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Course content

This is a new and unique two-year long full time Master's programme which encourages students to think independent and critically about city and regional planning problems both domestically and internationally. It specifically emphasizes the importance of both a spatial and comparative perspective to planning.

Degree information

The programme equips students theoretically and practically, engaging them academically and in practice with planning and related fields of knowledge. Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and analytically across different spatial scales, from strategic to local - and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas - as they seek integrated solutions to defined planning problems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 300 credits.

MSc students must take seven compulsory modules (135 credits), one optional modules (45 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), all assessed by either coursework or exam or both, and submit a 15,000-word dissertation or major personal project (90 credits).

Core modules
-Spatial Planning: Concepts and Contexts (15 credits)
-Pillars of Planning (30 credits)
-Urban Design: Place Making (15 credits)
-Sustainability and Environmental Justice (15 credits)
-Plan Making Studio (30 credits)
-Planning Practice (15 credits)
-Dissertation in City Planning (90 credits)
-Major Personal Project in City Planning (90 credits)
-Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures (15 credits)

Optional modules
-Any open MSc module from the Bartlett School of Planning or Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis (15 credits)
-Either Study Abroad in City Planning
-Work Placement in City Planning

All students undertake an independent research project compising a proposal of 2,000 words and culminating in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Methods of delivery will vary (because of the flexible nature of the programme) but a student might encounter studio teaching, formal lectures, analytical modelling, small-group tutorials and discussion, formal presentations, and site visits. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, and project work.

Term two of year two is spent as a choice of study abroad or industry placement. 45 credits for the placement.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Bartlett School of Planning has a strong history of teaching and research at all levels. The school has been at the forefront of planning research and teaching for more than 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.

Located in the heart of London, which offers unique opportunities to study the complexities of contemporary urban design and planning processes, the school encourages students to engage with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through its programme of seminars, site visits and workshops.

Visit the City Planning - MPlan page on the University College London website for more details!





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