Ms Fiona Mannion
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Fees and funding
ESRC funding exists for students taking the MSc as a prelude to a three-year PhD. UK students maybe apply to the Thomas Wall Trust.
Overseas students: Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan, Ford Foundation International Fellowships, Marshall Scholarships and Fulbright Traditional Postgraduate Student Awards.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
65% 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 Studies MSc
Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. According to the United Nations three-quarters of the global population will live in cities by 2050. This MSc develops innovative, comparative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis and research that can address the scale and complexity of contemporary urbanism.
What will I learn?
Students develop an advanced understanding of urban theory, and explore the main urban developments shaping the contemporary world. The programme focuses on the interface between theory and practice across a diverse range of topics from historic patterns of urban change to large-scale challenges such as slums, poverty and access to basic services, and current developments in urban design and the visual arts.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Urban Laboratory is the result of a unique collaboration between four faculties (Arts and Humanities, the Bartlett, Engineering, and Social and Historical Sciences). It brings together the best urban teaching and research at UCL and this range of expertise will make this programme unparalleled in scope within the UK.
Urban research at UCL draws on a rich heritage of ideas including the ground-breaking insights of figures such as Patrick Abercrombie, Peter Hall, Ruth Glass and Reyner Banham.
UCL's engagement in wider public debates in London and internationally over the future design and planning of cities is a distinctive feature of our research.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 3-5 years)
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers two pathways, standard and research. Standard: Three core modules (45 credits), five options (75 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: Four core modules (75 credits), three options (45 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an individual research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, presentations and group work. Assessment is through coursework in the form of essays, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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 applications is 2 August 2013. 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?
This interdisciplinary programme welcomes candidates from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, and is suitable for students who wish to develop their understanding of the current debates in this field, either as a foundation for further research or to enrich their practical and professional contribution to the urban arena.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Urban Studies
- why you want to study Urban Studies at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme will improve the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in academia, public and private research, and other commercial and professional fields where an advanced understanding of cities and urban change is required.
First destinations of recent graduates include: Demos (think-tank): Research Associate, 00:/ Architects: Urban Development Strategist, London Civic Forum: Political Researcher.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: