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Course content

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.

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.

About this degree

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 elective modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Core modules

Students must undertake CEGEG104 (below) plus one other 15-credit research skills module from an approved list.

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (CEGEG104)

Elective modules

Students choose elective modules (30 credits) from across UCL.

Dissertation/report

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.

Careers

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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • EngD in Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL
  • MPhil in Urban Sustainability and Resilience, UCL
  • Data Analyst, Acciona and studying MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering, UCL
  • Senior Consultant, Buro Happold and studying PhD in Urban Sustainablity and Resilience, UCL

Employability

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 dynamic research environment 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.


Visit the Urban Sustainability and Resilience (MRes) page on the University College London website for more details!

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