The MSc/Graduate Diploma/Certificate Development and Planning is a programme of courses which lead to the award of a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Development and Planning of the University of London, or to a Graduate Diploma or Certificate of University College London. The MSc/Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Development and Planning comprises a range of strongly established and distinctive individual courses, each devised by leading specialists in its subject area. The content of each course is actively informed by the research of its staff. The teaching and learning objectives of each course are shaped by the staff’s experience of the shared and distinctive aims and needs of its students. The Bartlett’s system of modularity allows for student choice in the programme of study, flexibility of timing and the accumulation of credits towards an award.
The MSc Town and Country Planning is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This means that those students who complete the four year route, including certain required course components, are eligible for RTPI membership typically after a two year period of work experience.
Each of the courses in the MSc Development and Planning degree programmes, excluding the profiled learning option, offer an integrated programme of study leading to the MSc/Graduate Diploma/Certificate Development and Planning, with the appropriate course name as the sub-title of the degree – for example, MSc Development and Planning: Cosmopolitan Development. In each course, a student is required to follow particular compulsory ‘core’ modules, plus a number of other modules from within the course curriculum. Normally, a student following a course will be able either to choose to complete their whole programme of study from within the curriculum of their chosen course, or to choose to incorporate modules drawn from elsewhere in their programme of study.
The MSc, Graduate Diploma and Certificate Awards are acquired by a credit-accumulation process, where a number of credits are awarded for successful completion of each module. The MSc is awarded to a student who acquires 120 credits with a minimum 50% pass mark, the Graduate Diploma to a student who acquires 80 credits and a Certificate to a student who acquires 40 credits, both with a minimum 40% pass mark.
A student may, if they choose, register initially for the Graduate Diploma or Certificate in any course. Graduate Diploma students follow the same programme of study as an MSc student, except for the MSc Report. If a Graduate Diploma student obtains 80 credits, all at the MSc pass mark standard (i.e.: minimum 50%), they may transfer their registration to MSc and undertake the Report.
The maximum number of credits that may be taken from outside a course curriculum by a student following that Course for their Award is 10 credits on some courses and 20 credits on others. All modules are assessed. In some cases, non-examined support units may also be prescribed as part of a course. Any module taken outside the course curriculum is subject to the advance approval of the course and relevant module director.
Alternatively, a student may follow the MSc Development and Planning programme without following any of these courses. In this case the student obtains the general Development and Planning MSc degree without sub-title. Such students are guided to construct their own complete programme of study from among all the modules on offer within the whole programme.
As part of the MSc programme, each student must, in addition to taking successfully 80 units of taught modules, prepare a Report on an approved topic, in the subject-area of their course, normally of not more than 10,000 words, under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.
Candidates must pass all modules and the Report at a mark of 50% or above to be considered for the award of a Masters’ degree. Candidates who pass all modules and the report at a mark of 70% or above will normally be awarded a pass with distinction. Candidates who achieve a mark of 70% or above on the report and pass three quarters of the taught modules at a mark of 70% or above, may, at the examiners’ discretion, be awarded a pass with distinction.
Candidates must pass all modules at a mark of 40% or above to be considered for the award of the Graduate Diploma or Certificate.
If, for whatever reason, a student either does not attempt to, or does not successfully, submit a Report, but does satisfy the other assessment requirements of the Programme, then the student obtains the University College London Development and Planning Graduate Diploma, with appropriate course sub-title.
All MSc/Graduate Diploma Development and Planning courses start in September or October and last for one calendar year full-time or two, three, or four calendar years if taken part-time (where possible).
Teaching is mainly by seminars and tutorials. Extensive laboratory, computer and library facilities, both in UCL and outside, are available to all MSc students as appropriate. London has the advantage of being a centre for Government departments, international agencies, leading professional practices and firms, and the related professional institutions, and all the courses draw on these major resources.
Students are selected from a variety of academic, professional and international backgrounds and are encouraged to draw on their previous experience and current concerns in contribution to the seminars. Bartlett MSc courses benefit from relatively small class sizes. This is made possible, despite the popularity of the programmes, by their differentiation into separate courses, each with their own modules.
