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Urban Economic Development MSc

Bringing economic analysis to city planning and management, this MSc explores how economic solutions can contribute to urban sustainability and wellbeing, and aims to nurture future professionals who are equipped to manage cities. A unique focus on the city economy and an extensive alumni network make its graduates highly employable.

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:
£19,620 (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

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper 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 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 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 focuses on identifying methods of enhancing urban productivity while promoting sustainability and equity through public intervention at the city level. Students gain a critical understanding of the political economy of urban development and urban policy making, the ability to analyse a city economy and its performance, and numerous opportunities to learn from policy experiences across the world.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (90 credits), one or two optional modules (30 credits) and a development and planning report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (90 credits), one or two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

Core Modules

  • Either An Introduction to Public Economics and Public Policy or Urbanisation and Development
  • Managing the City Economy
  • Practice in Urban Economic Development
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice

Options

  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • The City and Its Relations
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Management and Planning for Development
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Urban Agriculture

Dissertation/report

Guided by individual supervisors, all MSc students submit a 10,000 word dissertation 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 series of lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies and fieldwork related to cities in different parts of the world, and includes an overseas fieldtrip. Students are assessed through unseen examinations, individual essays, course work, team work reports, oral presentations and a dissertation.

Funding

Applicants may be eligible for the DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme and the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Value:
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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.

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.

David Thomas Award

Value:
c. £300
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current graduate students in the Development Planning Unit.

Otto Koenigsberger Fund

Value:
Up to £3,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas MSc students in the Development Planning Unit.

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

Graduates pursue a variety of careers, predominantly: private consultancies and think tanks; public sector (including governments at different levels and international organisations); academia and research.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Associate Economist, 2010,
  • China Securities, Director, 2010,
  • EMBARQ India – The WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport, Associate – Research and Management, 2011,
  • PCC Land (Thailand), Urban Developer, 2011,
  • Ministry of Health and Politics (PE), Project Analyst, 2011,

Employability

UED graduates enjoy a high level of employability. Students are enabled to develop an integrated approach towards efficiency, sustainability and wellbeing and the essential skills in tackling the crucial task of economic management of cities. They also have the opportunity to strengthen their CV while on the programme by engaging in numerous practice-oriented assignments, both in the UK and abroad. Past graduates have found a variety of employment opportunities, ranging from working with UK-based organisations in public, private and community sectors that focus on either local or international development, to employment with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies in the Global South.

Why study this degree at UCL?

In addition to strong theoretical teaching, this MSc involves practical field work abroad and in the UK that allows students to put into practice the tools and techniques acquired in classrooms. Characterised by strong emphasis on international experiences and analytical approaches, this programme will benefit students from both developed and developing countries.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit at UCL is an international centre of excellence promoting sustainable development and encouraging innovative policy, planning and management of urban, regional and international development. Cross-departmental career networking sessons are held throughout the year where current students can socialise with alumni and external professionals.

Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 200 taught students › 40 research students

Department: Development Planning Unit

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL London offers a unique setting for higher education. The quality of the teaching and the diversity of backgrounds found in the classes complement each other to provide a real premium for students to enjoy."

Francesco Mellino

Subject: Urban Economic Development MSc

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 aimed at economists or non-economists who are either currently working in or intend to work in multilateral or bilateral aid agencies, government agencies, private consultancies, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, universities and research institutes concerned with analysing, formulating and implementing economic policies related to the urban sector or particular cities.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

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 Economic Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Urban Economic Development at UCL
  • what considerations particularly attract 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 aims to deliver.

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