This two-year long full time Master’s programme encourages students to think independently and critically about city and regional planning problems both domestically and internationally. It specifically emphasizes the importance of both a spatial and comparative perspective to planning.

About this degree

The programme equips students theoretically and practically, engaging them academically and in practice with planning and related fields of knowledge. Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and analytically across different spatial scales, from strategic to local – and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas – as they seek integrated solutions to defined planning problems.

This degree programme will be particularly suitable for students from architectural, planning, urban design, landscape, real estate or civil engineering backgrounds, although others might also be considered.

Study Details:

MPlan Full-time: 2 years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

Year One

  • Pillars of Planning (30 credits)
  • Plan Making Studio I (30 credits)
  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context (15 credits)
  • Urban Design: Place Making (15 credits)
  • Planning Practice (15 credits)

Year Two

  • Comparative Planning Systems and Environmental Justice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation in City Planning (90 credits)
  • Plan Making Studio II (15 credits)
  • Land Use, Sustainability and Environmental Justice (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Work Placement in City Planning (45 credits)
  • Study Abroad in City Planning (45 credits)

Additionally, students choose elective modules to the value of 30 credits, from across UCL. These are subject to availaibilty and home department approval.


All students undertake an independent research project comprising a proposal of 2,000 words and culminating in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For further and the most up-to-date information about the programme structure please visit the UCL Prospectus website.

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Students have gone on to take up positions in:

  • Local and central government
  • Charities
  • International co-operation agencies
  • Community development
  • Academia
  • Consulting
  • 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 and other universities.


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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

International equivalent qualifications are considered, they can be found by selecting the relevant country from a drop down list in the entry requirements section of each programme page in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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