Development Administration and Planning MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This MSc equips students with the analytical, methodological and practical expertise needed to positively contribute to development in countries where they are actively involved. Students acquire the tools necessary to respond to a diverse range of problems including productive capacity, intersectoral integration, economic and social diversification, and self-sufficiency.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
£8,250
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience.

In rare cases, applicants with degrees below this standard will be considered if they have significant relevant professional experience.

In all cases, successful applicants are expected to provide good references and a strong personal statement, which adequately demonstrate the applicant’s interest in the topics addressed by this programme.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


Students develop the ability to analyse the development process and to formulate appropriate policies for meeting development goals. The overseas practice engagement, which involves work with partners in a country in the Global South, provides the opportunity to study the challenges and possibilities encountered in development, and the cultural, administrative and institutional context in which decisions are made.

Who this course is for

The programme will appeal to those interested in the development of a more socially just and economically equitable world. We encourage professionals as well as recent graduates with a strong academic record to apply. Strongly interdisciplinary, this programme attracts students from various social science disciplines, lawyers, public administrators, economists and politicians, amongst others.

What this course will give you

The Development Planning Unit (DPU) at UCL is an international centre concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in the policy, planning and management of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Its programmes are supported by international agencies and by national and provincial governments.

DPU conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south.

This MSc examines and analyses the theory and practice of development administration at international, national and regional levels to provide participants with an understanding of the processes generating social change and with the skills and abilities to respond.

The foundation of your career

The central objective of this programme is to equip participants with the analytical, methodological and practical expertise necessary to make a positive contribution to the development effort in countries with which they are engaged.  

Employability

Graduates are engaged in a range of professional activities including local, regional and national government, consultancy firms, national and international NGOs, United Nations programmes and international aid agencies. A small proportion of graduates pursue advanced research degrees while several work as academics in leading universities or as independent consultants.

Teaching and learning

The MSc employs a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, group work and discussion, employing both face-to-face and online media to give access to a wide range of learning inputs and activities.

Assessment of student performance in modules generally focuses on two types of activities and outputs: coursework and written examinations. The weighting that is given to each module component in the final module mark will be found in the DPU Master'¿s Degree Programme Guide to Modules.

The MSc programme represents approximately 1,800 hours of student learning time. This involves a number of activities such as lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, practice engagements, project work, private reading, writing and revising for examinations. Full-time students should commit to an average of at least 35 hours of study a week throughout the programme of study. All other commitments should be secondary to this time.

The programme is organised as a number of modules. A module comprises several of the above elements. Each module involves a number of hours of learning time and is measured in credits. For example, a 15-credit module involves around 150 hours of student learning time, while a 30-credit module generally requires twice that level.

Modules

Full-time
The programme is structured so that 75% of the taught components (90 credits) are devoted to the core subjects of development administration and planning and 25% (30 credits) to an option or options from a range of modules on offer. The compulsory modules provide the theoretical and methodological components of the programme while the optional module(s) allow you to examine different problems and approaches in accordance to your own particular interests.
 
In order to qualify for the MSc degree in Development Administration and Planning (DAP), you must also undertake an independent research project, culminating in the production of a 10,000-word dissertation. The dissertation research is likely to be desk-based, presenting an argument in favour of a particular position or hypothesis, and supported by the application of concepts of theory, method and practice, as well as by the lessons of experience. You have the option of focusing on a case study, or on a more generalised argument, though in either case your argument will be supported by a coherent combination of conceptual logic and empirical evidence. You will be assigned an individual supervisor, whose role is to provide guidance through prompt and constructive criticism and advice on the topic of the dissertation, as well as to agree on an appropriate plan of work.
All taught modules on the programme are delivered in terms 1 and 2, except for the practice module, which is delivered in terms 2 and 3. The dissertation is undertaken during terms 2 and 3 and over summer, with a final submission at the end of the summer (September).

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Development Administration and Planning.

Fieldwork

The programme includes an overseas practice engagement, employing online and face-to-face approaches to facilitate field work with partners in a country in the Global South. In recent years, DPU overseas practice engagements have involved collaborating with partners in Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Turkey, Thailand, Jordan, Cambodia, Myanmar and Colombia. Scheduled in Term 3, (typically April/May), the overseas practice engagements are run as one of the components in the MSc Practice Modules.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All costs, including partner and facilitation expenses and travel-related, where travel is possible, will be covered from within programme fees. Personal expenses must, as normal, be covered by the student regardless of whether activities take place in person or remotely.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

Applicants may be eligible for the Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship.

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Applications Open: 1 March 2022. Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: Overseas

GREAT Scholarship

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Next steps

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Development Administration and Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • what do you think you will bring to the programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021