Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter – the development of enough housing of the right type and quality in the most appropriate locations – is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the Global North have fully addressed. This MSc offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the ‘housing question’ in advanced economies, with contributions from across the faculty and from external practitioners.

About this degree

Students will develop appropriate design, analytical and presentational skills, and work on practical cases that test their capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving. The curriculum covers UK-specific policy and practice as well as a range of international case studies and globally relevant debates in the provision of housing.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year Flexible: up to 5 years Options: PG Dip

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Planning for Housing: Process (15 credits)
  • Planning for Housing: Project (15 credits)
  • Sustainable Housing Design Principles (15 credits)
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit (15 credits)
  • Economics and Finance for Housing Projects (15 credits)
  • Management of Housing Development Projects (15 credits)
  • Dissertation in Planning (60 credits)

Optional modules

In order to obtain professional accreditation, students must take the two optional modules listed below: Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context (15 credits) and Critical Debates in Housing Planning (15 credits).

  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context (15 credits)
  • Critical Debates in Housing Planning (15 credits)
  • Or any other available module in The Bartlett School of Planning or the wider Built Environment Faculty


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 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

There is a growing demand for our Master’s graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and overseas. Many have taken up posts in local and central government planning, others have moved into planning related consultancies. Past students have also found employment in numerous specialist sectors: in housing and transport, planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies, public and private utility companies, and also in teaching and research.


As well as preparing students for careers in planning practice and housing delivery, all of our programmes offer an introduction to research and to key research skills.


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Entry Requirements

Preferably an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a UK university. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard will also be considered. Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications (e.g. RTPI) or can demonstrate substantial work experience in the field of housing development, planning for housing, or housing design. (Applicants will still be expected to meet the minimum UCL requirement of a 2:2, however.)

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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