UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Building and Urban Design in Development

This programme combines cultural, social, economic, political and spatial analysis to recalibrate the urban design project, presenting a holistic response in which informality and marginality are central features.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; a 2nd acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than 2nd Class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience; applicants who do not hold a 1st 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.

Course modules

Core Modules: Transforming local areas (urban design for development); participatory process (building for development); the Budd studio (building and urban design practice). Optional modules: Adapting cities to climate change in the global south; 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; housing policy, programme and project alternatives; management and planning for development (international and national dimensions); post disaster recovery (policies, practices and alternatives); social diversity, inequality and poverty; social policy and citizenship; the city and its relations (context, institutions and actors in urban development planning); urban agriculture; urban development policy, planning and management (strategic action in theory and practice); urban environmental planning and management in development.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of weekly lectures, seminar presentations, group exercises and workshops. The BUDD studio includes a fieldwork project in an urban reality of the global south, developed in partnership with local organisations, networks of communities, slum dweller federations, universities and governments alike. Students are encouraged to explore different tools, concepts and ideas throughout the programme and test these during the field project. Assessment is through coursework, design work, written examinations and the 10,000-word report.

Sponsorship information

British Council; CONACYT (for Mexican students); DfIDSSS (Commonwealth).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,370 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 21,320 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,370 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,370 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,370 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Variable September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

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

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