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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Development Planning

UCL Bartlett's Development Planning Unit (DPU) conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global South. Our programmes are practically orientated, providing students with the academic skills they will require after graduating but also with a wide range of real-world skills, e.g. report writing and public speaking. The unit supports networking with individuals (including alumni), community organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, and public sector institutions which share the DPU vision, and our graduates pursue a wide range of occupations within these areas.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Development Planning MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Building and Urban Design in Development MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Development Administration and Planning MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Environment and Sustainable Development MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Social Development Practice MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Urban Development Planning MSc/PG Dip FT, PT, FX
Urban Economic Development MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, PT, FX

Student/staff ratios

  • 32 staff
  • 200 taught students
  • 37 research students


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Staff View

"The students at the DPU come from many international locations and backgrounds, which means we are always hearing about developments in different parts of the world from people who have first experience of them, whether this is in Syria, Indonesia, Congo or Brazil."

Dr Vanesa Castán Broto

Lecturer in Environment and Sustainable Development

Staff View

"London is the hub of the most interesting things going on in the UK, with governmental organisations, built environment consultancies and some great academic institutions."

Dr Robin Hickman

Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning