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Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9004/9018

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£18,500 (FT)

Details of faculty scholarships can be found on the UCL Bartlett website

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

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Key facts

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75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Housing Development MSc

This new MSc is unique in the UK in offering an interdisciplinary perspective on housing development and design, and critical insights into planning and delivery using live case studies. Contributions drawn from across the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment enable students to develop their own focus on housing from the vantage point of planning, design or project management.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop appropriate design, analytical and presentational skills, and work on practical cases that test their capacity for creative thinking and problem solving.

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 scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

The strong research focus across the Bartlett, and links to professional practice, feed into this programme, ensuring engagement with live issues and – as the programme moves forward – a continual refreshing of the subject material.

Students also have the opportunity to spend a period of the programme at a partner institution elsewhere in Europe, North America or Australia.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible up to 5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

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

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, at least full-time three months, depending on modules taken) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Planning for Housing: Process
  • Planning for Housing: Project
  • Sustainable Housing Design: Principles
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Economics and Finance for Housing Projects
  • Management of Housing Projects


  • Spatial Planning (for professional accreditation)
  • Critical Debates in Planning (for professional accreditation)
  • Or any other open MSc module in the Bartlett School of Planning,
  • the Bartlett School of Graduate Study, and Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects and problem-based learning. Assessment is through a mix of essays, group projects, problem-sheets, individual projects, classroom tasks and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications (e.g. RTPI) or can demonstrate substantial work experience in the field of housing development, planning for housing, or housing design.

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

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?

This programme will appeal to students wishing to train as planners or develop perspectives on residential development from construction management angles, and is likely to attract students from around the world. It will also enable students wishing to enter UK practice an opportunity to do so.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Housing Development
  • why you want to study Housing Development at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
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.


This programme will equip students with the skills needed to enter careers in planning or project management in the public or third sector.

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

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