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Mrs Naomi Jones

Email: n.jones@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8600

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,500 (FT)

The programme lends itself to sponsorship from employers in public and private and organisations active in planning and property development.

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

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Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc

The MSc programme in Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery investigates the fundamental question of 'what constitutes a successful mega infrastructure project, programme and/or plan' in light of the many and fast changing expectations that different stakeholders have of such investments, not least in seeking to contribute to sustainable development.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MSc provides a critical review of mega infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how 'fit for purpose' these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on generic lessons and principles that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Prepared by the OMEGA Centre and its teaching and research team at the Bartlett School of Planning, this programme is delivered in association with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering together with internationally renowned academics and practioners in the field of mega infrastructure development.

The programme is inter-disciplinary and international, drawing from experiences both in the developed and developing world. It seeks to provide students with insights, knowledge and skills that will assist them to plan, appraise and deliver future mega infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.

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Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and a field trip (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and part-time 2-5 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
  • Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making
  • Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments
  • Twenty-first Century Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
  • Sustainability Visions and Challenges for Mega Infrastructure Investments
  • Group Project


  • Bartlett School of Planning
  • Development Planning Unit
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, a field trip, individual and group project work, and skills-based practical project work, with direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, exams and project work.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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

A high level of competence in both spoken and written English is also required. 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 suitable for graduates from civil engineering, planning, policy studies, project management, estate management, architecture, pertinent social sciences and other relevant fields. It provides enhanced capacity building opportunities for those currently working in mega infrastructure development and offers an invaluable grounded qualification for new entrants into the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery at graduate level
  • why you want to study Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery 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.


Graduate students from the Bartlett have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment nationally and internationally. At present there is a growing demand for our Masters' graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. The sources of employment in the field of mega infrastructure development are diverse; they lie particularly in central and regional government; specialist and multi-disciplinary consultancy firms; international development organisations and banks; public and private utility companies; research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban and region planning, urban regeneration and environmental planning.

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