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Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities - MRes

Course Description

This MRes is a research-oriented programme which offers greater independence of learning and increased specialism to those intending to undertake extensive research (e.g. a PhD) or mid-career professionals who are seeking new direction or wishing to concentrate on a particular field of study within their current place of employment (such as in environmental or urban design consultancy).

Degree information

Alongside initial training by world-leaders in space syntax research, students will be able to specialise in one of several streams: buildings and organisations; urban, suburban, planned and unplanned settlements; spatial modelling and evidence-based architectural and urban design. If desired, students will be able to develop a research project relevant to the research interests of their company or practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four Core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules
-Principles of Analytical Design
-Design as a Knowledge-Based Process
-Communication Skills
-Spatial Cultures

Optional modules - choose one of the following:
-Spatial Justice
-Architectural Phenomena

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials, field work, independent project work and workshops. Assessment is through coursework, written and take-home examinations, projects, dissertation and presentation.


Some graduates of this programme are likely to employ their transferable skills and enter the specialism for the first time, others return to their workplace with fresh focus or they may specialise in the burgeoning spheres of expertise that this research field has developed in recent years.

First destinations of recent graduates of this programme and its sister programme Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities MSc include: CABE, Foster and Partners, Aecom, Arup, Qatar Foundation, Cube Design, Portland Design Associates, Levitt Bernstein, Paul Drew Design, Manu Chugh Architects, Buro Happold, Space Lab and Space Syntax Limited, as well as various academic or research positions at prestigious international universities or research centres.

This programme enhances students' abilities in the fields of evidence-based architectural and urban design, strategic planning and design, urban regeneration, architectural and urban morphology, spatial and network analysis, future and smart cities and transport planning. Graduates can be involved in both professional and academic activities. If for those who go into practice, the programme provides in cutting-edge at evidence-informed and research-based design; graduates who choose an academic path will have the advanced knowledge and skills, which are required for high-level academic jobs. In reality, many graduates will be selected for jobs that bridge the two disciplines.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary built environment faculty, bringing together all aspects of professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from UCL Bartlett's Space Syntax Laboratory, one of the world's leading architectural/urban research groups and from Space Syntax Limited, an architectural and urban design consultancy that applies space syntax theories and methods in practice on internationally renowned projects.

This programme helps transform students careers by enhancing their fundamental knowledge, skills and capabilities of dealing with the built environment, making them highly employable for the institutions and companies that need world-class thinkers, designers, and researchers.

Visit the Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information



Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary - No. of awards TBC

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary is available to enable heritage professionals to study on the Sustainable Heritage MSc. Up to £20,000 (to cover the cost of fees and a stipend) is available for Home applicants (as defined by UCL General Regulations) who have the offer of a place for either full-time or part-time study on this course and who intend to accept or have already firmly accepted an offer.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £20,000


The Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on the information provided in the Graduate Application Form, and on financial need, assessed on the information provided in the application form.

Application Procedure

Application is via a form which can be found on the Institute of Sustainable Heritage website at http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/heritage/programmes/mres-msc/mscdiploma-sustainable-heritage.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant design, engineering or scientific field or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a relevant postgraduate qualification or significant industrial experience.

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