Urban Design and City Planning MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This Master's programme has a unique focus on urban design as a creative planning tool and the interface between urban design and city planning. It offers a comprehensive understanding and exposure to urban design theory and practice, and also the complexity of its interface with the city planning field.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
- Overseas Full-time: £19,050
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
- Overseas applicants: 15 June 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme equips students theoretically and practically, engaging academically and in practice with urban design and related fields of knowledge. Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and in analytical ways across the different city scales, from strategic to local, and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett School of Planning at UCL has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. 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 programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The Bartlett School of Planning is situated in the heart of London, which offers unique opportunities to study the complexities of contemporary urban design and planning processes.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (105 credits) an optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation or major research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.
Dissertation or Major Research Project
MSc students have the choice between a 10,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word final major research project. The dissertation being by nature a more analytical exercice and the project a rather propositional one.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), tutorials, student presentations, seminars, field trips and direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, exams, project work, other skills-based practical work, and a dissertation or final research project report.
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.
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 Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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 good second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if 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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
The deadline for 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 primarily directed at those with an initial training in planning, architecture or other allied disciplines who wish to complete or expand their professional education. Students will specialise in the area of urban design, exploring the purpose and potential of this subject in great depth, supporting those wanting to work in the urban design, planning and development sector in the UK, Europe or overseas.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Urban Design and City Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study Urban Design and City 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 School of Planning have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. There is growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. On completion of this programme the majority of graduates will work in either the public or private consultancy sectors. A minority will continue in higher degree studies and research.
The Urban Design and City Planning MSc is an opportunity for students seeking to further their professional careers to specialise in urban design and, within that broad arena, to engage deeply with both the theoretical debates and practice methodologies, with particular research agendas of direct relevance to the future of their professional practice.
Ms Angela Fattibene
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