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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 Studies MSc programme at UCL offers an advanced understanding of urban theory and critical analysis of contemporary urban challenges. It is a unique interdisciplinary programme that explores the complex nature of urbanism. Suitable for students from various academic backgrounds, this programme provides a foundation for further research or professional contributions to the urban arena. With its collaboration between four faculties, UCL Urban Laboratory provides unparalleled expertise in urban teaching and research. Graduates of this programme have successfully pursued careers in government, art consultancies, financial services, and more. Modules cover a range of topics, allowing students to tailor their studies to their interests.

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Cities are now a critical focus for research, policy-making and public debate. While, according to the United Nations, three-quarters of the global population will live in cities by 2050, the nature of this urbanisation is varied and particular. This MSc offers innovative, comparative and interdisciplinary modes of analysis and research that acknowledges and addresses the scale and complexity of contemporary urbanism.

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Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.


UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Full-time: £15,100
Part-time: £7,550

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

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Rebecca Payne

"What convinced me to choose UCL was the breadth and variety of the Urban Studies MSc, particularly its emphasis on multi- and interdisciplinary learning. As UCL is renowned for its urban research, the programme has close links with organisations such as the Urban Laboratory. This really differed from other programmes I had applied to, which felt much more insular, and therefore restrictive. I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to locate new, unfamiliar areas of study that I could not have predicted before starting the degree last September."


UCL is making 93 individual bursary awards available. Each bursary will cover the full tuition fee cost for the programme and provide £10,000 in maintenance funding per year.

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The scheme is aimed at supporting traditionally under-represented groups to progress on to graduate study at UCL. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that their annual household income is currently under £42,611. This scheme is open to prospective students domiciled in the UK (that is, UK is your country of "ordinary residence”) who have "Home" tuition fee status.

Application Procedure

This initiative is funded through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme. The UCL Graduate Support Bursary scheme forms part of UCL’s wider initiative to support graduate Master’s students.

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