This MSc engages addresses the problem of urban decline, one of the most pressing issues affecting cities in the UK and worldwide. The programme will equip you with the ability to critically analyse complex urban issues, the boldness to address those issues in a creative, strategic manner, and the confidence to propose appropriate implementation plans.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
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. Flexible mode students normally attend half this amount.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
The Master's programme is fully accredited by both RTPI and RICS
Preferably 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 urban regeneration 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 when deciding whether to admit. 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 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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
You will acquire the latest knowledge of the social, economic and spatial issues involved in regenerating urban areas and you will gain a case-based, multidisciplinary experience of real urban regeneration schemes. The programme provides a platform for informed reflection on the latest theory and practice and will develop your creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits in total.
The Master of Science (MSc) programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits) plus a research dissertation (60 credits).
The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits), studies full-time over nine months,.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Urban Regeneration. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Urban Regeneration.
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.
- Urban Regeneration: Urban Problems and Problematics (15 credits)
- Urban Regeneration: Development Projects (15 credits)
- Case Studies in Preparing Regeneration Projects (15 credits)
- Case Studies in Implementing Regeneration Projects (15 credits)
- Critical Debates in Urban Regeneration (15 credits)
- Urban Design: Place Making (15 credits)
You can choose optional modules from across UCL which may include the following specialisms:
- Cities and the Environment
- Modules on the Global South from the Development Planning Unit (DPU)
- Sustainable Urban Development
- The Representation of Cities and other modules from the Urban Lab
- Transport Policy and Planning
- Urban Design
- Urban Economics and Politics
- Students taking RTPI accreditation must take the following:
- Planning Practice
- Plus either Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures or Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context
If you are studying the Master of Science (MSc) programme you must complete Dissertation in Planning (60 credits). This is In order to develop your research skills and critical thinking you will undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
There will be two field trips in the Reading Weeks of Term 1 and Term 2. The second one usually involves travelling abroad, to another European country, while the first one takes place in England.
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 individual and group project work, lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. You will participate for free in a field trip to mainland Europe and several site visits in the UK. You will be assessed through essays, individual and group projects, presentations, reports, an unseen written examination and the dissertation.
We make every effort to bundle teaching for the core modules on two days per week so that students studying on a flexible basis can attend lectures one day per week. However, due to timetabling and venue availability restrictions no guarantee can be given that we will be able to offer this every year. There is also no guarantee that the electives you may wish to choose will be offered on the same day as the rest of your classes. Your coursework may require you to dedicate more than one slot per week to fieldwork or study.
There are no additional costs involved in the field trip.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
- £15,000 (1 year)
- 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.
Graduates have been very successful in finding jobs in a wide variety of public, private and third sector organisations in the UK and around the world. Your career following graduation may include employment in a diverse range of areas like planning, real estate, regeneration and economic development consultancies; national and regional regeneration, housing and economic development agencies; local authorities; specific regeneration and local economic development programmes as well as voluntary and community sector organisations and NGOs. You may also wish to continue with further research for a PhD degree.
The programme will equip you with up-to-date knowledge, creative skills and a unique way of thinking about the built environment in an integrated manner. A diverse range of employers readily appreciate these attributes and often make direct requests for recommendations.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Bartlett School of Planning has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching in the UK and internationally since 1914. The programme, one of the oldest in The Bartlett, is delivered by globally distinguished academics.
You will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Upon graduation you will join both the UCL alumni network and the Urban Regeneration MSc network.
Following graduation you will also be eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Economic Development (IED) and, depending on your elective modules, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
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.
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?
You are welcome to apply if you are looking to re-tool for the urban renaissance challenge. Students often have backgrounds in urban planning, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, civil engineering, film studies, history, management and architecture or are professionals from the design and property professions or with administrative, business and community experience.
- 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.Apply now
What are we looking for?
In your application make sure you tell us:
- why you want to study Urban Regeneration at graduate level
- why you want to study Urban Regeneration 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 aims to deliver.
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