12 months
29400 GBP/year
14700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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A Housing and City Planning programme from University College London (UCL) for urban professionals and graduates from the fields of planning, property, architecture and project management who are looking to specialise in the area of housing development.


Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter - i.e. the development of enough housing of the right type and quality, in the most appropriate locations - is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the developed world have fully addressed.

The MSc Housing and City Planning from University College London (UCL) brings together three critical perspectives - in three linked streams - on the housing question, examining how planning policy and practice contributes to the wider environment for development; how housing development is financed and managed; and how new housing may have a lighter environmental footprint, and older housing retrofitted to lessen its impact:
  • Planning for Housing: examines the role and nature of planning through application to housing development. In this stream the potential and shortcomings of planning in delivering development will be explored, initially through a wide-ranging overview of the sector, and subsequently through engagement in a live project;
  • Sustainability and Design: examines the sustainability of homes themselves and housing within its broader design / built environment context. The first half of this stream deals with sustainability in new-build housing, extending to a consideration of sustainable neighbourhoods and cities, linking therefore to the planning for housing core theme. The second half deals with low energy housing retrofit, recognising that it is existing homes and buildings that have the greatest capacity to contribute to future energy use and carbon reductions;
  • Development Economics and Project Delivery: concerned in its first part with the financing and economics of speculative development (as a central plank of housing delivery), and in the second half with the management of the delivery process.


There is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and overseas. Many have taken up posts in local and central government planning, others have moved into planning related consultancies. Past students have also found employment in numerous specialist sectors: in housing and transport, planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies, public and private utility companies, and also in teaching and research.


As well as preparing students for careers in planning practice and housing delivery, all of our programmes offer an introduction to research and to key research skills.


The programme is fully accredited by RICS so all students completing the full MSc are eligible for licentiate membership of the RICS.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Planning for Housing: Process
  • Planning for Housing: Project
  • Principles of Sustainable Housing Design
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Economics and Finance for Housing Projects
  • Management of Housing Development Projects 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 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
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Preferably an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a UK university. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard will also be considered. 
  • Admissions tutors may, at their discretion, consider applications from students who have not achieved this but hold professional qualifications (e.g. RTPI) or can demonstrate substantial work experience in the field of housing development, planning for housing, or housing design. (Applicants will still be expected to meet the minimum UCL requirement of a 2:2, however.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • UK: £7,350
  • 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.


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