UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Urban Development Planning

The programme explores international practices in urban development policy, planning and management that address contemporary spatial, socio-economic and political transformations in cities of the Global South.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A minimum of 6 months work experience is also recommended. Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements 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 and an ability to engage academically with the subject matter.

Course modules

Core modules: The city and its relations (context, institutions and actors in urban development planning); urban development policy, planning and management (strategic action in theory and practice); practice in urban development planning. Options: Adapting cities to climate change in the global south; an introduction to public economies and public policies; communication, technologies and social power; critical urbanism studio i (learning from informality): case studies and alternatives; critical urbanism studio ii (investigative design strategies for contested spaces); disaster risk reduction in cities; gender in policy and planning; management and planning for development; housing policy, programme and project alternatives; management and planning for development: international and national dimensions; managing the city economy; NGOs and social transformation; participatory processes: building for development; political economy of development; political economy of development (industrialisation and infrastructure); political economy of development (land, food and agriculture); post disaster recovery (policies, practices and alternatives); social diversity, inequality and poverty; social policy and citizenship; sustainable infrastructure and services in development.

Assessment methods

Student performance is assessed through essays, coursework, team project reports, written examinations, the overseas field trip and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

British Council; Department for International Development Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFIDSSS) (Commonwealth).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 12,840 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 20,740 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Variable - 3 years
MSc Variable - 3 years
PgDip Full-time - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk
Telephone number: 
020 7679 1111