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Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

The Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the mega infrastructure field. The programme offers a holistic approach to the field offering decision making and problem solving that lead to more robust investment outcomes.

Degree information

This MSc provides a critical review of mega infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how 'fit for purpose' these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on generic lessons and principles that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and a field trip (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma, seven core modules (105 credits), one elective module (15 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2 to 5 years is offered.

Core modules
-Mega Infrastructures as Agents of Change
-Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
-Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making
-Critical Issues in Mega Infrastructure Investments
-Twenty-first Century Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery Toolbox
-Sustainability Visions and Challenges for Mega Infrastructure Investments
-Group Project

Optional modules - students choose one elective module from:
-UCL Bartlett School of Planning
-UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit
-UCL Geography
-UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars, a field trip, individual and group project work, and skills-based practical project work, with direct practitioner involvement. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, examination and project work.


Students have gone on to take up positions in:
-Consultancy firms.
-International development organisations and banks.
-Utility companies.
-Research and academic institutions involved in the transport, energy, retailing and housing sectors, as well as in urban, regional and environmental planning.
-Graduates have also undertaken PhD studies at the Bartlett School of Planning.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Senior Planning Consultant, Ali Planning Consultants.
-Policy Analyst, Just Base.
-PhD Trust and Transparency in Decision-Making of Infrastructure Projects, University College London (UCL).
-Quantity Surveyor, Berkeley Group.
-Planning Consultant, World Union.

The programme has been conceived to provide enhanced capacity-building opportunities for those currently working in the field of mega infrastructure development and offers an invaluable qualification for new entrants into the field. With strong links to industry, government and academia on a global scale, a very high percentage of past students have gone on to find placements within the first year after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Prepared by the OMEGA Centre and its teaching and research team at the Bartlett School of Planning, this programme is delivered together with internationally renowned academics and practitioners in the field of mega infrastructure development.

The programme is interdisciplinary and international, drawing from experiences both in the developed and developing world. It seeks to provide students with insights, knowledge and skills that will assist them in planning, appraising and delivering future mega infrastructure developments in a manner that is sensitive to the risks, uncertainties and complexities of different contexts.

Visit the Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Upper second-class Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing. The MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate or non-cognate degrees. Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience in planning or a related field when considering the application. Applicants who do not hold a first 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.

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