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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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Development Planning Unit

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Environment and Sustainable Development MSc

This MSc examines conventional approaches in development planning, and the environmental conflicts generated by them, with specific reference to developing countries. It contrasts these approaches with the need for environmental sustainability and social justice and examines attempts to incorporate awareness of these goals into development policy making, planning and management.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students examine the complexity and variety of environmental problems in urban regions, their causes and impacts, and the potentials and limitations of environmental planning and management. They learn how to respond to processes that generate social and environmental change, and to develop strategies to steer urban environmental planning towards sustainability.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Development Planning Unit at UCL 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.

This programme offers an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of socio-environmental change, equipping students with the necessary skills and abilities to promote environmental justice in the context of the Global South.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Core Modules

  • The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Services in Development
  • Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Policy
  • Environment and Sustainable Development in Practice

Options

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
  • The City and Its Relations
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction: From Theory to Practice
  • Managing the City Economy

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 consists of reading, essay writing, critical discussion and project work, directed by lectures, seminars, workshops, structured visits and discussions with practitioners covering theoretical and practical questions and case study analysis. Assessment is through course work, examinations, and a dissertation report.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper 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 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 strongly interdisciplinary, attracting participants from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropologists, economists, geographers and natural scientists, as well as planners, architects and engineers. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma attracts most of its students from overseas but also from European countries.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Environment and Sustainable Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • what do you think you will bring to the course
  • 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

Most graduates of this programme are engaged in professional activities, ranging from local and national government, consultancy firms and national and international NGOs, to United Nations programmes and international aid agencies the world over.

Examples of organisations where graduates are employed include:

  • Public Sector: DEFRA and DfID (UK), Ministerio das Cidades (Brazil) and many other local government organisations
  • International Agencies and NGOs: UNEP, UNDP, UN-Habitat, JICA, GIZ (former GTZ), InsightShare, Save the Children, and WWF
  • Think-tanks, academic and research organisations: IIEED, Stockholm Environment Institute, Resources for Development Center, WaterWise and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
  • Private companies: HappoldConsulting, EcoSecurities, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Dialogue by Design, and BioRegionalQuintain

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