Transport and City Planning MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This MSc brings a cross-disciplinary focus to transport and urban planning which is unique, aiming to critically examine the current challenges of transitioning to sustainable travel behaviours and sustainable cities in the UK and internationally. The programme draws on the latest thinking and debates in transport, urban planning and major infrastructure project development.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£14,700
£7,350
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 academic year
2 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or other qualification of equivalent standard in Urban Planning, Geography, Engineering, Transport Planning, or related disciplines; and/or related work experience.

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.

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

The aim of the Transport and City Planning MSc (TCP) is to enable students to work effectively as transport and urban planning practitioners, moving beyond the disciplinary silos usually found in academia and practice. A key feature of the MSc is its integrative design across transport and urban planning disciplines - it sees transport as part of the planning of the sustainable city. It draws on a range of different theories and perspectives, with modules linked by common principles.

Who this course is for

This programme is likely to appeal to candidates wishing to work across disciplines and at the strategic levels. Candidates may come from backgrounds in transport planning, engineering, urban planning or geography. The programme is suited to graduates wishing to enter either the transport planning or urban planning professions, in the UK and abroad, and in the public and private sectors or civil society.

What this course will give you

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

There is a strong focus on transport and city planning in research activities at The Bartlett, UCL. Current activities include: e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility (GIZ), VIBAT (Visioning and Backcasting for Transport) (DfT, TfL), SINTROPHER (innovative public transport options in peripheral regions), SYNAPTIC (the seamless travel journey) (both EU), and the OMEGA centre (the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects). We work with various project funders such as Transport for London, UK Department for Transport, European Union, Asian Development Bank and European Investment Bank.

The MSc has Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accreditation as a ‘specialist’ four-year programme. Candidates can also apply to become members of the Transport Planning Society (TPS), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), or related organisations, on subscription.

The foundation of your career

This programme will equip students with the skills needed to work effectively as transport and planning practitioners in urban contexts in the public or third sector, for example in consultancy, central government, Transport for London (TfL), Greater London Authority (GLA), metropolitan authorities, local authorities, international investment banks, civil society and lobby groups. Potential employers also include international consultancies; such as Arup, AECOM and Atkins.

Employability

100% of graduates from this programme are in work and/or further study six months after graduating (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

The programme is attractive to candidates who wish to work across disciplines, and at the strategic policy development levels, with urban planning, geography, transport planning or engineering graduates, or wider specialists, who see their future work in transport planning as part of the design of sustainable cities. 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 postgraduates from a wide range of both private and public employers, within the transport planning or urban planning professions, or the nexus of strategy development and implementation.

Accreditation

If you hold an RTPI accredited undergraduate degree then successfully completing the MSc in Transport & City Planning (as either a full MSc or a PG Diploma) will make you eligible for membership of the RTPI.

You can also apply for Transport Planning Professional (TPP) membership as you start your career by submitting a portfolio.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, project work, and site visits. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group/individual projects and presentation, and a dissertation.

The School of Planning hope to run field trips as part of the programme, however these may be subject to restriction due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, for example it might be possible to offer a UK field trip rather than one to elsewhere in Europe. Students will be kept updated on plans.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits), taken over nine months if full-time study. .

Modules

Full-time

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules, one optional module, elective module(s) and a dissertation.

The MSc programme includes three key themes: transport planning, urban planning, and major infrastructure planning. Each includes two  modules. Two further elective modules are chosen from the Bartlett or wider at UCL. A dissertation completes the programme.

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 modules to the value of 180 credits. Students can either take the Transport Route or Planning Route. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Transport and City Planning. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Transport and City Planning.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees 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 may constitute an additional cost, but there is no requirement to purchase any book as part of the programme. Optional modules may incur additional expenses.

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

Centenary Scholarships are available to MSc Transport and City Planning students through the Bartlett School of Planning.

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. One or two TCP students per annum can apply for a Rees Jeffreys Road Fund scholarship, based on academic merit - contact the course director for details.

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Applications Open: 1 March 2022. Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Bartlett School of Planning Centenary Scholarship

Deadline: 30 June 2022
Value: £9,200 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

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 Transport and City Planning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Transport and City Planning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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 in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021