Sustainable Urbanism MSc
Options: PG Diploma
This MSc offers urban professionals a theoretical understanding of the range of disciplines that together contribute to the delivery of sustainable urbanism, and explores the conceptual and technical skills necessary to create sustainable urban environments. The programme includes an integral field trip which offers students the opportunity to observe and consider sustainability in practice.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £20,100
- UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
- Overseas applicants: 15 June 2014
- Flexible/Modular: 5 September 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme offers students the necessary skills and knowledge to engage as team members in the types of large and complex sustainable urban projects that are increasingly being planned around the world. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research, and has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for almost 100 years. It is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, and students are taught by a range of top theorists and practitioners working in the field of sustainable urbanism.
This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) if taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year undergraduate planning degree.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a dissertation of 10,000 words or project work equivalent.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through theoretical discussions, focused case study methods and hands-on project work. It includes an integral field trip to an overseas location, including site visits, field exercises and guest lectures. Assessment is through individual and group work, essays, examination, skills-based practical work, and the personal project.
Further details available on subject website:
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.
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 Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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. 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 competence 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. The deadline for flexible/modular study is 5 September 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is directed at urban professionals from a range of fields including planning, property, design, landscape and transport, seeking to enhance their understanding of sustainable processes and practices. It will also be valuable to graduates completing their initial professional training who wish to specialise in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Sustainable Urbanism at graduate level
- why you want to study Sustainable Urbanism 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 around the world. While a main source of employment remains in local government and central government planning and in planning related consultancy, graduates are also employed in the housing and transport sectors; planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies; public and private utility companies; urban design consultancy and teaching and research.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Global Inheritance Inc, US, Project Manager, 2011
- RTPI, UK, Policy and Networks Manager, 2011
- Gabierno del Estado de Morelos, Mexico, Director General de Ordenaimento Terrotorial, 2011
- Future of London, UK, Director, 2011
This programme is ideal for those who have no relevant work experience and want to forge a planning career right through to those who have extensive relevant work experience but want to consolidate their skills and knowledge. Students are taught by a range of theorists and sustainable urbanism practitioners including Bill Dunster (founder of ZEDfactory Ltd), Professor Yvonne Rydin, Dr Catalina Turcu and Professor Matthew Carmona.
"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
Subject: Development Planning, Faculty: Built Environment
"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