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International Planning MSc

The International Planning MSc provides a strong international and comparative focus on planning and urban theory, and practice. The scope of the programme primarily encompasses Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa and the Far East, and increasingly China and South-East Asia.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£20,700 (FT)
Part-time fees are available on request from the department. 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.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants:
1 August 2015
Overseas applicants:
15 June 2015
International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2015.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university (or higher). 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 planning. Where this is the case, applicants will still be expected to meet the minimum UCL academic requirement of a 2:2.

We also need a high level of competence in both spoken and written English. Overseas applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of this. A minimum overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the sub-tests for IELT S or 580 plus 4 for TWE in TOEFL is required. Applicants may be requested to submit a writing sample.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Degree Information

Students develop an appreciation of planning approaches and systems, alongside an understanding of planning as a culturally specific, context-dependent activity taking different forms in different countries and regions. The programme aims to provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge in planning and urban theory in a global context, while offering them the opportunity to develop a specialisation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one specialism with two modules (30 credits), a research dissertation (60 credits), and a field trip (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules from the list of possible specialisms available (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

Core Modules

  • Critical Debates in International Planning
  • Support Course: Planning Research (not credit bearing)
  • Pillars of Planning
  • International Planning
  • Urban Design: Place Making

Options

  • Mega Infrastructure Projects
  • International Property and Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Planning for Housing
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Students choose two linked modules from the following to form a specialist study area:

Dissertation/report

All MSc 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 individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, field trips and direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination, and skills-based practical work.

Funding

Bursaries may be available from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Students must apply directly to the Planning School and should approach the Programme Director or Admissions Tutor in the first instance.

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.

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students in the Bartlett School of Planning will be automatically considered for this award.

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

International Planning graduates have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment in various sectors. At present, there is a growing demand for our graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and abroad. They are employed in both local and central government internationally, in global planning-related consultancies, as well as in a wide range of other related sectors, such as housing, transport and urban regeneration, as well as in public and private utility companies, teaching and research.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • London 2012 Olympics, Arriva, Project Manager, 2012,
  • Columbia University (New York), Development Associate, 2012,
  • China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), Education Assistant, 2011,
  • Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Town Planner, 2011,
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Policy Research Assistant, 2010,

Employability

Recent graduates of the MSc IP have gone on to work in a variety of international contexts and roles including leading London-based planning, design and architecture consultancies; UK-based local authorities and government offices; overseas government offices and ministries; overseas private sector consultancies in planning, design, construction and development; non-for-profit organisations and charities world-wide; academic research and teaching.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for nearly 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.

This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Based in the heart of London there is much for students to learn from being at the forefront of policy-relevant critical debate, empirical study and research-led teaching. The staff profile is multi-disciplinary and teaching staff 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.

Student / staff ratios › 40 staff › 250 taught students › 65 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

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 is intended for students who want an international perspective on planning systems and cultures or are likely to develop careers outside the UK after graduation, in planning or related fields such as housing, urban regeneration, transport planning, and urban design.

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants
2015-08-01
Overseas applicants
2015-06-15
International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2015.

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 International Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • 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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