University of East London

Course Introduction

This multi-disciplinary course analyses the impact of capitalist neoliberalism on development. It examines neoliberal policies over the last 30 years and their effects on urban layout, property markets, architectural form and social justice. Although sited within the architecture department we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Topics for study include the housing crisis and the privatisation of cities, investigating the financialisation of the urban environment, polarisation and the consequences for citizens in terms of trust and fear. Architecture at UEL is based in our Docklands campus, in a pioneer area for neoliberal development and a key study site for the course. But while London is the focus, the global impact of these processes, which are relevant across the world, provides the context. Our approach to teaching and research is symbiotic, with teaching feeding into research and vice versa, which is reflected by the success of the MRes in offering a route towards phd study.

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 is 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?. This course is designed to gives the opportunity to enhance your current thinking, writing and communication skills to a level suitable to commence doctoral study for a PhD.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,260 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £7,260 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £12,840 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Masters in Research (MRes) Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum 2:2 Honours and Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have a overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent)
  • IELTS score: 6.5