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Course content

This programme offers a unique focus on the relationship between real estate, the property development process and the planning systems of Europe and beyond. It explores the systems through which urban development operates and considers market mechanisms from the standpoint of investors, developers and occupiers of buildings and the relationship of markets and policy at various geographical levels.

About this degree

The programme equips students with theoretical and practical preparation to practise across international boundaries in the fields of planning and urban policy, real estate and property market analysis and property development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

Core modules

  • Planning Practices in Europe
  • Real Estate Appraisal
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Comparative Urban Projects
  • Critical Debates in Real Estate and Planning

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Urban Economics and Politics
  • Transport Policy and Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities and the Environment
  • Business Management

Students seeking RTPI accreditation must take the following:

  • Planning Practice

Plus either

  • Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures or Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures (including some by visiting practitioners), individual and group work, student presentations, seminars, study visits, workshops and an overseas field trip. Assessment is through coursework, written examination and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: International Real Estate and Planning MSc

Careers

Graduates of the programme who were not already employed have taken jobs in private and public organisations in the field of real estate and planning in the UK and abroad.

Employability

Graduates of the International Real Estate and Planning MSc have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, and at present there is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers. This programme prepares students both theoretically and practically to practise across international boundaries in the fields of urban policy, real estate market analysis and property development. Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and aptitudes to become creative, problem-solving professionals and to co-operate and engage creatively with others as both team members and team leaders. Graduates will also be equipped to engage in research, policy and regulatory activities relating to the field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 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 over 100 years and is one of the foremost planning schools in the United Kingdom, with an international reputation.

Students will be engaged with practitioners, alumni and academic guests through seminars, site visits and workshops in the UK and overseas. Graduates of the programme will join both the UCL alumni network and the International Real Estate and Planning MSc network.

This MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), either with the requisite module selections or where it is taken as a specialist year following an accredited three-year planning degree.

Accreditation

The Master's programme is fully accredited by both RTPI and RICS

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Planning

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the International Real Estate and Planning (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

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