24 months
22200 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
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This two-year long full time Master's programme in City Planning from the University College London (UCL) encourages students to think independently and critically about city and regional planning problems both domestically and internationally. It specifically emphasizes the importance of both a spatial and comparative perspective to planning.


The City Planning programme offered at the University College London (UCL) equips students theoretically and practically, engaging them academically and in practice with planning and related fields of knowledge. 

Students will learn how to think critically, creatively and analytically across different spatial scales, from strategic to local - and across urban design, city planning, place-making, real estate and sustainability arenas - as they seek integrated solutions to defined planning problems.

The MPlan City Planning:

  • Provides students with an academically based vocational education in City Planning;
  • Equips students with the knowledge, theory, skills and values required to become effective professional planners both in the UK and internationally;
  • Offers specialist courses based on the research expertise of the staff in the department;
  • Offers a principle and theory driven programme, which gives students both conceptual understanding, and the skills needed to tackle practical problems; and
  • Emphasises the importance of a spatial and comparative perspective to City Planning, the need for integrated solutions to planning problems for planning cities and regions, and the need for creative  and research based solutions to the management of our built and natural environments.

Teaching and learning

Methods of delivery will vary (because of the flexible nature of the programme) but a student might encounter studio teaching, formal lectures, analytical modelling, small-group tutorials and discussion, formal presentations, and site visits. Student performance is assessed through individual and group work, essays, and project work.


The MPlan City Planning is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Contexts
  • Pillars of Planning
  • Urban Design: Place Making
  • Sustainability and Environmental Justice 
  • Plan Making Studio 
  • Planning Practice 
  • Dissertation in City Planning 
  • Comparative Planning Systems and Cultures 

Key information


  • Full-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.


300 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22200 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 24 months.

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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