Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £12,200 (FT)
- £22,380 (FT)
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 lower second-class degree.
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.
Select your country:
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.
- Urban Design: Place Making
- Pillars of Planning
- International Planning
- Critical Debates in International Planning
- Support Course: Planning Research (not credit bearing)
- Students choose two linked modules from the following to form a specialist study area:
- Communities and Planning
- International Property and Planning
- Mega-Infrastructure Planning
- Sustainable Governance
- Urban Design
- Urban Regeneration
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.
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.
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.
- £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
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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
- Project Manager, London 2012 Olympics, Arriva
- Development Associate, Columbia University (New York)
- Education Assistant, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD)
- Chartered Town Planner, Royal Town Planning Institute
- Planning and Strategy Assistant, South London Partnership
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 multidisciplinary 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 › 43 staff › 350 taught students › 70 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?
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.
- All applicants
- 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 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