Minimum and maximum numbers of students per module ensure that, on the one hand, there is always a sufficient ‘critical mass’ to generate lively discussion and provide a range of approaches and interests; and on the other, never too many to prevent effective interactive modes of teaching and learning where appropriate.
On each course, modules are normally timetabled so that a two-year part-time student need attend classes on only one day per week during the first two terms of each year, and a four-year part-time student on only one half-day per week.
Entrance Requirements for the MSc/Graduate Diploma Development and Planning Programmes
The normal minimum qualifications for entering the programme are a second class Honours degree of a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. The qualification must have been obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university or educational institution of university rank. Qualifications in Architecture, Building, Economics, Engineering, European Studies, History, Planning, Social Sciences and Surveying are among the main relevant fields, but can be in such other fields as are deemed appropriate.
A second acceptable qualification is corporate membership of one of the following UK professional institutions: the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
A third acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, obtained after at least three years study in a university or institution of university rank, in a subject appropriate to the course, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies at least two years experience as a professional at a senior level.
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 of this route for applications can be obtained from the Bartlett’s Graduate Office (for MSc European Property and Development, MSc European Spatial Planning, MSc Town and Country Planning and MSc Urban Regeneration) or from the Development Planning Unit office.
It is emphasised that the above are minimum requirements which enable an applicant to be considered. Far more applications are received than there are places available, and selection is based on information submitted by the applicant, and by interview where possible. Applicants who do not possess a second class Honours degree are invited to write to the Director of Graduate Studies, with a full curriculum vitae and transcripts of overseas degrees and diplomas, so that their eligibility can be established.
Applications for admission should be submitted on UCL’s Graduate Application Form obtainable from the School or UCL’s Admissions and General Enquiries Office, as soon as possible, and in any case before September, in the year of intended entry to the course. Interviews are normally held from January onwards for residents in or near to the United Kingdom, and offers of places are made throughout the year. All applicants, but especially applicants from overseas, are strongly advised to apply as soon as possible during the year. However, late applications may be considered or may be carried forward for consideration in the following session.
As all courses involve discussions, examinations and the writing of essays and, for MSc students, a Report, a high level of competence in both spoken and written English is required. Overseas students whose first language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of competency in English. We require a minimum overall score of 6.5 with 6 in each band for IELTS or 580 in TOEFL (including a minimum score of 4 in TWE), or 237 plus an essay rating of 4 for the computer based exam. (Due account may also be taken where such an applicant’s first degree was studied in the English language.)
UCL has its own Language Centre offering a range of pre-sessional English language courses. There are three such pre-sessional courses, each timed to end in mid-September, lasting respectively five, eight and twelve weeks. Course fees in 2000 ranged from £900 to £2200, exclusive of accommodation costs. The five-week course is appropriate for those with an overall IELTS of 6.5 but who do not have 6.0 in each band (or have a TOEFL of 570). The eight week course is appropriate for those with an IELTS of 6.0 (or TOEFL of 550 and TWE of 3). To be admitted to UCL a mark of at least 65% must be achieved in the examination at the end of the pre-sessional course.
In view of both the costs and uncertainty involved in relying on a pre-sessional course to meet the English Language requirements, overseas applicants are most strongly urged to enrol on approved language courses in their country of residence, and to take an IELTS or TOEFL test there, and achieve the required score well before the planned start of their study at UCL (either before or in parallel with submission of application to UCL). Details of Pre-Sessional English Language Courses can be obtained from UCL Language Centre, 134-136 Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT; tel (+44) 20 7679 7722, fax (+44) 20 7383 3577; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparatory reading lists and guidance are available in advance to those who have been offered places.
For the MSc Development and Planning course in European Property Development and Planning, applicants are additionally expected to demonstrate at least a basic capability in a modern European language other than English, to GCSE standard or equivalent. Non-English language training forms part of this course but absolute beginners cannot be admitted.