The aim of the MRes in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is to equip students from a variety of 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 learn about the research process and research methodologies, and gain an understanding of policies, processes, technologies and materials available to shape the future of the urban environment. 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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).
Core modules - students must undertake CEGEG104 plus one other 15 credit research skills module from an approved list.
-Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (CEGEG104)
Optional modules - students choose elective modules (30 credits) from across UCL.
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 (120 credits).
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops and projects. Assessment is through examinations, project reports, coursework and project presentations.
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.
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Engineer, Linstram Technologies and studying PhD Urban Sustainability and Resilience, University College London
-EngD Urban Sustainability and Research, University College London
-PhD Engineering, University College London
-Lecturer in Development, University College London
(UCL) and studying PhD Engineering, University College London
-Senior Consultant, Buro Happold and studying PhD Urban SUstainablity and Resilience, University College London
Our focus throughout the programme of finding practical solutions to global urban challenges gives our alumni strong problem-solving skills, providing them with a distinct advantage as they enter their professional lives. The centre has well-established partnerships with global engineering companies such as Arup and Atkins, and strong links with NGOs and government agencies such as Habitat for Humanity and London Underground. Through these links, and the knowledge and experience our students gain of working across disciplines, we ensure that our students are able to engage with academics and industry, and experts and non-experts alike on key urban sustainability and resilience issues.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR) is based within UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) - a revolutionary department within UCL, distinguished by its radical thinking and interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching.
Students work in a dedicated research centre that provides a critical mass of problem solvers and intellectual resources and offers excellent networking opportunities. USAR is an energetic and exciting environment which draws on staff from across the university.
The programme combines innovative, transformative investigation with practical application to respond to the challenge of making the world a better place.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the chosen field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subjects include engineering, architecture, town planning, science or other quantitative degree.