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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£12,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Part-time students are charged pro-rata to the number of credits taken in any one year based on the full-time fees applicable in that year.

Typically a student completing in the minimum two-year period will pay one-third of the full-time fees applicable in the first year (four 15-credit modules) and two-thirds of the full-time fees applicable in the second year (four 15-credit modules plus the 60-credit dissertation).

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

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Infrastructure Investment and Finance MSc

There is growing demand for infrastructure investment globally as traditional sources of public funding and finance can no longer be presumed to provide the required levels of capital. This innovative MSc will consider the perspectives of procuring infrastructure as well as providing the private finance to deliver the required investments to close the infrastructure gap.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

With a strong commercial focus, this programme provides students with a well-balanced mix of economic and financial theory and industry practice, including:

  • the varying perspectives of project sponsors, lenders, investors and contractors
  • the impact of government policy, funding and private capital markets
  • the role of regulation in incentivising private investment
  • the history and future of infrastructure investment.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Many governments including the UK, US, the EU, China and India are increasing their focus on improving infrastructure. The required capital for investment is estimated to be in the trillions of US dollars. This pioneering MSc is the only programme in the UK, and one of few globally, to focus on the finance, funding and commercial issues associated with these vast sums of investment.

The School of Construction & Project Management is placed within the renowned UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. We have both specialist expertise and an excellent range of industry and government bodies, which will enable us to provide a valuable network to students seeking careers in the exciting area of infrastructure financing.

UCL is exploring accreditation of the MSc with professional institutions such as the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

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

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years or flexible three to five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Financing Infrastructure: Fundamentals and Innovations
  • Infrastructure using a Special Purpose Vehicle
  • Risk Modelling in Infrastructure Projects
  • Infrastructure as an Asset Class
  • Agency and Transaction Costs in Infrastructure Projects
  • Policy and Macro-Economic Risk in Infrastructure Investment
  • Demand Forecasts and Business Cases for Infrastructure Projects
  • The Management of Large Projects and Programmes


  • There are no optional modules for this programme


All students undertake a substantial research-based dissertation on a research question of their own choosing.

Teaching and Learning

The MSc programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, group tutorials/workshops, project briefings, and individual supervision for the research-based dissertation element. Assessment is through examinations, 3,000-word written term papers and 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (including engineering, mathematics or a numerate science area, built environment, economics and finance), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In exceptional cases, a lesser academic qualification combined with substantial professional experience and demonstrable academic ability will allow acceptance onto the programme.

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 an 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 a limited number of places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for early to mid-career professionals seeking to specialise in infrastructure investment, economics and finance, procurement and regulatory functions. Students of engineering wishing to adapt their career options are sought, as are graduate students of economics and finance or other numerate subject areas.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what is it about Infrastructure Investment and Finance that attracts you to this specialism
  • how your professional and academic background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • why you want to study Infrastructure Investment and Finance at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme.
When completing your application you should consider that 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 MSc will equip graduates with the potential to become future innovators, leaders, senior managers, policy makers, researchers and teachers in the fields of finance, infrastructure ownership and project management industries. Organisations that are likely to take on graduates of this MSc include infrastructure investors such as banks and equity funds, infrastructure operators, public sector commissioning functions, as well as advisory firms active in the growing infrastructure market.

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