The Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the mega infrastructure field. The programme offers a holistic approach to the field offering decision making and problem solving that lead to more robust investment outcomes.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £12,570 (FT)
- £23,050 (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.
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 elective 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 below.
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students have gone on to take up positions in:
- consultancy firms
- international development organisations and banks
- utility companies
- research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban, regional and environmental planning.
Graduates have also undertaken PhD studies at the Bartlett School of Planning.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Senior Planning Consultant, Ali Planning Consultants.
- Policy Analyst, Just Base
- PhD Trust and Transparency in Decision-Making of Infrastructure Projects, University College London (UCL)
- Quantity Surveyor, Berkeley Group
- Planning Consultant, World Union
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.
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?
Prepared by the OMEGA Centre and its teaching and research team at the Bartlett School of Planning, this programme is delivered 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 in planning, appraising and delivering future mega infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.
Completion of the MSc programme leads to eligibility for professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The MSc programme is also accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Further Learning programme for holders of a Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited first degree.
Department: Bartlett School of Planning
Student / staff numbers › 43 staff › 350 taught students › 70 research students
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.
What our students and staff say
"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
- 28 July 2017
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.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
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.