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Urban Design and City Planning MSc

This Master's programme has a unique focus on urban design as a creative planning tool and the interface between urban design and city planning. It offers a comprehensive understanding and exposure to urban design theory and practice, and also the complexity of its interface with the city planning field.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£20,700 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
Overseas applicants:
15 June 2015
International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before 15 June 2015.

Entry Requirements

Preferably an upper second-class Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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 deciding whether to admit a candidate. Applicants who do not hold a good second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if 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 equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The programme equips students theoretically and practically, engaging academically and in practice with urban design and related fields of knowledge. Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and in analytical ways across the different city scales, from strategic to local, and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven compulsory modules (105 credits) an optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation or major research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), and two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2-5 years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), full-time nine months is offered.

Core Modules

  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Urban Design: Layout, Density and Typology
  • Critical Debates in Urban Design and City Planning
  • Design and Real Estate
  • From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan
  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
  • Urban Design: Guidance, Incentive and Control
  • Research Methods Workshop

Options

  • <b>Please note</b>: Students who have taken a UCL undergraduate planning degree are required to take a free choice.
  • <strong>Either</strong> Urban Design: Place Making <strong>or</strong> free choice module

Dissertation/report

MSc students have the choice between a 10,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word final major research project. The dissertation being by nature a rather more analytical exercice and the project a rather more propositional one.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of individual and group project work, skills-based practical and IT work, lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), tutorials, student presentations, seminars, field trips and direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, exams, project work, other skills-based practical work, and a dissertation or final research project report.

Funding

Land Securities Scholarship.

Bartlett Master's Scholarship Scheme.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective Master's students in the Bartlett School of Planning will be automatically considered for this award.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Value:
£5,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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

Careers

Graduate students from the Bartlett School of Planning have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. There is growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. On completion of this programme the majority of graduates will work in either the public or private consultancy sectors. A minority will continue in higher degree studies and research.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • City of London, Planner, 2012,
  • ZEDfactory, Urban Designer, 2012,
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff, Town Planner, 2012,
  • Knight Frank, Research Analyst, 2012,

Employability

The Urban Design and City Planning MSc is an opportunity for students seeking to further their professional careers to specialise in urban design and, within that broad arena, to engage deeply with both the theoretical debates and practice methodologies, with particular research agendas of direct relevance to the future of their professional practice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning at UCL has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. 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 programme is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The Bartlett School of Planning is situated in the heart of London, which offers unique opportunities to study the complexities of contemporary urban design and planning processes, and engage with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops.

Student / staff ratios › 40 staff › 250 taught students › 65 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

Application and next steps

Applications

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 primarily directed at those with an initial training in planning, architecture or other allied disciplines who wish to complete or expand their professional education. Students will specialise in the area of urban design, exploring the purpose and potential of this subject in great depth, supporting those wanting to work in the urban design, planning and development sector in the UK, Europe or overseas.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01
Overseas applicants
2015-06-15
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.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Urban Design and City Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Design and City 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.

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