UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Infrastructure Systems MSc

This cutting-edge programme will allow you to operate, adapt and design infrastructure so that critical services are sustainable, resilient, and productive.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, and to apply, visit the UCL prospectus site.

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Students from socio-technical disciplines or with infrastructure sector backgrounds will gain specialist skills, knowledge and understanding that enable you to operate, adapt and design infrastructure in a volatile, uncertain world. You will learn infrastructure specialisms that can offer opportunities for generations.  

The programme provides the learning to work together in teams, fundamental to good workplace collaboration, and to develop leadership and technical skills for infrastructure solutions in urban and rural settings.

The field of infrastructure is seeing an explosion in digitalisation, circular economy designs, and resilience principles, helping critical networks (like railways, telecommunications lines) to improve and add value to the myriad of individual, community and economic systems that depend on infrastructure. You will discover how complexity science can be used to frame problems and understand boundaries and interdependencies in the infrastructure sectors and how best to plan for effective interventions.

There is a compelling need for more professionals planning, designing, managing and operating infrastructure assets to have a stronger understanding, appreciation and capability in the system of infrastructure as a whole. The title adequately reflects the aims are both timely and relevant. Particular areas of topical relevance are those on digitalisation, circular economy and resilience, nicely aligned with other modules on decision making and public policy and governance. Professor Gordon Masterton REng, FRSE, FICE, FIStructE, FIES, MCIWEM.


  • Develop your understanding and ability to articulate challenges and design solutions for complex critical services delivered by integrated infrastructure sectors. 
  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills in systems approaches to manage, adapt, and replace both physical and virtual infrastructure systems.  
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team, with access to expertise in civil engineering, computer science, urban planning, environmental design and public policy.


  • Introduction to Complex Infrastructure Systems
  • Infrastructure Group Project
  • Systems, Society, Sustainability
  • Risk, Reliability and Resilience
  • Digitalisation in Infrastructure
  • Circular Economy in Engineering
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Policy
  • Lab/PEARL dissertation project
  • Business case dissertation project
  • Public policy dissertation project

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Key information


Full-time: one calendar year
Part-time: two calendar years

Entry requirements

UK Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Architecture, Mathematics or socio-technical disciplines with at least 2.1; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or candidates who hold extensive and relevant industry experience (5+ years of employment in an infrastructure operator). 

Offers will be subject to an interview and will require good English skills. 

Read the full entry requirements for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Application deadline

Applications for 2023 entry will open on 25 January 2023 and close on 30 June 2023. We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are oversubscribed and competition is high. 


UCL does not accept requests to defer, unless in cases of exceptional circumstances. If you wish to be considered for the following year then you must reapply in the next admissions cycle.

Tier 4 Student visa holders

Tier 4 Student visa holders are required to meet the English language proficiency with sufficient time to allow them to obtain a CAS number and visa.

Accepting your offer

To accept your offer, you must pay the non-refundable fee deposit and decline any other offers for programmes. If you do not respond within the given time indicated on your UCL offer letter, then your offer will be withdrawn.

Fees and funding


This programme draws upon the related and internationally recognised expertise within the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Department (CEGE).