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Development Administration and Planning MSc

This MSc equips students with the analytical, methodological and practical expertise needed to positively contribute to development in countries with which they are actively involved. Students acquire the tools necessary to respond to a diverse range of problems including productive capacity, intersectoral integration, economic and social diversification, and self-sufficiency.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£19,620 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Flexible/Modular:
5 September 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

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.

Core Modules

  • 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
  • OR:
  • 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

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Development Administration and Planning MSc

Funding

Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

David Thomas Award

Value:
c. £300
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current graduate students in the Development Planning Unit.

Otto Koenigsberger Fund

Value:
Up to £3,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas MSc students in the Development Planning Unit.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective MSc, MA or MArch students in the Bartlett Faculty. Applicants' annual income (from a salary or other sources) at the start of the programme must not exceed £14,000 (full-time study) or £28,000 (part-time study).

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Tinkov

Subject: Development Administration and Planning MSc
Staff review

"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 Davila

Subject: MSc Development Administration and Planning MSc Transport & City Planning MSc Global Health DPU's Doctoral Programme

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
Flexible/Modular
2015-09-05

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
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.

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