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Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,750 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,000 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

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

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Planning

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. 

Transport and City Planning MSc

This new MSc brings a cross-disciplinary focus to transport and urban planning which is unique, aiming to foster “smart solutions” to the current critical challenges of transitioning to sustainable travel behaviours and sustainable cities, in the UK and internationally.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will directly link theory and practice and work toward the realisation of plans for transport that will effectively work in the real world. Their ideas will be tested in projects in London and internationally that are developed by transport planning, urban planning and development practitioners.

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.

There is a strong focus on transport and city planning in research activities at the UCL Bartlett. Current activities include: VIBAT (Visioning and Backcasting for Transport), SINTROPHER (innovative public transport options in peripheral regions), SYNAPTIC (the seamless travel journey), the OMEGA centre (the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects) and we work with various project sponsors such as Transport for London, the Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, etc..

Accreditation is sought from the Royal Town Planning Institute as a ‘specialist’ fourth year. Candidates would also be eligible to apply for the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification and to become members of the Institution of Highways (IHT) and Transport Planning Society (TPS).

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, full-time three months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Transport Planning and the City
  • Transport Planning in Emerging Countries
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Key Themes
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Project
  • Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
  • Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments

Options

  • Choose two from a list which may include the following:
  • Transport Economics
  • Understanding and Modelling Travel Behaviour
  • Transport Demand and its Modelling
  • Urban Street Planning and Design
  • Public Transport
  • International Planning
  • Sustainable Property – Valuation, Investment and Development
  • Planning Practices in Europe
  • Urban Problems and Problematics
  • Spatial Planning
  • Preparing Regeneration Projects
  • Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
  • Sustainability Visions
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision Making
  • GI Systems and Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in transport and city planning of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project work, and site visits. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group/individual projects and presentation, and a 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. Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – or work experience in the field of transport planning or urban planning.

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. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is likely to appeal to candidates wishing to work across disciplines and at the strategic levels; to transport planning or engineering graduates; urban planning or geography graduates. It is suited to graduates wishing to enter either the transport planning or urban planning professions, in the UK and international, and in the public and private sectors or civil society.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Transport and City Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport and City Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

Career

This programme will equip students with the skills needed to work effectively as transport and planning practitioners in urban contexts in the public or third sector (e.g. in consultancy, central government, Transport for London (TfL), Greater London Authority (GLA), metropolitan authorities, local authorities, international investment banks, quangos and lobby groups).

The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no career destinations are currently available.

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


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