12 months
29400 GBP/year
22200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Urban Innovation and Policy programme offered at the University College London (UCL) is designed for professionals in the public, private or third sector who would like to lead change in urban development and city leadership. Students undertake a major live project with a real client and have the opportunity to engage with leading urban scholars and practitioners across UCL.


Graduates are equipped with key skills for a role in urban policy, including strategic engagement, city leadership and experimentation. Students study conceptual frameworks for innovation and urban planning, and master policy tools and analytical methods to implement, evaluate, and revise urban policies. 

They are taught how to bridge gaps within government and in the public and private sector, and how to gather evidence to support decision making.


The Urban Innovation and Policy programme offered at the University College London (UCL) is suitable for professionals or graduates currently working in (or who want to work in) urban policy and planning, as well as future city leaders from a wide range of organisations including non-governmental organisations, the private sector, consultancies and the third sector. 

The MPA is also suitable for academics, engineers, scientists and technologists who would like to shape the policies for future sustainable urban development. 

MPA graduates can go on to work in a range of organisations, including: national and local government; government offices of innovation and development; transportation agencies; planning agencies; corporate and institutional sustainability offices; city network organisations (such as C40 Cities); public water and energy utilities.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Analytical Methods for Policy
  • Urban Innovation and Policy
  • Evidence, Institutions and Power
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Advice in Practice
  • Risk Assessment and Governance
  • Communicating Science for Policy
  • Negotiation, Mediation and Diplomacy
  • Clean Energy and Development
  • Science, Research and Innovation in Policy
  • Development, Technology and Innovation in Policy
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
  • Digital Technology and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

Get your student insurance now

Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at University College London (UCL) and/or in United Kingdom, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  •  Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • UK: £11,100
  • International: £14,700

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Urban Innovation and Policy
University College London (UCL)


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!