The Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Development MSc is unique in preparing students for the major challenges ahead globally in the infrastructure field. The programme offers a holistic approach to the field offering decision-making and problem-solving that lead to more robust investment outcomes.

About this degree

This MSc provides a critical review of infrastructure planning and appraisal methods and international practice and assesses how ‘fit for purpose’ these are for current sustainable development challenges. The programme focuses on transferable lessons, principles and practical tools that apply across the different sectors, while also covering the sectoral and context-specific considerations that determine success in different development contexts.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year Flexible: 2-5 years Options: PG Dip

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Infrastructures as Agents of Change (15 credits)
  • Business Cases for Infrastructure (15 credits)
  • Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-making (15 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Infrastructure Funding, Financing and Investment (15 credits)
  • Infrastructure Policy, Planning and Consent (15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Major Infrastructure Investments (15 credits)
  • Major Infrastructure Planning Practice (15 credits)

Elective modules

Students choose one optional/elective module from:

  • UCL Bartlett School of Planning
  • UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit
  • UCL Geography
  • UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Please note that optional and elective modules are subject to availability and the approval of the home department.


All MSc students undertake a supervised independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

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:

  • infrastructure fund management
  • local, regional and national government
  • international financial institutions
  • international co-operation agencies
  • investment banking
  • infrastructure planning and community development
  • academia
  • consulting, both infrastructure related and more broadly
  • the construction industry
  • 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.


The programme has been conceived to provide enhanced capacity-building opportunities for those currently working in the field of infrastructure development and offers an invaluable qualification for new entrants to the field. With strong links to industry, government and academia on a global scale, a very high percentage of past students have gone on to find placements within the first year after graduation.


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Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing is required. Applicants with degrees of a lower classification but with considerable senior-level professional experience may also be accepted, and for applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set; details can be obtained from the Bartlett’s Graduate Faculty Office.

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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