Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- 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 (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning 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 in planning or a related field when considering the application. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning 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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This MSc provides a critical review of mega infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how 'fit for purpose' these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on generic lessons and principles that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and a field trip (not credit bearing).
A Postgraduate Diploma, seven core modules (105 credits), one elective module (15 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2 to 5 years is offered.
- Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
- Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
- Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making
- Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments
- Twenty-first Century Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
- Sustainability Visions and Challenges for Mega Infrastructure Investments
- Group Project
- Students choose one module from:
- UCL Bartlett School of Planning
- UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit
- UCL Geography
- UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, a field trip, individual and group project work, and skills-based practical project work, with direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination and project work.
There are a number of sources of funding available specifically for students in The Bartlett School of Planning.
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
Graduates of this programme have routinely taken up positions in central and regional government; specialist and multi-disciplinary consultancy firms; international development organisations and banks; public and private utility companies; research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban and region planning, urban regeneration and environmental planning, community development, consulting and the construction industry; and two have been accepted to undertake PhD studies at the OMEGA Centre.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Research Assistant, UCL (2013)
- Policy Analyst, Just Base (2013)
The programme has been conceived to provide enhanced capacity-building opportunities for those currently working in the field of mega infrastructure development and offers an invaluable qualification for new entrants into the field. With strong links to industry, government and academia on a global scale, a very high percentage of past students have gone on to find placements within the first year after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Prepared by the OMEGA Centre and its teaching and research team at the Bartlett School of Planning, this programme is delivered in association with UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering together with internationally renowned academics and practitioners in the field of mega infrastructure development.
The programme is interdisciplinary and international, drawing from experiences both in the developed and developing world. It seeks to provide students with insights, knowledge and skills that will assist them to plan, appraise and deliver future mega infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.
Student / staff ratios › 43 staff › 350 taught students › 70 research students
Department: Bartlett School of Planning
"London is the hub of the most interesting things going on in the UK, with governmental organisations, built environment consultancies and some great academic institutions."
Dr Robin HickmanI direct the Transport and City Planning MSc. I also teach on the Sustainable Urbanism MSc and Mega Investment Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc.
Senior Lecturer in Transport 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 suitable for graduates from civil engineering, planning, policy studies, project management, estate management, architecture, pertinent social sciences and other relevant fields. It provides enhanced capacity building opportunities for those currently working in mega infrastructure development and offers an invaluable grounded qualification for new entrants into the field.
- 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 Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery at graduate level
- why you want to study Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery 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