Urban Studies BSc
This programme has been designed with a range of professional career opportunities in mind. It offers great flexibility for students curious to explore a broader range of studies relating to the built environment, as well as other subjects with a different focus offered elsewhere in UCL and other University of London institutions.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects.
- Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- No specific subjects.
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
This degree provides a broad-based education in urbanism and the built environment, offering flexibility to choose additional related modules across UCL and benefit from the wide educational offerings across the university.
The Bartlett has a strong history of research and leading policy advisory work. It places itself at the heart of international debates on the future of cities and regions.
Based in London, we are able to offer our students a range of fascinating 'live projects' to use as case studies in their academic work, access to a diverse range of employers, and an unrivalled concentration of professional meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and events.
The school has a strong international outlook and provides opportunities for combined study overseas in Europe, North America, Australia and Hong Kong.
This BSc does not lead to eligibility for professional membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). If students are interested in gaining these accreditations, they would be advised to choose one of our sister programmes, the Urban Planning, Design and Management BSc or the Planning and Real Estate BSc. Alternatively, students can apply for a suitable accredited Master's programme following graduation, which would be an alternative route leading to eligibility for professional membership.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The Urban Studies BSc shares common modules with the Urban Planning, Design and Management BSc, but allows a more flexible mode of study. In addition to a specified number of core modules, students are free to choose from a range of eligible modules across the faculty and university in the second and third years.
Core modules are structured around the three streams of understanding, managing and delivering urban change. They include a range of theoretical and practical modules in the urban planning, social science and design disciplines.
The programme offers the opportunity to study overseas for a term in the second year. The school has long-established links with many universities in Europe as well as a growing list in the USA and the Asia-Pacific including universities in Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Over the second and third years, Urban Studies students can choose seven eligible and related modules from across The Bartlett and UCL. This includes the option of taking a language, selected from one of the 17 (or more) languages taught in UCL's Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Introducing Planning Systems
Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills
Management for Built Environment Professionals I
Planning History and Thought
Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills
Core or compulsory module(s)
Economics of Cities and their Regions
Strategic Planning Project
Cities and Social Change
Urban Lab II: Spatial Analysis
You will take 45 credits of optional undergraduate modules offered within the School of Planning or other departments of UCL.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Urban and Environmental Politics
Real Estate Development
Transport Policy and Planning
Regional Development Planning and Policy
You will take 60 credits of optional undergraduate modules offered within the School of Planning or other departments of UCL.
The School of Planning advocates and employs a very interactive, hands-on form of learning. Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials we include field visits, group project work, and laboratory and design work sessions to improve your learning experience.
Your final marks will reflect your success in a wide range of assessment types. Examinations typically constitute about a third, with essays, individual projects and group work making up the balance. This is a distinctive feature of our planning programmes, and of The Bartlett's approach in particular. As an Urban Studies student, the balance of your assessments will depend on the free modules chosen in the second and third years.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Urban Studies BSc.
The programme enables you to acquire highly transferable knowledge and skills such as data collection, analysis and presentation, graphic skills, resolution of problems and conflicts, negotiation and mediation, team work and leadership, managing work tasks, preparing and writing professional reports, as well as written, graphic and oral presentation skills.
Graduates work in a vast range of positions in the private, public and third sectors within the built environment and urbanism disciplines (such as planning, property, urban design, economic development, housing, transport, and regeneration), as well as in other sectors where their analytical, negotiating, problem-solving and creative skills are valued.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £25,770 (2019/20)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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