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  Urban Development Planning MSc

University College London    Faculty of the Built Environment

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full time, 2 years part time, 5 years flexible
Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Geography (17)

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The Urban Development Planning MSc at UCL is a comprehensive programme that explores planning theories and practices in urban development. Designed for individuals aspiring to work in international aid agencies, government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector, this programme equips students with the skills to effectively address contemporary urban challenges. With a focus on socio-spatially and environmentally just urban governance, students will develop a deep understanding of community-led and partnership-based urban development planning. The programme offers a range of optional modules, an overseas practice engagement, and opportunities for research. Applicants with relevant work experience or exceptional professional backgrounds are also considered.

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The Urban Development Planning MSc explores planning theories and international practices in urban development policy, planning and management that address contemporary spatial, socio-economic, environmental and political transformations in cities of the Global South.

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This MSc aims to equip participants to work effectively as development planners / practitioners in urban contexts through imparting a deeper understanding of the processes that generate urban change. The programme aims to enhance participants' diagnostic and strategic capacities to respond to such change within a framework of socio-spatially and environmentally just urban governance.

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Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A minimum of six months work experience is also recommended.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements 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 and an ability to engage academically with the subject matter.


UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Full-time: £19,300
Part-time: £9,650

Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Full-time: £31,100
Part-time: £15,550

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