Building and Urban Design in Development, M.Sc. | University College London (UCL) | London, United Kingdom
M.Sc. On Campus

Building and Urban Design in Development

12 months
29000 GBP/year
18000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the University College London (UCL) immerses students in the theory and practice of urban design and its role in building just cities and communities.


The programme presents a holistic process of design for development in cities within this context. It combines an examination and analysis of political, social, cultural and spatial elements in the production of urban spaces with the principles of designing for development, which include affordability, acceptability, sustainability, participation and responsiveness in design. 

The MSc Building and Urban Design in Development at the University College London (UCL) links together the methods and practice of 'design' with the complementary 'developmental' processes of development practitioners dealing with the spatial manifestation of injustices, complex urban challenges and spatial transformations at the scale of the building (architecture) and wider fabric (urban design) not as isolated disciplines or fields of practice but rather ones that are embedded and infused in a broader and more complex and contested urbanisms.

Programme highlights

  • Focus on crucial skills for urban practitioners, including critical thinking, action-oriented research, socio-spatial analysis and design research practice.
  • Aimed at those interested in the development of urban areas with a political and economic perspective of space in the Global South.
  • The nuance of the unique needs, abilities, aspirations, and forms of resistance of urban dwellers in various contexts.
  • Engagement opportunities to work on living, community-driven and action research projects, gaining practical experience. 
  • Content delivered through a wide range of teaching techniques (increasingly mediated by digital technologies) including taught lecturers and seminars, design-based studio work and practice engagement with global partners.

Programme Structure


  • Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design For Development
  • Participatory Processes: Building for Development
  • Building and Urban Design in Practice
  • Critical Urbanism Studio II - Investigative Design Strategies for Contested Spaces
  • Housing as urbanism: housing policy and the search for scale
  • Housing policies: practical dimensions and alternative options

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.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal minimum qualifications are a good second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • Consideration will also be given if the qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus relevant work experience. Applicants who do not hold a first degree may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate considerable senior-level professional experience in planning or a related field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    18000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • UK: £9,000
  • International: £14,500

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.


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