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Dr Jessica Ferm

Email: j.ferm@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5014

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Subject area:

Urban Planning and Urban Studies

Faculty overview:

Faculty of the Built Environment

Department website:

Bartlett School of Planning

Key Facts

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Planning and Real Estate BSc

UCAS code: K430

This programme combines a strong emphasis on understanding the challenges facing urban professionals in the 21st century with a focus on property markets, investment decisions and real estate economics. It is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • The Bartlett's strong research track record and links to professional practice will feed into the core and specialist aspects of the programme, ensuring that contemporary issues are constantly addressed.
  • In addition to the academic activities at the school, London offers planning students an unrivalled concentration of professional meetings, exhibitions and events which will greatly enrich your education.
  • The Bartlett maintains an international outlook and provides opportunities for combined study overseas in Europe, North America, Australia and Hong Kong.

The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with a coherent understanding of urbanism and the built environment, with a particular focus on the role of real estate investment, development and appraisal. It enables students to combine a sound theoretical foundation with an awareness of practice, and provides knowledge about the various roles and responsibilities of urban professionals in society.

Students will be equipped with relevant theories, methodologies, skills, and techniques taken from both the social science and design disciplines that aim to develop a capacity for creative thinking and problem solving.

This BSc allows you to obtain a degree which, if followed by an appropriate Graduate Diploma or MSc programme, leads to eligibility for professional membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). After graduation you are also eligible for professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Your learning

The School of Planning advocates and employs a very interactive, hands-on form of learning. Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials we include field visits, group project work, and laboratory and design work sessions to improve your learning experience.


Means of assessment are balanced throughout the programme with a combination of individual and group work, essays, project work and other skills-based practical work.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Contemporary Cities
Economic Concepts for Planning and Real Estate
Introducing Planning Systems
Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills
Making Cities
Management for Built Environment Professionals I
Planning History and Thought
Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Green Futures
Economics of Cities and their Regions
Management for Built Environment Professionals II
Planning Project: Plan Making
Real Estate Economics
Urban and Environmental Politics
Urban Design: Theory to Practice
Urban Lab II: Spatial Analysis

Year Three

Compulsory courses

Cities and Social Change
Development Project: Regeneration
Finance and Investment Appraisal
Land and Property Development
Property and Planning Law
Real Estate Valuation
Regional Development Planning and Policy
Urban Project Management

Further details on department website: Planning and Real Estate BSc


The programme enables you to acquire highly transferable knowledge and skills such as data collection and analysis; resolution of problems and conflicts; negotiation and mediation; presenting complex data and ideas; managing work tasks; preparing and writing professional reports; and preparing and using graphics for effective presentations.

Graduates will be equipped to take up employment in a vast range of positions with the property and planning sectors where their analytical, negotiating and problem-solving skills will be valued. Demand for people with planning skills combined with knowledge of the real estate sector in the UK and abroad is strong.

Due to the nature of our BSc programmes as a route for eligible membership of RICS/RTPI, it is also expected that many of our students will go on to further study.


The first cohort of students admitted to this programme will graduate in 2015. First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of related programmes include:

  • Full-time student, MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration, University of Cambridge (2012)
  • Planning Designer, Western Homes (2011)
  • Graduate Surveyor, CBRE (2011)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Urbanisation and Development at LSE (2011)
  • Urban Designer, SPPARC (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

We will look for evidence of your interest in our subject in your personal statement. We hope to see a demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, the links between urban planning, design and real estate, as well as an ability to understand and solve complex problems, numerical skills, and effectiveness in communication. We will also assess your use of English.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


Shortlisted applicants living in or near to the UK are invited to an applicant open day. This will typically include an introduction to UCL and the School of Planning, a planning activity combined with a short walk and on-site lecture, and an interactive Q&A session with members of staff and current students.

You may be asked to submit an essay in support of your application. We welcome applications from people with non-standard qualifications, including those who have relevant study or work experience. Please contact us if you need further advice about the acceptability of non-standard qualifications.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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