UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Social Development Practice

This programme offers a critical approach to people-centred development, addressing the challenges for equitable citizenship in the context of social diversity and globalisation, particularly in urban contexts. Participants engage in a critical analysis of the theory and practice of social development alongside gaining the skills required to be a reflective social development practitioner.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a good 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and a demonstrable interest in the subject matter of the programme. Candidates who do not meet the above requirements may be considered if they are able to demonstrate relevant work experience and an ability to engage academically with the subject matter of the degree. Applicants who do not hold a recognised undergraduate 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: Social policy and citizenship; social diversity, inequality, and poverty; social development in practice. options: adapting cities to climate change in the global south; communication, technologies and social power; disaster risk reduction in cities; gender in policy and planning; housing policy, programme and project alternatives; management and planning for development; managing the city economy; NGOs and social transformation; urban agriculture; urban development policy, planning and management; urban environmental planning and management in development.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classroom exercises, and fieldwork within the UK and abroad. Practical work, including the overseas group fieldwork report, will comprise part of the total accreditation. Student performance is assessed through course work, examinations, and a dissertation report.

Sponsorship information

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


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
MSc Variable - 2 years
MSc Variable - 2 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