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There is growing demand for infrastructure investment globally as traditional sources of public funding and finance can no longer be presumed to provide the required levels of capital. This innovative MSc considers the perspectives of procuring infrastructure as well as providing the private finance to deliver the required investments to close the infrastructure gap.

About this degree

With a strong commercial focus, the MSc in Infrastructure Investment and Finance (IIF) provides candidates with a well-balanced mix of economic and financial theory as well as industry practice, including modules exploring:

  • the economics and finance of infrastructure development and delivery
  • the history and future of infrastructure investment at global, national and sector levels, and the key determinants of total and sector investment levels
  • the impact of government policy, funding and private capital markets on investment in infrastructure
  • the role of regulation in incentivising private investment
  • the cost of capital for infrastructure investment and the allocation of risk in contracted delivery
  • the commercial perspective of infrastructure project sponsors, lenders, investors and contractors throughout the procurement, design, construction and operation of infrastructure assets.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight core modules (120 credits) is offered.

Compulsory modules

  • Financing Infrastructure: Fundamentals and Innovations in Funding and Financing
  • Infrastructure using a Special Purpose Vehicle
  • Infrastructure: Economic Principles and Policy
  • Infrastructure as an Asset Class
  • Agency and Transaction Costs in Infrastructure Projects
  • Risk Modelling and Asset Management in Infrastructure Projects
  • Demand Forecasts, Business Cases and Appraisal Methods for Infrastructure Projects
  • Managing Infrastructure Projects and Programmes

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake a substantial research-based dissertation on a research question of their own choosing.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, group tutorials/workshops, project briefings, and individual supervision for the research-based dissertation element. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, 3,000-word written term papers and the 10,000-word dissertation.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

This degree is designed to enable infrastructure specialists to develop the skills essential to the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. It will equip graduates with the potential to become future innovators, leaders, senior managers, policymakers, researchers and teachers in the fields of infrastructure finance, infrastructure ownership and project management industries. Organisations that are likely to take on graduates of this MSc include infrastructure developers, infrastructure financiers and investors such as banks and equity funds, infrastructure operators, public sector commissioning and regulatory bodies, as well as advisory firms active in the growing infrastructure market.

Employability

Completing this MSc will equip graduates with skills necessary for a career in infrastructure financing, procurement and development whether as a public sector advisor, private sector financing specialist or consultant within advisory firms. 

Students successfully completing the programme will be able to show:

  • competence in their ability to apply a wide range of theories and concepts to a variety of infrastructure focused problems and contexts
  • possession of high-level critical and research skills
  • an ability to critically appraise and interpret the importance of trends and developments in the infrastructure investment and finance sectors of the countries in which they work
  • an ability to appraise critically the continuing developments in the literature and research on the infrastructure investment and finance.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The School of Construction and Project Management is placed within the renowned UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Based in central London, it is close to world-leading financial, engineering and consulting practices, many of whom are UCL partners. The School has both specialist expertise and excellent relations with a range of industry and government bodies which will provide a valuable network to students seeking careers in the exciting area of infrastructure financing and development.

The MSc IIF directly benefits from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UCL and the European Investment Bank (EIB). This MoU sets out the scope of the EIB's support and ongoing involvement in the planning and delivery of the programme. The EIB’s involvement aims to enhance students’ understanding of infrastructure finance and investment through their exposure to the bank’s long and multi-faceted experience in this field.

Accreditation:

The MSc IIF is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has entered into an academic partnership with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

Department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for early to mid-career professionals seeking to specialise in infrastructure investment, economics and finance, procurement, management and regulatory functions. In addition to enabling finance graduates the opportunity to specialise, the MSc IIF will also be attractive to engineering graduates wishing to adapt their career options, and to graduates in other related numerate subject areas (e.g. economics, planning, etc.).

Application deadlines

Full-time

31 May 2019

Flexible/Modular

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study for the MSc in Infrastructure Investment and Finance and what attracts you to this specialism
  • How your professional and academic background meets the demands of th MSc Infrastructure, Investment and Finance MSc
  • Why you want to study at UCL
  • How the Infrastructure, Investment and Finance MSc will help you to achieve your career plans.

When completing your application you should consider that together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Infrastructure Investment and Finance MSc/PG Dip page on the University College London website for more details!

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