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The aim of this programme is to equip students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds with the research skills, knowledge and understanding required to tackle current and future real-world 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 hazards.

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 future urban environments. Students can specialise by selecting modules from across a wide range of different topics and disciplines.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one compulsory taught module (15 credits), one optional research skills module selected from an approved list (15 credits), two elective modules (30 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Compulsory modules

Students must undertake CEGE0050 (below) and complete a research project (CEGE0047).

  • Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience (CEGE0050)
  • MRes Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Research Project (CEGE0047)

Optional modules (indicative list):

Students choose one optional module (15 credits) from an approved list of research skills modules.

  • 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

Dissertation/research project

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.

Additional costs

The costs associated with course materials such as books will vary depending upon which modules you select. Some modules may also charge for field trips. You may need to cover the costs of thesis binding and there may be additional costs specific to your project.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

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, 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. 

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for graduates with a passion for urban sustainability and resilience issues and an interest in research (either academic or in industry) and in working across disciplines. The MRes is available on a full-time, part-time or flexible basis, making it an excellent option for those who want to further their professional development without taking a career break.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

Please include a brief research proposal (0.5 pages) outlining the topic that you would like to investigate (research question, methodology, case study, references).

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Sustainability and Resilience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • why you want to learn about the research process and to learn through research
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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

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