Description

This programme identifies ways to enhance urban productivity while promoting sustainability and equity through public intervention in cities.

About this degree

Urban Economic Development MSc is designed to train development practitioners to better understand the dynamics of the city economy and encourage them to develop their own theoretically-sound perspectives and world views on how to tackle urban challenges through state of the art research and creative policy formulation.

The programme is strongly interdisciplinary, attracting administrators, economists and politicians, as well as planners, architects, engineers, technologists and geographers who share common values around social equity, freedom and responsibility, prosperity and environmental sustainability.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years Flexible: 2-5 years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Managing the City Economy (30 credits)
  • Practice in Urban Economic Development (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to Public Economics and Public Policy (15 credits)
  • Urbanisation and Development (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Housing Policies: Practical Dimensions and Alternative Options
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • The City and its Relations
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • Socially Sensitive Development in Practice
  • Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management in Development
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • Management and Planning for Development
  • The Slum in Urban Economic Development

Or any other open MSc module on offer at UCL, with Programme Leader approval.

Please note: not all optional modules listed above may be available: the list of modules given here is indicative. Module content and availability is subject to change.

Dissertation/report

Guided by individual supervisors, all MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest. This module is Development and Planning Dissertation (60 credits).

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

Our Urban Economic Development MSc (UED) is widely recognised by international organisations, including UN agencies and the World Bank.

It is also recognised by bilateral aid organisations from different countries, including the UK’s Department for International Development, as well as other government aid programmes; and by many national organisations.

The UED programme has been offered by the Development Planning Unit for more than two decades. Its alumni benefit from the international reputation enjoyed by both DPU and the programme itself.

There is enormous variety in the careers UED graduates pursue, ranging from working with UK-based organisations in the public, private and community sectors that focus on local as well as international development, to employment with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations operating in a development capacity in the South.

Employability

Graduates of this programme enjoy a high level of employability and pursue a variety of careers, predominantly in private consultancies, think tanks, public sector (including government careers at different levels and international organisations), international development organisations, academia and research.

There is also diversity in the geographic location of UED alumni: some return to their home countries with the additional MSc qualification and engage in the practice, teaching or research of urban development there; others find employment in development organisations (from grassroots to multilateral tiers) away from their own countries.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit boasts a global network of alumni spread across many continents, countries and organisations, often facilitating that essential first introduction of an Urban Economic Development MSc graduate into employment.

Fees

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Entry Requirements

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

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower second-class Bachelor’s standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus excellent work experience.

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: Standard

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