Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: 3-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £15,270 (FT)
- £25,140 (FT)
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (including engineering, mathematical-based science, built environment, economics and finance), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In exceptional cases, a lesser academic qualification combined with substantial professional experience and demonstrable academic ability will allow acceptance onto the 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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With a strong commercial focus, this course provides candidates with a well-balanced mix of economic and financial theory as well as industry practice, including modules exploring:
- The history and future of infrastructure investment at global, national and sector levels, and the key determinants of total and sector investment levels
- The impact of government policy, funding and private capital markets on investment in infrastructure
- The role of regulation in incentivising private investment
- The cost of capital for infrastructure investment and the allocation of risk in contracted delivery
- The commercial perspective of infrastructure project sponsors, lenders, investors and contractors throughout the procurement, design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets
MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, eight core modules (120 credits) is offered.
- Financing Infrastructure: Fundamentals and Innovations in Funding and Financing
- Infrastructure using a Special Purpose Vehicle
- Infrastructure: Economic Principles and Policy
- Infrastructure as an Asset Class
- Agency and Transaction Costs in Infrastructure Projects
- Risk Modelling and Asset Management in Infrastructure Projects
- Demand Forecasts, Business Cases and Appraisal Methods for Infrastructure Projects
- The Management of Infrastructure Projects and Programmes
- There are no optional modules for this programme
All students undertake a substantial research-based dissertation on a research question of their own choosing.
Teaching and Learning
The MSc programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, group tutorials/workshops, project briefings, and individual supervision for the research-based dissertation element. Assessment is through examinations, 3,000-word written term papers and 10,000-word dissertation.
Part-time students are charged pro-rata to the number of credits taken in any one year based on the full-time fees applicable in that year.
Typically a student completing in the minimum two-year period will pay one-third of the full-time fees applicable in the first year (four 15-credit modules) and two-thirds of the full-time fees applicable in the second year (four 15-credit modules plus the 60-credit dissertation).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on financial need
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
This MSc will equip graduates with the potential to become future innovators, leaders, senior managers, policy makers, researchers and teachers in the fields of finance, infrastructure ownership and project management industries. Organisations that are likely to take on graduates of MSc IIF include infrastructure developers, infrastructure financiers and investors such as banks and equity funds, infrastructure operators, public sector commissioning and regulatory bodies, as well as advisory firms active in the growing infrastructure market.
Completing the one year programme will equip graduates with skills necessary to a career in infrastructure procurement and development whether as public sector advisor, private sector financing specialist or consultant within advisory firms.
Students successfully completing the programme will be able to show:
- Competence in their ability to apply a wide range of theories and concepts to a variety of infrastructure focused problems and contexts
- They possess high level critical and research skills
- Their ability to critically appraise and interpret the importance of trends and developments in the infrastructure investment and finance sectors of the countries in which they work
- Their ability to appraise critically the continuing developments in the literature and research on the infrastructure investment and finance.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Many governments including the UK, US, the EU, China and India are increasing their focus on improving infrastructure. The required capital for investment is estimated to be in the trillions of US dollars. At the same time there is a dire need for professionals equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver regional, national and international infrastructure projects. This pioneering MSc is the only course in the UK, and one of few globally, to focus on the finance, funding and commercial issues associated with these vast sums of investment and global infrastructure needs and this is the space where graduates of this programme will come into their own.
The School of Construction & Project Management is placed within the renowned UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. The School has both specialist expertise and excellent relations with a range of industry and government bodies, which will provide a valuable network to students seeking careers in the exciting area of infrastructure financing and development.
The MSc directly benefits from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCL and the European Investment Bank (EIB). This MoU sets out the scope of the EIB's support and on-going involvement in the planning and delivery of the IIF MSc. It is expected that the EIB’s involvement will significantly enhance students’ understanding of infrastructure finance and investment, through the Bank’s long and multi-faceted experience in this field.
UCL is exploring accreditation of the MSc with professional institutions such as the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Student / staff ratios › 31 staff › 250 taught students › 20 research students
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 designed for early to mid-career professionals seeking to specialise in infrastructure investment, economics and finance, procurement and regulatory functions. In addition to enabling finance graduates the opportunity to specialise, the Infrastructure, Investment and Finance MSc will also be attractive to engineering graduates wishing to adapt their career options, and to graduates in other related numerate subject areas (e.g. economics, planning, etc.).
- 29 May 2016
- 29 July 2016
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 for the MSc in Infrastructure Investment and Finance and what attracts you to this specialism
- How your professional and academic background meets the demands of th MSc Infrastructure, Investment and Finance MSc
- Why you want to study at UCL
- How the Infrastructure, Investment and Finance MSc will help you to achieve your career plans.