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Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Flexible mode students normally attend half this amount.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,740 (FT)
Overseas:
£25,180 (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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with degrees of a lower classification 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 examination may be set; details can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

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.

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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 generic lessons and principles that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional/elective module (15 credits), a dissertation (60 credits) and a field trip (not credit bearing).

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.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.

Compulsory modules

  • Infrastructures as Agents of Change (15 credits)
  • Business Cases for Infrastructure (15 credits)
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making (15 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Infrastructure Funding, Financing and Investment (15 credits)
  • Infrastructure Policy, Planning and Consent (15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Major Infrastructure Investments (15 credits)
  • Major Infrastructure Planning Practice (15 credits)

Elective modules

Students choose one optional/elective module from:

  • UCL Bartlett School of Planning
  • UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit
  • UCL Geography
  • UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Please note that optional and elective modules are subject to availability and the approval of the home department.

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.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Fieldwork

Students will have the opportunity to visit a selection of some of the most important European infrastructure projects during a one week trip. In this way students will be able to appreciate directly the way that different contexts, including cultural, political and institutional, frame infrastructure decision-making in its planning, appraisal and delivery. In recent years students have visited and received specially arranged presentations from a wide range of senior professionals, civil servants and academics regarding:

  • France’s High Speed TGV network
  • 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

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, a field trip, 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.

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.

Accessibility

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

Funding

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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
Deadline: 14 May 2020
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
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

Students have gone on to take up positions in:

  • fund management
  • government
  • international financial institutions
  • international co-operation agencies
  • investment banking
  • community development
  • academia
  • consulting
  • 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.

Employability

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 into 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

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.

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates from civil engineering, planning, policy studies, project management, estate management, architecture, pertinent 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

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


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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