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Ms Angela Fattibene

Email: a.fattibene@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7497

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£18,500 (FT)

The MSc Urban Regeneration offers a Land Securities scholarship. The scholarship (worth £5,000) is open to UK/EU nationals who hold an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) to study full-time.

Eligible candidates are selected by the UCL Bartlett School of Planning on the basis of academic merit.

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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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Urban Regeneration MSc

The Urban Regeneration MSc equips graduates with the qualities necessary to engage with the challenges of urban regeneration: the ability to understand and critically analyse complex urban issues; the boldness to address those issues in a creative, strategic manner; and the confidence to propose appropriate and realistic implementation plans.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an in-depth, coherent understanding of the issues involved in regenerating urban areas and gain a real case-based, multi-disciplinary experience of managing urban regeneration. The programme provides a platform for informed reflection on current urban regeneration practice and equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for creative thinking and problem-solving.

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 almost 100 years. It is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with a strong international reputation.

The members of staff and the practitioners contributing to the programme are actively engaged in top quality research and advisory work on urban regeneration. This includes work for international organisations, the British Government, UK Research Councils, local authorities, regional bodies, professional organisations, voluntary sector organisations and charities.

Students graduating from the Urban Regeneration MSc are eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The programme is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a ‘stand alone’ one-year programme or, alternatively, if taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year undergraduate planning degree ('3+1' route).

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) also welcomes applications from graduates of the MSc. Applicants are subject to the standard IED requirements for membership.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

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), optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

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

Core Modules

  • Urban Problems and Problematics
  • Development Projects
  • Case Studies in Preparing Regeneration Projects
  • Case Studies in Implementing Regeneration Projects
  • Critical Debates in Urban Regeneration
  • Urban Design: Place Making
  • Support course: Planning Research (not credit bearing)


  • Options may include the following:
  • Spatial Planning
  • International Planning
  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Cities and the Environment
  • The Representation of Cities


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 individual and group project work, lectures, tutorials, seminars and international workshops. Students participate in a field trip to mainland Europe and several site visits in the UK. Assessment is through unseen written examination, essays, individual and group projects, presentations, reports, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree (with Honours) from a UK university or an equivalent standard overseas qualification. Significant importance is attached to how applicants can combine evidence in order to paint an accurate picture of themselves in relation to their intended programme of study. A good academic qualification, relevant professional experience, references, etc. could be relevant in that respect. (Note: These entry requirements are indicative and should be treated as tentative guidance only. UCL is currently rolling out changes in its postgraduate admissions policy which may affect the process and the criteria for admission.)

Overseas students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competency 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. You are advised to apply as early as possible, especially if you require a student visa. If you are applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants), you should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme draws students from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Previous students include graduates from urban planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, civil engineering, film studies, history, management and architecture as well as professionals from the design and property professions or with administrative, business and community experience.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Urban Regeneration at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Regeneration 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.


Graduates who were not already employed have been very successful in finding jobs in a wide variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and around the world, especially in local regeneration agencies ranging from regional development agencies and local authorities to specific regeneration programmes; and private regeneration consultancies and voluntary and community sector organisations. Some have continued with further research for a PhD degree.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Design for Homes: Director
  • Regeneris Consulting: Research Consultant
  • Southern Housing Group: Community Regeneration Officer
  • Mott McDonald: Graduate Planner
  • Medway Council: Housing Strategy and Enabling Officer
  • Colombian Green Building Council: Technical Director
  • Greek Electricity Board: Factory Designer
  • The Glass House: Senior Project Manager
  • Foster & Partners: Urban Strategist

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

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