Research programmes

Taught programmes

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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


Our planning education engages with the increasingly international nature of the discipline and of planning theory and practice, reflecting the rich research and cultural diversity already within the school.

Different dimensions of the subject are taught in an integrated fashion, with the complexity exposed and addressed from the start. Competing objectives, agendas, approaches and limitations of planning are exposed in and made real through a variety of problem-solving activities and real-life scenarios, with our students being pushed to achieve dynamic results.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Planning MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Housing Development MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, FX
Inter-disciplinary Urban Design MRes FT, PT, FX
International Planning MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
International Real Estate and Planning MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
Spatial Planning MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
Sustainable Urbanism MSc/PG Dip FT, FX
Transport and City Planning MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, FX
Urban Design and City Planning MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, FX
Urban Regeneration MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, FX

Student/staff ratios

  • 30 staff
  • 228 taught students
  • 57 research students


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Student View

"There is a huge variety of different training courses that you can take at UCL to improve your research and personal skills."

Sonia Friere Trigo

Degree: Planning Studies PhD

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

Subject: Development Planning, Faculty: Built Environment