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City Planning MPlan

This two-year long full time Master's programme encourages students to think independently and critically about city and regional planning problems both domestically and internationally. It specifically emphasizes the importance of both a spatial and comparative perspective to planning.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 26 July 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £10,440 (FT)
Overseas: £19,190 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. The programme comprises 300 credits in total. The full-time fee quoted is for the first year only (150 credits); the fee in the second year will be subject to UCL's annual fee increase.

Accreditation:

The MPlan City Planning is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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:

About this degree

The programme equips students theoretically and practically, engaging them academically and in practice with planning and related fields of knowledge. Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and analytically across different spatial scales, from strategic to local - and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas - as they seek integrated solutions to defined planning problems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits.

MSc students must take seven compulsory modules (135 credits), one optional module (45 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), all assessed by either coursework or exam or both, and submit a 15,000-word dissertation or major personal project (90 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Pillars of Planning (30 credits)
  • Urban Design: Place Making (15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Environmental Justice (15 credits)
  • Plan Making Studio (30 credits)
  • Planning Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation in City Planning (90 credits)
  • Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Any open MSc module from the Bartlett School of Planning or Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis (15 credits)
  • Either Study Abroad in City Planning, orWork Placement in City Planning

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project comprising a proposal of 2,000 words and culminating in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Methods of delivery will vary (because of the flexible nature of the programme) but a student might encounter studio teaching, formal lectures, analytical modelling, small-group tutorials and discussion, formal presentations, and site visits. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, and project work.

Placement

Term two of year two is spent either as study abroad or in an industry placement.


Additional costs

The purchase of books many constitute an additional cost, but there is no requirement to purchase any book as part of the programme. Optional modules may incur additional expenses.

The option to study at a partner university or take a UK work placement incurs no extra cost but students will be expected to pay for their own travel. 


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.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Masters Scholarship

Note:
Deadline is 26 April (4pm GMT)
Value:
£10,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on financial need

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
Applications are now open!
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarships

Note:
Deadline is 12 July 2019 (5pm)
Value:
£9,200 towards fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

BSP Centenary Scholarship

Value:
£9,200 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Why study this degree at UCL?

In the second term of Year 2, students will have the option to study outside of the UK in one of our partner universities. Alternatively, you can take a work placement in the UK. 

UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for more than 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.

Located in the heart of London, which offers unique opportunities to study the complexities of contemporary urban design and planning processes, the school encourages students to engage with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through its programme of seminars, site visits and workshops.

Accreditation:

The MPlan City Planning is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This degree programme will be particularly suitable for students from architectural, planning, urban design, landscape, real estate or civil engineering backgrounds, although others might also be considered.

Application deadlines

All applicants
26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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Contact information

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