Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £11,125 (FT)
- £20,700 (FT)
- 1 June 2015
- 31 July 2015
- 31 July 2015
Preferably an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a UK university. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard will also be considered. Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications (e.g. RTPI) or can demonstrate substantial work experience in the field of housing development, planning for housing, or housing design. (Applicants will still be expected to meet the minimum UCL requirement of a 2:2, however.)
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 will develop appropriate design, analytical and presentational skills, and work on practical cases that test their capacity for creative thinking and problem solving. The curriculum covers UK-specific policy and practice as well as a range of international case studies and globally relevant debates in the provision of housing.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules from across The Bartlett School of Planning or beyond, subject to approval (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), at least full-time three months, is offered.
- Planning for Housing: Process
- Planning for Housing: Project
- Principles of Sustainable Housing Design
- Low Energy Housing Retrofit
- Economics and Finance for Housing Projects
- Management of Housing Projects
- Spatial Planning (for professional accreditation)
- Critical Debates in Planning (for professional accreditation)
- Or any other open MSc module in The Bartlett School of Planning, or the wider Faculty of the Built Environment
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects and problem-based learning. Assessment is through a mix of essays, group projects, problem-sheets, individual projects, classroom tasks and the dissertation.
There are a number of sources of funding available specifically for students in The Bartlett School of Planning. Further details can be found on The Bartlett website
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
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- £15,000(1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial needs
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
There is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and overseas. Many have taken up posts in local and central government planning, others have moved into planning related consultancies. Past students have also found employment in numerous specialist sectors: in housing and transport; planning; urban regeneration and environmental agencies; public and private utility companies; and also in teaching and research.
As well as preparing students for careers in planning practice and housing delivery, all of our programmes offer an introduction to research and to key research skills.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Based in the heart of London, students are at the forefront of policy-relevant critical debate, empirical study and research-led teaching. The academic staff are multi-disciplinary and are actively involved in shaping the theories and debates covered in their teaching. Our annual public lectures attract pre-eminent speakers from around the world and our student body has a broad international profile.
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. The strong research focus across The Bartlett, and links to professional practice, feed into this programme, ensuring engagement with live issues and continual renewal of the subject material.
Students also have the opportunity to spend a period of the programme at a partner institution elsewhere in Europe, North America or Australia.
Student / staff ratios › 40 staff › 250 taught students › 65 research students
Department: Bartlett School of Planning
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?
This programme is directed at urban professionals and graduates from the fields of planning, property, architecture and project management from around the world who are wishing to train as planners, or develop perspectives on residential development from construction management angles, and specialise in the area of housing development.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Housing Development
- why you want to study Housing Development at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs