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Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: dpu@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1111

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£18,500 (FT)

Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Development Planning Unit

Key facts

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Building and Urban Design in Development MSc

This MSc presents a process for design for development in cities within the context of rapid urbanisation and connected urban challenges of climate change, inequality and vulnerabilities. It combines cultural, social, economic, political and spatial analysis in order to present a holistic response to the growing complexities within the design and production of urban form.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme will equip those interested in the development of urban areas with a political economy perspective of space; a comprehension of the needs, abilities, aspirations and forms of resistance of urban dwellers; the ability to respond with strategically co-ordinated proposals for processes and outcomes to leverage local abilities to meet local needs; and to critically engage with the practice of urban design and architecture in developmental processes – particularly in the global south.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together dozens of scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The Development Planning Unit is an international centre concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its programmes are supported by international agencies as well as by national and provincial governments.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Participatory Process: Building for Development
  • The Budd Studio

Optional Modules

  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
    Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Post Disaster Recovery: Policies, Practices and Alternatives
    Critical Urbanism: Studio I
  • Critical Urbanism Studio II
    The City and Its Relations
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Social Policy and Citizenship
  • Social Diversity, Inequality and Poverty
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Management and Planning for Development

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of weekly lectures, seminar presentations, group exercises and workshops. Students are encouraged to explore different tools, techniques, concepts and ideas throughout the programme and test these during the field project. Assessment is through coursework, design work, written examinations and the 10,000 word report.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach attracting architects, designers, planners, and engineers as well as those from other professional backgrounds who are interested in the built environment and seeking to increase their understanding of urban environmental issues in developing countries and to develop practical design skills. The MSc attracts most of its students from overseas, but also from Europe.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Building and Urban Design in Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Building and Urban Design in Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The programme enables graduates to work in NGO's and local government – facilitating community organisations and households to improve their living conditions. Graduate destinations range from UK-based organisations in the public, private and community sectors, to governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, which operate in a development capacity in the South. Recent graduates have also been employed by international NGOs and Aid and Development Agencies. Some graduates return to their home countries and engage in the practice, teaching or research of urban development, urban design and architecture practice; others have successfully sought employment away from their own countries.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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