Transport and City Planning MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


This new MSc brings a cross-disciplinary focus to transport and urban planning which is unique, aiming to foster “smart solutions” to the current critical challenges of transitioning to sustainable travel behaviours and sustainable cities, in the UK and internationally.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £19,550

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.


Application date

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

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students will directly link theory and practice and work toward the realisation of plans for transport that will effectively work in the real world. Their ideas will be tested in projects in London and internationally that are developed by transport planning, urban planning and development practitioners.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

There is a strong focus on transport and city planning in research activities at the UCL Bartlett. Current activities include: VIBAT (Visioning and Backcasting for Transport), SINTROPHER (innovative public transport options in peripheral regions), SYNAPTIC (the seamless travel journey), the OMEGA centre (the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects) and we work with various project sponsors such as Transport for London, the Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, etc..

Accreditation is sought from the Royal Town Planning Institute as a ‘specialist’ fourth year. Candidates would also be eligible to apply for the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification and to become members of the Institution of Highways (IHT) and Transport Planning Society (TPS).


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

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

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Transport Planning and the City
  • Transport Planning in Emerging Countries
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Key Themes
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Project
  • Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
  • Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments

Options

  • Choose two from a list which may include the following:
  • Public Transport
  • Pillars of Planning
  • International Planning
  • Sustainable Property – Valuation, Investment and Development
  • Planning Practices in Europe
  • Urban Problems and Problematics
  • Spatial Planning
  • Preparing Regeneration Projects
  • GI Systems and Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation in transport and city planning of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project work, and site visits. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group/individual projects and presentation, and a dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


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

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications – e.g. Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – or work experience in the field of transport planning or urban planning.

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?

This programme is likely to appeal to candidates wishing to work across disciplines and at the strategic levels; to transport planning or engineering graduates; urban planning or geography graduates. It is suited to graduates wishing to enter either the transport planning or urban planning professions, in the UK and international, and in the public and private sectors or civil society.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Transport and City Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport and City Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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 will deliver.


Career

This programme will equip students with the skills needed to work effectively as transport and planning practitioners in urban contexts in the public or third sector (e.g. in consultancy, central government, Transport for London (TfL), Greater London Authority (GLA), metropolitan authorities, local authorities, international investment banks, quangos and lobby groups).

The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no career destinations are currently available.


Next steps

Contact

Bartlett Graduate Faculty

T: +44 (0)20 3108 9018/9004/9002

Department

Bartlett School of Planning

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Prospectus subject

Planning

Faculty overview

Built Environment


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"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

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