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Urban Sustainability and Resilience EngD

Urban Sustainability and Resilience EngD

Key information

Qualification type

EngD - Doctor of Engineering

Subject areas

Urban Studies Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides students with the opportunity to tackle a challenging research problem identified by industry as critical to improving our urban environment and our well-being. The programme includes a taught element which focuses on technologies and methodologies that will both increase the resilience and support the sustainability of our urban systems and infrastructure. Our multidisciplinary department has a long tradition of excellence and innovation in teaching and research. We hold the largest EPSRC research portfolio in civil engineering and our diverse range of programmes covering all major areas of civil, environmental and geomatic engineering are accredited by professional engineering bodies (ICE, CIWEM, IHO, RICS). Students benefit from our extensive links to world-leading industry in London and directly engage with research to tackle global challenges. Our graduates go on to make the world a better place as researchers, industrial engineers, planners, and policymakers. The EngD programme has two key themes: sustainability and resilience. We focus on reducing the impact of our cities on ecological systems (air, water, food chains) whilst improving the quality of daily lives and coping with the problems of population growth and changing demographics, such as an ageing society.

We are concerned with engineering systems and developing technologies that will increase the resilience of our urban systems (education, health, transport, water, financial, governance) and the infrastructure that supports them (roads, communications networks, buildings) to shocks arising from natural, economic and technological hazards. At the end of the programme students submit an EngD thesis, examined by viva voce, based on their research project. Both the MRes and EngD research projects may be on a topic of the student's choosing, in agreement with their supervisors, on any subject relevant to the field of urban sustainability or resilience. The EngD thesis is a maximum of 100,000 words in length. An attractive qualification to further your career, the EngD will prepare you with commercial awareness and a holistic understanding of the industrial landscape. With these skills and knowledge, our graduates are equipped with the skills to enter the job market at a senior level within a research and development group. As an EngD Research Engineer, you will bridge the gap between the academic and commercial world.

Different course options

Full time | UCL (University College London) | 4 years | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need 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, but are not limited to, engineering, science, social sciences, architecture, town planning, economics and geography.