UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This programme combines cultural, social, economic, political and spatial analysis to recalibrate the urban design project, presenting a holistic response in which informality and marginality are central features.

Course Modules

Core Modules: Transforming local areas (urban design for development); participatory process (building for development); the Budd studio (building and urban design practice). Optional modules: Adapting cities to climate change in the global south; critical urbanism studio i learning from informality (case studies and alternatives); critical urbanism studio ii (investigative design strategies for contested spaces); disaster risk reduction in cities; gender in policy and planning; housing policy, programme and project alternatives; management and planning for development (international and national dimensions); post disaster recovery (policies, practices and alternatives); social diversity, inequality and poverty; social policy and citizenship; the city and its relations (context, institutions and actors in urban development planning); urban agriculture; urban development policy, planning and management (strategic action in theory and practice); urban environmental planning and management in development.

Course Additional Entry

A 2nd Class Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; a 2nd acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than 2nd Class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience; applicants who do not hold a 1st 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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £21,320  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £13,370  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 5 years
MSc (Postgraduate)