Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7501
Fees and funding
Bursaries may be available from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Students must apply directly to the Planning School and should approach the Programme Director or Admissions Tutor in the first instance.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)
The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
International Planning MSc
This MSc has a strong international and comparative focus, and includes an international field trip and the possibility to study abroad in one of our partner universities. The scope of the programme primarily encompasses Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa and the Far East, and increasingly China and South-East Asia.
What will I learn?
Students develop an appreciation of planning approaches and systems, alongside an understanding of planning as a culturally specific, context dependent activity taking different forms in different countries and regions. The programme raises awareness of the impacts of globalisation through the international circulation and transfer of 'good practices' in planning policies.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for nearly 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.
This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 2-5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one specialism with two modules (30 credits), a research dissertation (60 credits), and a field trip (not credit bearing).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MSc 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 individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, field trips and direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination, and skills-based practical work.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard overseas qualification. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience in planning or a related field when deciding whether to admit a candidate. 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. Overseas students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competence in English. A minimum overall score of 6.5 for IELTS or 580 in TOEFL is required.
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 places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is intended for students who want an international perspective on planning systems and cultures or are likely to develop careers outside the UK after graduation, in planning or related fields such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning, and urban design.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study International Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study International Planning 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
Graduate students from the UCL Bartlett have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers.
First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- Transport for London: Assistant Programme Manager
- Dagenham Council: Principle Regeneration Officer
- PRP Architects: Urban Designer
- Nathaniel Litchfield and Partners: Planner
- Knight Frank: Planner
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: