International Planning MSc
Options: PG Diploma
This MSc has a strong international and comparative focus, and includes an international field trip. The scope of the programme primarily encompasses Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa and the Far East, and increasingly China and South-East Asia.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £19,550
- UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
- Overseas applicants: 15 June 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop an appreciation of planning approaches and systems, alongside an understanding of planning as a culturally specific, context dependent activity taking different forms in different countries and regions. The programme raises awareness of the impacts of globalisation through the international circulation and transfer of 'good practices' in planning policies.
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 nearly 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.
This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one specialism with two modules (30 credits), a research dissertation (60 credits), and a field trip (not credit bearing).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
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 a combination of individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, field trips and direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination, and skills-based practical work.
Further details available on subject website:
Bursaries may be available from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Students must apply directly to the Planning School and should approach the Programme Director or Admissions Tutor in the first instance.
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective full-time UK Master's students in the Bartlett School of Planning. There is no application procedure; all eligible students will be considered by the School of Planning. This award is based on academic merit.
This award is based on financial need.
These awards are based on academic merit.
These scholarships are based on financial need.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme. Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard overseas qualification. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience in planning or a related field when deciding whether to admit a candidate. 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. Overseas students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competence in English. A minimum overall score of 6.5 for IELTS (and no lower than 6.0 in the sub-test) or 580 in TOEFL is required.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
The deadline for UK/EU applications is 1 August 2014. International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is intended for students who want an international perspective on planning systems and cultures or are likely to develop careers outside the UK after graduation, in planning or related fields such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning, and urban design.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study International Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study International Planning 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
Graduate students from the UCL Bartlett have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Transport of London, Assistant Programme Manager, 2009
- Deganham Council, Principle Regeneration Officer, 2009
- PRP Architects, Urban Designer, 2009
- CB Richard Ellis, Assistant Planner, 2011
- Urban Institute (USA), Consultant, 2011
Recent graduates of the MSc IP have gone on to work in a variety of international contexts and roles including leading London-based planning, design and architecture consultancies; UK-based local authorities and government offices; overseas government offices and ministries; overseas private sector consultancies in planning, design, construction and development; non-for-profit organisations and charities world-wide; academic research and teaching.
Ms Janaki O'Halpin
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7501
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