Urban planning is concerned with the complex management of change within the built and natural environment. This BSc, accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), gives you the skills to work in both traditional planning careers and in various related professional and specialist areas.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- No specific subjects.
- 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
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- This BSc, 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 eligible to apply for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which leads to full professional membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- London is undergoing rapid change in its urban and natural environments making this a special time to be studying contemporary urbanism in the city.
- The Bartlett has a strong history of research and leading policy advisory work, and it places itself at the heart of international debates on the future of cities and regions.
- Aside from the rich academic activities at the school, London offers students in planning an unrivalled concentration of professional meetings, exhibitions and events which will greatly enrich your education.
This programme is accredited by The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Holders of accredited undergraduate degrees are eligible to apply for Associate Member status. Associate membership provides a pathway to progress towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner. Graduates are eligible for Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) membership after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Planning.
- 81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
The programme shares common modules with the Urban Studies BSc, meaning you can move freely between the programmes up until the start of your final year.
The programme is based around three streams of modules. A hands-on project based stream entitled 'The Urban Laboratory' is designed to allow you to put into practice the knowledge gained through two other streams 'Understanding Urban Change' and 'Managing Urban Change'.
The programme offers the opportunity to study overseas for one term in the second year as part of the three-year degree. The school has long established links with many universities in Europe including Spain, Germany and the Netherlands as well as a growing list in the USA and Asia-Pacific including universities in Hong Kong and Melbourne.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Development of Cities and their Architecture*
Introducing Planning Systems
Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills
Management for Built Environment Professionals I
Planning History and Thought
Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills
* may be exchanged for a language
Economics of the City and their Regions
Management for Built Environment Professionals II
Planning Project: Plan Making
Urban Design: Theory to Practice
Urban and Environmental Politics
Urban Form and Formation OR Planning for a changing countryside*
Urban Lab II: Spatial Analysis
* may be exchanged for a language
Cities and Social Change
Development Project: Regeneration
Real Estate Development
Planning and Property Law
Regional Development Planning and Policy
Transport Policy and Planning
Urban Design: Space and Place
Urban Project Management
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.
Your final marks will reflect your success in a wide range of assessment types - examinations typically constitute about a third, with essays, individual projects and group work making up the balance. This is a distinctive feature of our planning programmes, and of The Bartlett's approach in particular.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Urban Planning, Design and Management 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 work in a vast range of positions - both within planning and in other sectors where their analytical, negotiating and problem-solving skills are valued. Demand for people with planning skills in the UK and abroad is strong. A rapidly growing field of work is 'urban regeneration', where people from many professions, sectors and organisations collaborate on urban and regional projects.
Graduates work in a variety of fields specialising in economic development, regeneration, social development, housing, travel, public space improvements and community participation. Due to the nature of our BSc programmes as a route for eligible membership of RICS/RTPI many of our graduates also go on to further study.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Graduate Chartered Surveyor, Savills
- Graduate Town Planner, Peter Brett Associates
- Graduate Planner, Southwark Council
- Graduate Engineer, WSP Group
- Graduate Surveyor, Bennett Homes
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £21,320 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
We will look for evidence of your interest in our subject in your personal statement. We hope to see demonstration of design skills, numerical skills, the ability to understand and solve complex problems, and effectiveness in communication. We will also assess your use of English and to what extent you possess an understanding of, and interest in, planning issues.
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
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.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students