Development Administration and Planning MSc

Options: PG Diploma


This MSc equips students with the analytical, methodological and practical expertise needed to positively contribute to development in countries with which they are actively involved. Students acquire the tools necessary to respond to a diverse range of problems including productive capacity, intersectoral integration, economic and social diversification, and self-sufficiency.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible 3-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,050

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014
  • : 5 September 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students develop the ability to analyse the development process and to formulate appropriate policies for meeting development goals. The field trip, conducted in a developing country, provides the opportunity to study the problems addressed in development, and the cultural, administrative and institutional context in which decisions are made.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Development Planning Unit at UCL is an international centre concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its programmes are supported by international agencies and by national and provincial governments.

This MSc examines and analyses the theory and practice of development administration at international, national and regional levels to provide participants with an understanding of the processes generating social change and with the skills and abilities to respond.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).

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

Core Modules

  • Management and Planning for Development: International and National
  • Dimensions
  • Development in Practice
  • EITHER:
  • Political Economy of Development Land, Food and Agriculture
  • OR:
  • Political Economy of Development: Industrialisation & Infrastructure

Options

  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Political Economy for Development: Land, Food and Agriculture
  • The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction: From theory to Practice
  • Urban Development and Economics
  • Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
  • The City and Its Relations
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000 word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme consists of reading, essay writing and individual and group project work, in the context of lectures, seminars, workshops, case study analysis, and a fieldtrip abroad. In recent years fieldtrip destinations have included Ghana and Egypt. Student performance is assessed through coursework, unseen examinations and a final dissertation report.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme   (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

David Thomas Award

Founded in 1995 by Jenny Rossiter, who graduated from the DPU in 1994, in memory of her husband, David Thomas, a Financial Times journalist who was killed on assignment in Kuwait in April 1991. The Scholarship is awarded to assist a DPU student to travel to a developing country to research on matters directly related to his or her Master's Dissertation or Thesis in the field of housing studies.

Otto Koenigsberger Fund

The purpose of the OKS is to support overseas candidates of the highest calibre for postgraduate study at MSc level, in the expectation that as graduates, these scholars will make important contributions to urban development by drawing on the strengths of the international perspective and leading position of the DPU in the development field.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. 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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Applications should be made by 1 August 2014 or by 5 September 2014 for flexible/modular applicants.

Who can apply?

The programme will appeal to those interested in the development of a more socially just world. Strongly interdisciplinary, it attracts among others anthropologists, geographers, lawyers, public administrators, economists and politicians.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • what do you think you will bring to the course
  • 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.


Career

Graduates are engaged in a diversity of professional activities, including local, regional and national government, consultancy firms, national and international NGOs, United Nations programmes and international aid agencies. A small proportion of graduates pursue advanced research degrees while several work as academics in reputed universities or as independent consultants.

Recent graduates are employed at organisations including: Asian Development Bank, American Refugee Committee, Canon Collins Trust for Southern Africa, Medical Research Council (Uganda), North-West Frontier Province (Pakistan), UNESCO; United Nations, Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Relief and Works Agency and World Vision (Zambia).


Next steps

Contact

Bartlett Graduate Faculty

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1111

Department

Development Planning Unit

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