This programme offers a unique focus on the relationship between real estate, the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It explores the systems through which urban development operates and considers market mechanisms from the standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings and the relationship of markets and policy at various geographical levels.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £12,570 (FT)
- £23,710 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Preferably an upper second-class honours Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning and real estate education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience when considering the application. Applicants who do not hold an upper second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning real estate or a related field.
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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About this degree
The programme equips students with theoretical and practical preparation to practise across international boundaries in the fields of planning and urban policy, real estate and property market analysis and property development.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.
- Planning Practices in Europe
- Real Estate Appraisal
- Real Estate Development
- Real Estate Investment
- Comparative Urban Projects
- Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning
Options may include the following:
- Urban Economics and Politics
- Transport Policy and Planning
- Urban Design
- Geographical Information Systems
- Urban Regeneration
- Cities and the Environment
- Business Management
- Students seeking RTPI accreditation must take the following:
- Planning Practice
- Plus either Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures or Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), individual and group work, student presentations, seminars, study visits, workshops and an overseas field trip. Assessment is through coursework, written examination and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £10,000 (1 year)
- Based on academic merit
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of the programme who were not already employed in the field have taken jobs in public and private offices in the UK and abroad.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Property Market Analyst, MCP Co., Ltd
- Graduate Surveyor, CBRE
- Management Trainee, Savills Property Services (Beijing) Co., Ltd
- Retail Analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle
- General Manager, Suntton Global Trading
Graduates from the International Real Estate and Planning MSc have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, and at present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. This programme prepares students both theoretically and practically to practise across international boundaries in the fields of urban policy, real estate market analysis and property development. Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitudes to become creative, problem-solving professionals and to co-operate and engage creatively with others as both team members and team leaders. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for over 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.
Students will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Graduates of the programme will join both the UCL alumni network and the International Real Estate and Planning MSc network.
This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), either with the requisite module selections or where it is taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year planning degree.
Completion of the MSc programme leads to eligibility for professional membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Department: Bartlett School of Planning
Student / staff numbers
› 43 staff
› 350 taught students
› 70 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Planning
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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 designed for graduates from planning, architecture, pertinent social sciences (economics, geography, and history), real estate, estate management and related degrees. Many students have some post-degree professional experience. It is especially suitable for people who wish to practise internationally and to break the boundaries between built environment professions.
- 1 June 2017
- Flexible/Modular applicants
- 1 June 2017
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 Real Estate and Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study International Real Estate and 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.