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Building and Urban Design in Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #8 (QS) ,
This Building and Urban Design in Development programme offered at the University College London combines cultural, social, economic, political and spatial analysis to recalibrate the urban design project, presenting a holistic response in which informality and marginality are central features.

About

The production, reproduction and transformation of urban space via socially, economically, and environmentally just methods presents a complex challenge for professionals.

About this degree

The programme will equip students with

  • a political economy understanding of space
  • a comprehension of the needs, abilities, aspirations and forms of resistance of urban dwellers
  • the ability to respond with strategically co-ordinated proposals to leverage local abilities to meet local needs
  • an ability to critically engage with the practice of urban design and architecture in developmental processes – particularly in the Global South.

Careers

The Building and Urban Design in Development programme offered at the University College London enables graduates to work in NGOs and local government – facilitating community organisations and households to improve their living conditions. Graduate destinations range from UK-based organisations in the public, private and community sectors, to governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, which operate in a development capacity in the South. Recent graduates have also been employed by international NGOs and aid and development agencies and architectural and design practices. Some graduates return to their home countries and engage in urban design and architecture practice, teaching, or research of urban development there; others have successfully sought employment away from their own countries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development
  • Participatory Process: Building for Development
  • The BUDD Studio: Building and Urban Design Practice
  • Critical Urbanism Studio :Learning from Informality: Case studies and alternatives
  • Critical Urbanism Studio : Investigative Design Strategies for Contested Spaces
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Cities
  • Post Disaster Recovery: Policies, Practices and Alternatives
  • Housing Policies: Practical Dimensions and Alternative Options
  • Housing as Urbanism: Housing Policy and the Search for Scale
  • Adapting Cities to Climate Change in the Global South
  • The Political Ecology of Environmental Change
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Services in Development
  • Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Politics
  • Social Policy and Citizenship
  • Gender in Policy and Planning
  • The City and its Relations: Context, Institutions and Actors in Urban Development Planning
  • Urban Development Policy, Planning and Management: Strategic Action in Theory and Practice
  • Transport Equity and Urban Mobility
  • Industrialisation and Infrastructure
  • Food and the City
  • Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture: Knowledge Systems in the Global South
  • NGOs and Social Transformation
  • Contemporary Approaches to Development Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Flexible/Modular applicants Deadline

    • Close: 28 August
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Flexible: 2-5 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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General Requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24980 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15410 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15410 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU:  £7,700 (PT)
  • Overseas: £12,470 (PT)

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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