Urban Regeneration MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

This MSc engages with a great challenege facing urban professionals: the decay of cities and their planned renaissance. It will equip you with the ability to critically analyse complex urban issues, the boldness to address those issues in a creative, strategic manner and the confidence to propose appropriate implementation plans.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,050

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 1 August 2014
  • Overseas applicants: 15 June 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

You will develop a state-of-the-art understanding of the social, economic and spatial issues involved in regenerating urban areas and you will gain a case-based, multi-disciplinary experience of real urban regeneration schemes. The programme provides a platform for informed reflection on the latest theory and practice and will develop your knowledge and skills for creative thinking and problem-solving.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching in the UK and internationally since 1914. The programme, one of the oldest in the Bartlett, is delivered by globally distinguished academics.

You will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Upon graduation you will join both the UCL alumni network and the MSc Urban Regeneration network.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Economic Development (IED) and, depending on your elective modules, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in total, for the MSc degree. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered, which includea dissertation (120 credits, full-time nine months).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is also available.

Core Modules

  • Urban Problems and Problematics
  • Development Projects
  • Case Studies in Preparing Regeneration Projects
  • Case Studies in Implementing Regeneration Projects
  • Critical Debates in Urban Regeneration
  • Urban Design: Place Making
  • Support course: Planning Research (not credit bearing)


  • You can choose optional modules from across UCL and may include the following:
  • Planning Practice and Spatial Planning or International Planning as part of the RTPI route
  • The Housing specialism
  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • The Urban Design specialism
  • The Sustainable Urban Development specialism
  • Cities and the Environment
  • The Representation of Cities and other modules from the Urban Lab
  • Modules on the Global South from the Development Planning Unit (DPU)


In order to develop your research skills and critical thinking you will undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through individual and group project work, lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. You will participate for free in a field trip to mainland Europe and in several site visits in the UK. You will be assessed through essays, individual and group projects, presentations, reports, an unseen written examination and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


The MSc Urban Regeneration offers a Land Securities scholarship. The scholarship (worth £5,000) is open to UK/EU nationals who hold an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional) to study full-time.

Eligible candidates are selected by the UCL Bartlett School of Planning on the basis of academic merit.

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

These awards are based on academic merit.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

These scholarships are based on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Other than the standard UCL academic and language requirements, your application should combine evidence in order to paint an accurate picture of your strength. Professional experience, references, etc. could be relevant in that respect.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

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?

You are welcome to apply if you will to re-tool for the urban renaissance challenge. Students often have backgrounds in urban planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, civil engineering, film studies, history, management and architecture or are professionals from the design and property professions or with administrative, business and community experience.

What are we looking for?

In your application make sure you tell us:

  • why you want to study Urban Regeneration at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Regeneration 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme aims to deliver.


Graduates who were not already employed have been very successful in finding jobs in a wide variety of public, private and third sector organisations in the UK and around the world. Your career following graduation may include employment in a diverse range of areas like planning, real estate, regeneration and economic development consultancies; national and regional regeneration, housing and economic development agencies; local authorities; specific regeneration and local economic development programmes as well as voluntary and community sector organisations and NGOs. You may also wish to continue with further research for a PhD degree.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Atking Global, Planning Consultant, 2011
  • BBC, Broadcast Journalist, 2011
  • UCL, Research Assistant, 2011
  • Gregory Malekkides Associates, Engineering & Regeneration Consultant, 2011
  • Hines Europe, Asset Manager, 2011


The programme will equip you with up-to-date knowledge, creative skills and a unique way of thinking about the built environment in an integrated manner. A diverse range of employers readily appreciate these attributes and often make direct requests for recommendations.

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Ms Angela Fattibene

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Bartlett School of Planning

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