Students complete an MRes in their first year, usually either MRes VEIV (programme code: TMRCOMSVEI01) or MRes AAC (TMRARCSAAC01). To gain an MRes, students must pass all taught modules and successfully submit a first-year dissertation. Each student's progress on the programme undergoes executive review early in year two. Students are strongly advised to discuss programme-specific requirements with the relevant course directors. 

VEIV & AAC also offer MRes as stand-alone programmes (apply here)

MRes VEIV offers a flexible structure with four major components

  1. Three or four optional taught modules selected from any existing UCL MSc programme (=60 credits in total). The full range of courses taken by MRes/EngD students are listed below. Students may choose modules in consultation with their academic supervisor. Towards their 60 taught credits, students also have the option of undertaking one research-led module from the choice of "Evaluating Critical Topics in VEIV" (COMPGR04, =30 credits), and "Exploring Critical Issues in VEIV" (COMPGR03, =15 credits). Importantly, students should seek advice from their supervisors before undertaking these modules. 
  2. A group project (=30 credits).
  3. MRes dissertation, must be sumbitted in Month 11 after commencment of the programme (=60 credits). For guidance, a progression schedule is availalable.
  4. Two transferable skills modules in (i) research skills and/or (ii) management and enterprise skills (two modules =30 credits). These may be selected from choices of: 

At month 23, students must be examined on a submitted report plus a viva voce examination. Progression schedule
In years 2-4 EngD candidates may also take electives in innovation and management from a range of options:

For guidance, masters modules undertaken by MRes/EngD students to date are listed below. Note that some courses commence during Induction Week (as annotated).

Computer Science (MSc CGVI & MSc CS)

  • Introductory Programming - commences during Induction Week
  • Virtual Environments
  • Image Processing
  • Graphical Modelling and Visualisation
  • Advanced Rendering and Animation
  • Mathematical Methods, Implementations and Algorithmics
  • Machine Vision
  • Programing
  • Design
  • Systems Infrastructure
  • Database Systems
  • n-Dimensional Signal Processing
  • Pattern Recognition and Machine Vision
  • Programming and Management Issues
  • Systems Requirements Engineering
  • Evotutionary Systems
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Advance Analysis and Design
  • Validation and Verification
  • Tools and Environments
  • Mobile and Adaptive Systems
  • Information Theory
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • Unsupervised Learning

Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (MRes AAC)

  • Applied Architectural Research      
  • Computational Analysis    
  • Computational Synthesis
  • Introduction to Programming - commences during Induction Week
  • Morphogenetic Programming
  • Embodied and Embedded Technologies (replaced 2010-2011)
  • Digital Studio
  • Digital Ecology (replaced 2010-2011)
  • Introduction to Programming for Architecture and Design (new 2010-2011)
  • Embodied and Embedded Technologies: Body as Interface (new 2010-2011)
  • Embodied and Embedded Technologies: City as Interface (new 2010-2011)
  • Digital Ecologies (new 2010-2011)
  • Parametric Modelling and Digital Fabication Workshop

Other UCL departments

  • Medical Scientific Computing
  • Engineering Metrology
  • Efficient Building Services Systems
  • Natural & Mechanical Ventilation in Buildings

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Each student's progress is assessed at various stages of the programme against a sequence of milestones.

Milestone 1 Successful completion of taught modules (including professional and research skills). Expected to be reached through the completion of requisite taught modules. 

Milestone 2 Successful completion of the Group Project. This begins during the first term, followed by periodic presentations; assessment is by group report and group presenation (weighted 30/70 respectively). Sumbission is expected afyer the Easter Holidays. Iindividuals are awarded the group mark, regardless of their actual contribution (unless a special case is requested).

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Group Project

Early in the first term REs commence Group Project (COMPR002B). Students have found this a challenging but ultimately rewarding part of the programme. Each group comprises 3-6 students from a variety of background (ie not all from the same department), who work under a UCL academic supervisor. The aim of the project will be to give students experience of undertaking and completing a substantial piece of work, applying techniques learned throughout the programme, including the personal and professional skills and the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.

Examples of previous years' projects.

Groups project topics are selected by students.The students will be expected to work in a team to develop the project, plan and coordinate development activities, make realistic work commitments, and present the work done effectively to a deadline. Each group project will entail a novel piece of application or environment construction, with an emphasis on a thorough design followed by implementation and evaluation. Projects will be chosen from proposals made by members of UCL academic staff. Group projects will be assessed on two criteria: a group report (including group management and planning) and a group demonstration and presentation.

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Modular EngD

Students must achieve 195 taught course credits in years 1-3. Students are strongly advised to discuss programme-specific requirements with the relevant course directors. Taught components a based on the MRes VEIV structure.

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Project training modules

Students undertaking the programme via either the MRes+EngD or Modular EngD may gain taught credits by taking one of a choice of two project training modules (below). These modules are similar in structure yet require differing levels of work committed.

  • Exploring Critical Issues in VEIV (COMPGR03; 15 credits)
    Students undertake a literature review and one related practical project.
    The themes and topics of study are chosen in consultation with the student's MRes/EngD supervisor. Materials and findings are sumbitted via a 10,000-word report. Reports should also include an critical reflection on the student's development and transfer of knowledge.
  • Evaluating Critical Topics in VEIV (COMPGR04; 30 credits)
    Students undertake a literature review and several related practical projects. The themes and topics of study are chosen in consultation with the student's MRes/EngD supervisor. Materials and findings are sumbitted via a 25,000-word report. Reports should also include an critical reflection on the student's development, transfer of knowledge and further training requirements.


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