Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the infrastructure field. The programme offers a holistic approach to the field offering decision-making and problem-solving that lead to more robust investment outcomes.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£16,100
£8,050
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£32,100
£16,050
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. Applicants with degrees of a lower classification (minimum of 2:2 in all cases) but with considerable senior-level professional experience may also be accepted, and for applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying essay may be set.

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: Level 2

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

This MSc provides a critical review of infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how 'fit for purpose' these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on transferable lessons, principles and practical tools that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for graduates from civil engineering, planning, policy studies, project management, estate management, architecture, economics and finance, social sciences and other relevant fields. It provides enhanced capacity building opportunities for those currently working in infrastructure development and offers an invaluable grounded qualification for new entrants into the field.

What this course will give you

Originally based on the work of the OMEGA Centre, the programme still draws on the numerous studies undertaken in this field by the Centre and other leading research institutions. 

The programme is interdisciplinary and international, drawing from experiences both in the developed and developing world. It seeks to provide students with insights, knowledge and skills that will assist them in planning, appraising and delivering future infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.

The foundation of your career

The programme has been conceived to provide enhanced capacity-building opportunities for those currently working in the field of infrastructure development and offers an invaluable qualification for new entrants to the field. With strong links to industry, government and academia on a global scale, a very high percentage of past students have gone on to find placements within the first year after graduation.

Employability

Students have gone on to take up positions in:

  • infrastructure fund management
  • local, regional and national government
  • international financial institutions
  • international co-operation agencies
  • investment banking
  • infrastructure planning and community development
  • academia
  • consulting, both infrastructure related and more broadly
  • the construction industry
  • research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban, regional and environmental planning.

Graduates have also undertaken PhD studies at The Bartlett School of Planning.

Accreditation

Completion of the MSc programme leads to eligibility for professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The MSc programme is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a 'specialist' fourth year for graduate students who have successfully completed an RTPI-accredited three-year undergraduate programme, and by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Further Learning programme for holders of a Chartered Engineer (CEng) accredited first degree.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, individual and group project work, and skills-based practical project work, with direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination and project work.

In terms 1 and 2 full-time students can typically expect between 8 and 15 contact hours per teaching week through lectures, workshops, tutorials and site visits. In term 3 students will be completing their own dissertation research, keeping regular contact with their dissertation supervisors

Outside of lectures full-time students typically study the equivalent of a full-time job, using their remaining time for self-directed study and completing coursework assignments.

 


A Postgraduate Diploma, seven core modules (105 credits), one optional/elective module (15 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2 to 5 years is offered.

Modules

The programme is inter-disciplinary and international, aimed at developing a critical understanding of the theory and practice of infrastructure planning, implementation and the development associated with it.

During Term one you will investigate: infrastructure as an agent of change; risk analysis and management; strategic planning; development of business cases including the financial, strategic, economic, management and commercial domains; the fundamentals of cost benefit analysis and project appraisal. These modules set the foundation for the Masters. You will also embark upon a group project exercise focusing on a selected project from the UK's major infrastructure project pipeline in order to start honing your infrastructure planning skills.

In term two you will study: financing and funding mechanisms for infrastructure; infrastructure policy, regulatory and consenting regimes; and either the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development or the environmental and social impact assessment of infrastructure. These topics further develop key concepts learnt during term one. In addition you will also complete the group project exercise and prepare your dissertation proposal to undertake during Term three and over the summer.

NB: You must complete BPLN0029 Sustainability and Major Infrastructure Investments OR BPLN0112 Environmental and Social Assessment of Infrastructure by the end of the programme studies.

Elective: You will have a free choice of one elective module (subject to approval from the course director) to be taken during either term one or two.

Term three and the summer are set aside for examinations and for you to complete your Dissertation in Planning.

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development.

Fieldwork

We will run field trips as part of our postgraduate degree programmes. We expect to be able to run our trips to continental European destinations unless there are any further Covid-19 restrictions.

In recent years students have visited important European infrastructure projects and have received specially arranged presentations from a wide range of senior professionals, civil servants and academics regarding:

  • France's High Speed TGV network
  • Port of Hamburg
  • Haffen City Hamburg
  • The Rotterdam Central Station
  • The Randstaad Rail and the Maeslant Barrier in the Netherlands
  • The Brussels Station area development
  • The Öresund Link in Sweden and Denmark

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: MSc/MRes Urban Spatial Science Q&A

Join us for a virtual open day presentation and Q&A for prospective students interested in our MSc/MRes programmes in Urban Spatial Science at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Programme leaders Dr Andrew Maclachlan and Dr Duncan Smith will introduce the degrees and be on call to answer any questions you may have. A current student will also be present to discuss their experience of CASA and life at UCL.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: MSc Development Administration & Planning

This will be an opportunity for prospective DAP students around the world to meet staff, tutors, and alumni, understand the programme, ask questions about the application process (what to look for in an application), discover what the programme offers beyond the curriculum and learn about its future prospects. This event will be crucial for prospective students to make an informed decision about pursuing postgraduate studies at the DPU.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £16,100 £8,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100 £16,050

Programme also available 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

The purchase of books many constitute an additional cost, but there is no requirement to purchase any book as part of the programme. There are no additional costs involved in the field trip.

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 School of Planning and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

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

Brown Family Bursary

Deadline: 8 June 2023
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

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 Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen 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.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa are strongly advised to submit their application before June.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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