Spatial Planning MSc
Options: PG Diploma
The Spatial Planning MSc aims to build students' appreciation of planning and urban theory whilst providing them with the necessary skills to engage in critical and creative problem solving.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £11,000
- 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 analyse the definition of, and solutions to, urban and regional planning problems and the nature of existing planning systems and practices. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a spatial and comparative perspective to planning and the need for integrated solutions to planning problems and the achievement of sustainable development.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research. It has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for over fifty 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 five core modules (90 credits), one specialism with two modules (30 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, closely related to the specialist option chosen and linked to UK spatial planning. The project culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, lectures, tutorials and seminars. A short field course based in a European city outside the UK will take place in the second term. Assessment is through individual and group work, essays, examination, skills-based practical work, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Scholarships available for this department
This award is based on financial need.
These awards are based on academic merit.
These scholarships are based on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate and 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, by admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.A high level of competence in both spoken and written English is also required. Overseas students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competency in English. A minimum overall score of 6.5 for IELTS 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 designed for graduates from any relevant discipline who wish to make a career in planning (in central and local government, private consultancy, voluntary bodies, etc.), in related fields (such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning or urban design), or in teaching and/or research.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Spatial Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study Spatial 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 Bartlett have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Masters' graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. First destinations of recent graduates include private planning consultancies, district and borough councils, regional and national government and specialist planning, design and regeneration bodies.
Ms Janaki O'Halpin
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7501
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