This programme offers a unique focus on the relationship between real estate, the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It explores the systems through which urban development operates and considers market mechanisms from the standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings, and the relationship of markets and policy at various geographical levels.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Part-time and Flexible students normally attend half this amount but this may include taught sessions on more than one day per week
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
The Master's programme is fully accredited by both RTPI and RICS
An upper second-class honours Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning and real estate education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Applicants who do not hold an upper second-class degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning real estate or a related field.
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.
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
The programme equips students with theoretical and practical preparation to practise across international boundaries in real estate fields (including property market analysis, property investment and development) and planning and urban policy.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in International Real Estate and Planning. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in International Real Estate and 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.
- Planning Practices in Europe (15 credits)
- Real Estate Appraisal (15 credits)
- Real Estate Development (15 credits)
- Real Estate Investment (15 credits)
- Comparative Urban Projects (15 credits)
- Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning (15 credits)
- Dissertation in Planning (60 credits)
Students may choose any elective modules from across UCL, subject to availability and the approval of the home department.
Students wishing to attain RTPI accreditation and who do not hold an accredited undergraduate degree, must take Planning Practice (15 credits) and either Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context (15 credits) or Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (15 credits).
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation.
All students will take part in an international field trip, usually to a city in Europe, in term two of the programme.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), individual and group work, student presentations, seminars, study visits, workshops and an overseas field trip. Assessment is through coursework, written examination and the dissertation.
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 cost of the field trip (flights and accommodation) will be covered by UCL.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of the programme who were not already employed have taken jobs in private and public organisations in the field of real estate and planning in the UK and abroad.
Graduates of the International Real Estate and Planning MSc have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, and at present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. This programme prepares students both theoretically and practically to practise across international boundaries in the fields of urban policy, real estate market analysis and property development. Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitudes to become creative, problem-solving professionals and to co-operate and engage creatively with others as both team members and team leaders. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field. Many pursue careers as commercial real estate surveyors, or planning consultants.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The 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 over 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.
Students will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Graduates of the programme will join both the UCL alumni network and the International Real Estate and Planning MSc network.
This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), either with the requisite module selections or where it is taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year planning degree.
The Master's programme is fully accredited by both RTPI and RICS
Department: Bartlett School of Planning
Application and 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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for graduates from planning, architecture, pertinent social sciences (economics, geography, and history), real estate, estate management and related degrees. Many students have some post-degree professional experience. It is especially suitable for people who wish to practise internationally and to break the boundaries between built environment professions.
- 1 April 2021
- Part-time and Flexible/Modular applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study International Real Estate and Planning at graduate level
- why you want to study International Real Estate and Planning 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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