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Sustainable Urbanism MSc

The MSc in Sustainable Urbanism has been designed to bring together urban sustainability theory, policy and design in a ground-breaking programme which is not offered anywhere else in the UK. It is intended for those interested in a career in built environment related professions with a focus on urban sustainability/sustainable development and takes a multidisciplinary approach.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 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

Full-time
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:

Sucessfully completing the MSc Sustainable Urbanism (as a full MSc rather than a PG Diploma) will make you eligible for graduate membership of the RICS.

If you hold an RTPI accredited Undergraduate degree then sucessfully completing the MSc Sustainable Urbanism (as either a full MSc or a PG Diploma) will make you eligible for 'licentiate' membership of the RTPI.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience in planning or a related field when deciding whether to admit a candidate. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field. In such situations, 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 offers urban professionals a theoretical understanding of the range of disciplines that together contribute to the delivery of sustainable urbanism, and explores the conceptual and technical skills necessary to create sustainable urban environments.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The Master of Science (MSc) programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/research project (60 credits).

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two elective modules (30 credits) studied full-time over nine months.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Sustainable Urbanism. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Sustainable Urbanism.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Sustainable Urban Development: Key Themes (15 credits)
  • Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism (15 credits)
  • Urban Design: Place Making (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Property: Valuation, Investment, Development (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Urban Development: Project (30 credits)

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities and the Environment
  • The Representation of Cities
  • Sustainable Urban Design

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in either a dissertation of 10,000-words or project work equivalent. This is either Major Research Project (60 credits) or Dissertation in Planning (60 credits).

Fieldwork

For students commencing their studies in September 2020, we cannot guarantee that field trips will be permitted, or can be made safe and viable. We are working on the basis that non-UK group travel will be highly unlikely, but we will continue to explore possibilities for UK-based trips later in the year. We are also exploring options to provide alternative enhancements to your programme if travel is restricted. Once we have more information, we will contact all involved, but you should not anticipate non-UK travel being a part of your programme in 2020-21.


Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through theoretical discussions, focused case study methods and hands-on project work. Assessment is through individual and group work, essays, examination, skills-based practical work, and the personal project.

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. Travel and accommodation for the compulsory fieldtrip is paid by the Bartlett School of Planning.

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

Centenary Scholarships are availalbe to MSc Sustainable Urbanism students through the Bartlett School of Planning. 

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
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

Graduate students from The Bartlett School of Planning have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment. At present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers around the world. While a main source of employment remains in local government and central government planning and in planning-related consultancy (Arup, Aecom, BioRegional, WWF, Future of London, etc), graduates are also employed in the housing and transport sectors; planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies; public and private utility companies; urban design consultancy (various planning, engineering and architecture firms); and teaching and research.

Employability

This programme is ideal for those who have no relevant work experience and want to forge a planning career right through to those who have extensive relevant work experience but want to consolidate their skills and knowledge. Students are taught by a range of theorists and sustainable urbanism practitioners including Bill Dunster (founder of ZEDfactory Ltd), Professor Yvonne Rydin, Dr Catalina Turcu and Professor Matthew Carmona.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research, and has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for almost 100 years. It is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, and students are taught by a range of top theorists and practitioners working in the field of sustainable urbanism.

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) if taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year undergraduate planning degree.

Accreditation:

Sucessfully completing the MSc Sustainable Urbanism (as a full MSc rather than a PG Diploma) will make you eligible for graduate membership of the RICS.

If you hold an RTPI accredited Undergraduate degree then sucessfully completing the MSc Sustainable Urbanism (as either a full MSc or a PG Diploma) will make you eligible for 'licentiate' membership of the RTPI.

Department: Bartlett School of Planning

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"London is the hub of the most interesting things going on in the UK, with governmental organisations, built environment consultancies and some great academic institutions."

Dr Robin Hickman

I direct the Transport and City Planning MSc. I also teach on the Sustainable Urbanism MSc and Mega Investment Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc.
Senior Lecturer in Transport 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 directed at urban professionals from a range of fields including planning, property, design, landscape and transport, seeking to enhance their understanding of sustainable processes and practices. It will also be valuable to graduates completing their initial professional training who wish to specialise in this field.

Application deadlines

Full-time
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 Sustainable Urbanism at graduate level
  • why you want to study Sustainable Urbanism 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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