This Master's of Public Administration prepares the next generation of leaders and decision makers to tackle complex infrastructure challenges, from mitigating climate change and developing clean energy to expanding green infrastructures and improving integrated transport networks. Graduates gain the tools, practical skills and knowledge to develop robust infrastructure policies to align infrastructure investment with economic, social and environmental goals.
Modes and duration
Part-time students will typically be required to attend on two half days per week in term time (4-6hrs in total per week). The timings of the sessions will be dependant on the MPA route followed by the student.
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.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
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About this degree
Students are taught the conceptual frameworks, analytical methods and practical approaches to develop infrastructure policies across a range of sectors. Students also study how policy shapes infrastructure service delivery, regulation and investment decision-making. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight 15 credit modules (five of which are common across the MPA suite of programmes, two are route specific and one is an elective choice from any other STEaPP module).
Students may choose either an MPA Individual Project or the MPA Group Project as their final 60 credit module.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MPA in Sustainable Infrastructures and Public Policy.
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 five core modules together with students from sister MPA programmes, and two route/specialist modules which focus on their MPA degree topic.
Students then have one further elective choice in which they may select one further module from any STEaPP are providing in that year. Students also have a choice for their final project, in which they may take either an MPA Individual Project or the MPA Group Project.
- Public Administration
- Evidence for Decision Making
- Foundations in Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Policy (Route Specific)
- Policy Making
- Knowledge and Governance
- Analytical Methods for Policy
- Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Policy (Route Specific)
- MPA Individual Project or MPA Group Project
Students must select one STEaPP module as an additional module, in 2021-22 these will likely be as follows:
- Gender and Technology
- Risk Assessment and Governance
- Clean Energy and Development
- Science Funding and Governance
- Development, Technology and Innovation in Policy
- Emerging Dilemmas in Digital Technology Policy
- Urban Innovation and Policy
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
MPA students may chose between an MPA Individual Project or MPA Group Project for their final piece of work. In the Group Project, students work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge. With the support of STEaPP academic staff, the multidisciplinary student groups work together to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs. For the Individual Project, students may develop a dissertation, policy analysis or other research project to work on (indivdually or with an existing employer/organisation).
Teaching and learning
The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios, simulations and case studies are designed to help students consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant skills.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 this Master's of Public Administration acquire skills to work in a range of infrastructure sectors or policy organisations. Career destinations might include national and local government; utility providers or regulators; international agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and other global organisations; technology companies focused on innovations in infrastructure systems; environment agencies; consultancies and think tanks.
Throughout the MPA programme, students will:
- gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in infrastructure policy, focusing on the alignment of infrastructure planning and investment with environmental, economic and social goals;
- develop an understanding of the knowledge systems and public engagement processes underpinning infrastructure policy development;
- learn how to communicate with engineers, policy makers and technology experts;
- develop the skills to mobilise public policy, and science and engineering knowledge and expertise, to address societal challenges relating to infrastructure policy.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The demands placed on infrastructure systems to support population growth, improve living standards, mitigate and adapt to climate change and adapt to new technologies are vast. Policy development requires strategy and leadership to address these challenges, leveraging innovations and actively shaping social and economic transitions to improve public health, quality of life, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. This practical programme offers experiential learning to develop the skillset required for infrastructure policy development.
Students undertake a week-long scenario activity on the policy making process where they engage with external experts and UCL academics. Students go on to undertake the MPA Group Project for a real-world client, or the MPA Individual Project based on their own interest, or in conjunction with an existing employer/organisation they have sourced. Example policy problems include renewable energy sources, sustainable mobility, or emerging digital technologies.
Students will gain the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert staff and a diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes.
Department: Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy
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?
This professional, applied degree is suitable for those who wish to develop competencies in infrastructure policy; or those with a background in science, technology or engineering who aim to work with policy. No technical background is required, but students should be willing to engage with technical scientific and engineering concepts.
- All 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 Sustainable Infrastructures and Public Policy at graduate level
- why you want to study Sustainable Infrastructures and Public Policy 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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