Architecture (Reading the Neoliberal City) MRes

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  • MRes Architecture (Reading the Neoliberal City), home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 8580 per year
  • MRes Architecture (Reading the Neoliberal City), home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1430 per 30 credit module
  • MRes Architecture (Reading the Neoliberal City), international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15540 per year

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

Any practitioner contemplating a part-time or full-time career in teaching would benefit from this course.

Existing academic staff on fractional contracts within built environment programmes will also benefit from a sound academic writing qualification that is valued by universities.

This course is designed to allow you to enhance your current thinking, writing and communication skills to a level suitable to commence doctoral study for a PhD.

The precision this requires is an asset in the professional marketplace, and by focusing on the themes of urban regeneration and the political mechanisms of the city, the course delivers invaluable insights into urban practice.

Through active participation in the course, you will acquire critical insights and practical experiences of urban regeneration in its widest sense.

As part of UEL's Place Production Research Group, we aim to be Britain's leading centre for critical thinking about cities. Our programme of research for the coming academic year includes a one-day conference on the housing crisis, co-hosted with Birkbeck and the academic journal City. 

Our partners also include Guardian Cities, the Cities website of The Guardian newspaper and The Chisenhale Gallery in Mile End, East London.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The MRes in Architecture course is aimed at a range of professionals and students from around the world who are engaged in the built environment - from architects and planners to developers and activists. 

It is geared towards working professionals but is also a means for practitioners seeking new employment pathways, or re-entry to the job market, to improve their skills base in critical thinking and writing, both of which are crucial to successful practice.

The compact attendance commitment and the flexibility of tutorial engagement within the Production of Place module are especially suitable for working professionals, providing a blended, part-time learning experience.

The course offers you a critical perspective on the development of cities, challenging conventional orthodoxies about growth in cities and critiquing familiar concepts such as 'regeneration' and 'sustainability'.

Your studies will focus on London's Docklands from the 1980s to the developments associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

By contrasting the roll-out of neo-liberal policies with their impact on social justice, it will offer lessons for cities around the UK and internationally.

How you'll learn

The course will help you develop your critical writing and thinking skills. It will also focus your architectural practice on an urban scale, increase your understanding of contemporary regeneration issues in a European context and empower you to overcome cultural barriers such as glass ceilings for women in practice.

The teaching team comprises independent but like-minded professionals and academics, each of whom brings a critical perspective to urban discourse based on academic research, social policy development and the practice of architecture and urban regeneration.

The module leader is Anna Minton, author of Ground Control. The supervisors are Tony Fretton, Emeritus Professor at TU Delft and director of Tony Fretton Architects; Katherine Clarke, director at muf architecture/art; and Maria Alessandra Segantini, director of C+S Architects. 

The course will help you develop your own ideas on the critical operation of cities and their development and regeneration - both individually and as part of research teams. 

Supported by focused research skills teaching, you will define, organise and execute original urban research. The European Workshop, in particular, gives you the chance to gain experience working on live urban projects with influential collaborators from practice, communities and administrations, and other stakeholders in the project.

On-going assignments and outputs allow for critical and stimulating feedback and learning opportunities to provide the substance of your final thesis.  

The use of visual media, including film and photography, is an important component, encouraging you to engage directly with place. You will also participate in a filmmaking workshop and complete a photographic essay.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed through a mixture of taught modules and a thesis, which make up 180 academic credits for a master's degree. A part-time version of the course is available, which can be completed over two years.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.