Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 3-5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £11,125 (FT)
- £19,620 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
- 5 September 2015
The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience.
In rare cases, applicants with degrees below this standard will be considered if they have significant relevant professional experience.
In all cases, successful applicants are expected to provide good references and a strong personal statement, which adequately demonstrate the applicant’s interest in the topics addressed by this programme.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students develop the ability to analyse the development process and to formulate appropriate policies for meeting development goals. The field trip, conducted in a developing country, provides the opportunity to study the problems addressed in development, and the cultural, administrative and institutional context in which decisions are made.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, five core modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.
- Contemporary Challenges in Development Planning: Urbanisation and Overseas Development Assistance
- Development in Practice
- Either Land, Food and Agriculture or Industrialisation and Infrastructure
- Political Economy of Development
- EitherSociety and Market: Private Agency for Development or The Developmental State: Planning for Development
- Political Economy of Development: Industrialisation & Infrastructure
Suggested Optional Modules
- Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
- Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
- Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
- Gender in Policy and Planning
- Urban Agriculture
- Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
- Political Economy for Development: Land, Food and Agriculture
- The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
- Social Development and Poverty Reduction: From theory to Practice
- Urban Development and Economics
- Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
- The City and Its Relations
- Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
All MSc students submit a 10,000 word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.
Teaching and Learning
The programme consists of reading, essay writing and individual and group project work, in the context of lectures, seminars, workshops, case study analysis, and a fieldtrip abroad. In recent years fieldtrip destinations have included Uganda and Ethiopia. Student performance is assessed through coursework, unseen examinations and a final dissertation report.
Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on financial needs
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial needs
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial needs
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Graduates are engaged in a diversity of professional activities, including local, regional and national government, consultancy firms, national and international NGOs, United Nations programmes and international aid agencies. A small proportion of graduates pursue advanced research degrees while several work as academics in reputed universities or as independent consultants.
Recent graduates are employed at organisations including: Asian Development Bank, American Refugee Committee, Canon Collins Trust for Southern Africa, Medical Research Council (Uganda), North-West Frontier Province (Pakistan), UNESCO; United Nations, Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Relief and Works Agency and World Vision (Zambia).
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Development Planning Unit at UCL is an international centre concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its programmes are supported by international agencies and by national and provincial governments.
This MSc examines and analyses the theory and practice of development administration at international, national and regional levels to provide participants with an understanding of the processes generating social change and with the skills and abilities to respond.
Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 200 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Development Planning Unit
"I applied to UCL as it is one of the top universities in the world and the course I did was extremely appealing to me."
Julia TinkovSubject: Development Administration and Planning MSc
"I examine recent changes in cities of the (so-called) global south, with a particular interest in how local governments can design and implement sustainable, more inclusive policies that seek to counterbalance long-term trends towards income inequality and spatial fragmentation. Because of the complex nature of cities, this work is inevitably multidisciplinary and UCL provides a fantastic platform for it. I have the opportunity to interact with some of the top minds in my field, and to learn from the cutting-edge science that is being done in London, including UCL. The energy and diversity of activities within UCL and my own department is something that fills me with awe and pride."
Professor Julio DavilaSubject: MSc Development Administration and Planning MSc Transport & City Planning MSc Global Health DPU's Doctoral Programme
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme will appeal to those interested in the development of a more socially just and economically equitable world. We welcome professionals as well as recent graduates with a strong academic record to apply. Strongly interdisciplinary, this programme attracts anthropologists, geographers, lawyers, public administrators, economists and politicians, amongst others.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- what do you think you will bring to the course
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree