Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 3-5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £11,125 (FT)
- £19,620 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
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.
Select your country:
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.
- Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Practice
- Managing the City Economy
- Practice in Urban Economic Development
- Either An Introduction to Public Economics and Public Policy or Urbanisation and Development
- Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
- Housing Policy, Programme and Project Alternatives
- Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
- The City and Its Relations
- Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
- Gender in Policy and Planning
- Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
- Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
- Urban Agriculture
- Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
- Management and Planning for Development
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.
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 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
- Associate Economist, UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (2010)
- Director, China Securities (2010)
- Associate – Research and Management, EMBARQ India – The WRI Centre for Sustainable Transport (2011)
- Urban Developer, PCC Land (Thailand) (2011)
- Project Analyst, Ministry of Health and Politics (PE) (2011)
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
"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 MellinoSubject: Urban Economic Development MSc
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 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.
- 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 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