within engineering, planning or consultancy firms and/or decide to undertake further study at PhD/EngD level.

The programme comprises a substantial research project and four taught modules.  Students will learn about the research process and research methodologies, and gain an understanding of sustainability and resilience from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition, students can specialise by selecting modules from across a wide range of different topics and disciplines.  As members of the Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience, students will join a community of innovative researchers tackling topics across this dynamic field and will benefit from the networking opportunities of this multidisciplinary environment.  

The MRes can be studied full-time part-time or on a flexible basis, making it a good option for those who want to continue to work while gaining a qualification and/or continuing their professional development.

Mode of study

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Flexible: 2 to 5 years

Taught and Research Components
2 x Technical Modules - 30 credits
2 x Research Skills Modules* - 30 credits
MRes Research Project (CEGEG0047 ) - 120 credits

*All students take the following compulsory 15 credit core research skills modules

CEGE0050 Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (compulsory)

In addition, students select one other 15 credit research skills module from the following:

CEGE0044      Data Analysis
CEGE0042 Spatial-Temporal Data Analysis and Data Mining (STDM)
HPSC0122 Science Journalism
SECU0041      Qualitative Research Methods
CEGE0096      Geospatial Programming
CEGE0097      Spatial Analysis and GeoComputation
EDUCGE02    Researcher Professional Development
CEGE0058     Advanced Research Writing

The research project (CEGEG0047) assessment should form an integrated whole and present a coherent argument.  Students will be required to:

  • Submit a report to be marked by the principal supervisor and a second marker
  • Produce a presentation to be delivered and assessed in September

How to Apply
Apply online

Application guidelines

Scholarships, funding and fees

For more information, please direct your query to usar-pgr-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Please join us for our virtual open day on 2 April from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm to find out more about the programme. Register now to receive a link to join us on the day.