12 months
29400 GBP/year
14700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Spatial Planning degree from University College London (UCL) includes both core modules, providing an introduction to key knowledge, and specialist modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests.


Spatial planning is the management of space and development to create places that meet the needs of society, the economy and the environment.

The Spatial Planning degree from University College London (UCL) looks at how people, places and the environment interact and change, and the ways this might be influenced. The focus is on UK practices. They’re considered within a European and global context, and approached through critical analysis and evaluation.

The MSc Spatial Planning provides:

  • an integrated programme, with all modules linked by common principles
  • a programme dealing with real places and the role of planning in place-making
  • a spatial perspective on planning systems and cultures
  • lecture- and seminar-based modules, project work, site visits and the preparation of a 10,000 word dissertation


Graduates have been very successful in gaining subsequent employment, including core public and private sector planning careers (such as local government and local, national and international consultancies), as well as the housing and transport sectors; planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies; public and private utility companies; think tanks and public policy organisations; environmental campaign groups; and teaching and research.


The programme is fully accredited by both the RTPI and RICS. Students successfully completing the MSc in Spatial Planning are eligible for licentiate membership of either or both bodies, regardless of the subject focus of their undergraduate degree.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dissertation in Planning 
  • From Strategic Vision to Urban Plan 
  • Pillars of Planning 
  • Spatial Planning: Concepts and Context 
  • Spatial Planning: Critical Practice
  • Urban Design: Place Making 
  • Historic Cities
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure

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
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Preferably an upper second-class Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of equivalent standing. 
  • There is no particular subject requirement as the MSc provides an 'initial' planning education for graduates with cognate and non-cognate degrees. 
  • Where candidates fail to meet the standard requirement (i.e. they hold a degree of a lower classification), the department will take into account professional experience in planning or a related field when deciding whether to admit a candidate. 

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.


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.

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