Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £11,125 (FT)
- £19,620 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
- All applicants:
- 4 September 2015
The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. 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 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 applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
Equivalent qualifications for Algeria
The central focus of the course is the relationship between active citizenship and development, with the recognition that diverse identities and aspirations are critical components of social change. This course offers the opportunity to engage with the theoretical and practical tools for promoting well-being, exploring the role of practitioners in supporting the contestation of rights and working towards social justice.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one option (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
- Social Diversity, Inequality, and Poverty
- Social Development in Practice
- Social Policy and Citizenship
- NGOs and Social Transformation
- Managing the City Economy
- Management and Planning for Development
- Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
- Gender in Policy and Planning
- Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
- Communication, Technologies and Social Power
- Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
- Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
- Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
- Urban Agriculture
All MSc students submit a 10,000 word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classroom exercises, and fieldwork within the UK and abroad. Practical work, including the overseas group fieldwork report, will comprise part of the total programme credits. Student performance is assessed through course work, examinations, and a dissertation report.
Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
- 1 year
- Prospective Overseas Master's students on one of the 10 eligible programmes, who are nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently living or studying in a developed country. The students must hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level and be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme. Applicants must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country, nor have been employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable). Students must be be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.
- 1 year
- Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.
- c. £300
- 1 year
- Current graduate students in the Development Planning Unit.
- Up to £3,000
- 1 year
- Prospective overseas MSc students in the Development Planning Unit.
- 1 year
- 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
Graduates of the programme are now working in a number of professional capacities some of which include: programme officers for an international NGO (Dhaka), national NGO officers in Indonesia and the UK, advisor/ trainer for a women's human rights group (Croatia), project officer with UK academic institution, consultants working in both British and overseas companies and officers in national and local government institutions. Some graduates pursue an academic career, either through doctoral studies or through teaching and research in a number of prestigious universities.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is intended to introduce participants to critical, analytical and practical skills that will be of use in their future careers, whether as academics, social development practitioners or advocates for the need to place the 'social' at the centre of development. Accordingly it provides participants with the opportunity to critically examine relevant bodies of knowledge, current debates and experience from the field and invites them to consider how social development concerns can be effectively addressed in the processes of development policy, planning and practice, with a focus on urban contexts.
Students on this MSc benefit from the strong practical component, which includes fieldwork assignments in London and abroad. An international fieldtrip takes students to a developing country, providing an opportunity to develop practical skills, use tools for participatory action research, and reflect on the roles and responsibilities of social development practitioners.
Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 200 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Development Planning Unit
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?
This MSc attracts participants from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, economics, anthropology, international studies, history, communication studies, geography and psychology. It provides the critical, analytical and practical skills necessary for their future careers as academics, social development practitioners or advocates.
- All applicants
- All applicants
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 Social Development Practice at graduate level
- why you want to study Social Development Practice at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- what do you think you will bring to the course
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree