The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Build your future in planning for international and urban development

Study a master's degree in Development Planning at UCL - ranked #1 in the world for Built Environment studies.

We believe in a just world in which all participants in society are equally able to choose, plan and manage their own lives and communities, and to influence local, national and global development in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

At The Bartlett Development Planning Unit our mission is to promote socially just and sustainable development in the global south through teaching and research that strengthens the capacity of professionals in government, NGOs and other institutions to design and implement innovative, sustainable and inclusive strategies.

We're part of The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment, ranked #1 in the world for Built Environment studies according to the QS World University Subject Ranking 2023.

Are you ready to take the next step towards a career advancing socially just sustainable development?

Discover our postgraduate degrees and register your interest in studying with us today to receive our latest updates and invitations to upcoming open days and taster sessions.

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Our degrees

Building and Urban Design in Development MSc

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This degree combines cultural, social, economic, political and spatial analysis to give a holistic response to growing complexities in the design and production of urban form.
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Development Administration and Planning MSc

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Examine how policy, programme and community-level interventions can be employed to promote social justice and address key development challenges.
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Environment and Sustainable Development MSc

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Gain the theoretical and practical skills to promote environmental justice in the context of the Global South.
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Health in Urban Development MSc

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Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on the interrelationships between formal and informal urban contexts, health disparities, social justice and development planning in the Global South. 
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Social Development Practice MSc

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This degree takes a critical approach to ‘people-centred’ development, addressing the challenges for promoting well-being and equitable citizenship in the context of social diversity and globalisation.
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Urban Development Planning MSc

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Learn the analytical and practical tools for socially and spatially just urban development planning and confront the contemporary challenges in cities and urban areas in the Global South. 
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Urban Economic Development MSc

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Develop knowledge and critical thinking about the challenges of achieving equitable, prosperous and sustainable cities, and putting knowledge into practice by engaging in field work in London and a city of the Global South.
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