Urban planning is concerned with the complex management of change within the built and natural environment. This programme, accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), gives you the skills to work in both traditional planning careers and in various related professional and specialist areas.
Each of the three specialist BSc programmes offered by The Bartlett School of Planning draws extensively on the wealth of urban issues and projects which London provides, whilst students benefit from our strong international outlook and student exchanges with North American, European, Asian and Australian universities.
Our class sizes are conducive to the range of teaching styles and methods of assessment, including individual, group and project-based workshops, seminars and lectures, tutorials, site visits and field trips, which make our programmes so distinctive. The School's close links with policy-makers and professionals also means that we are able to incorporate directly involvement with professional practitioners into our teaching and learning environments.
BSc Urban Planning, Design & Management delivers an academic and vocational education which:
- provides students with a coherent understanding of urbanism and the built environment
- enables them to combine a sound theoretical foundation with an awareness of practice
- provides knowledge about the various roles and responsibilities of urban professionals in society
BSc Urban Planning,
Design and Management is fully accredited by the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and also offers the opportunity for you
to follow a professional degree accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute
(RTPI) if taken as part of the 3+1 professional route which concludes with a
9-month Postgraduate Diploma or a 12-month MSc programme.
Students who complete this four-year route are eligible for RTPI membership, typically after a two-year period of work experience. The Bartlett School of Planning also offers a number of accredited specialist MSc programmes in Planning, including: MSc Sustainable Urbanism, MSc Planning Design and Development, and MSc Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery.
London as learning laboratory
Based in the heart of London, The Bartlett School of Planning can offer the unique opportunity for students to study the complexities of contemporary urbanism and urban change with a particular emphasis on:
- developing a critical understanding of urban change and urban challenges
- pro-active engagement in urban problems, through live project work in and around London
- understanding key processes and debates in the fields of urban design and/or real estate, urban management and planning
- interpreting ‘urban sustainability’ as a guide for future planning and policy intervention
Each of the BSc programmes offered by The Bartlett School of Planning share a common urban core, with three streams of modules that respectively focus on 'understanding', 'managing' and 'delivering' urban change, and which develop over the three years of study.
Understanding Urban Change
This module stream begins by
placing settlements in their historical context, and examining why urban areas
have developed in the way they have - in spatial and non-spatial ways, and at
different scales of development. Early studies also focus on how contemporary
cities are continuing to change. The fundamentals of environmental
sustainability, economics, sociology, politics and development processes are
then examined in depth in years two and three.
Managing Urban Change
This stream focuses on public and private processes of managing urban change, and the organisations that contribute to it, emphasising the importance of management theory and practice in contemporary professional life. A series of courses present basic management principles, and introduce the fundamentals of planning systems and explore the relationships of the different professionals working in the built environment.
In the second and third years of this work stream, students attend courses on organisational change and urban project management with selection of more specialist courses such as transport policy and planning.
Delivering Urban Change
This stream emphasises the importance of hands-on project work to give students an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained in the other streams through design, regeneration, development and local or strategic planning work.
BSc Urban Planning, Design and Management and BSc Urban Studies students can choose to move between the two programmes up until the beginning of their third year, opening up study and career opportunities suited to their growing knowledge and choice of focus.
Below is a diagrammatic representation of the
programme structure. You can find more information about the modules in each stream on the Undergraduate Modules page.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Beyond Cities: Rural Economies, Communities and Landscapes *
Introducing Planning Systems
Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills
Making Cities: Production of the Built Environment
Management for Built Environment Professionals I
Planning History and Thought
Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills
* may be exchanged for a language or for Cultural Development of Cities and their Architecture
Economics of the City and their Regions
Management for Built Environment Professionals II
Beyond Cities: Rural Economies, Communities and Landscapes *
Planning Project: Plan Making
Urban Design: Theory to Practice
Urban and Environmental Politics
Urban Form and Formation*
Urban Lab II: Spatial Analysis
* Students choose just one of the two optional courses or they may exchange for a language
Cities and Social Change
Development Project: Regeneration
Real Estate Development
Planning for a Changing Countryside*
Regional Development Planning and Policy
Transport Policy and Planning
Urban Design: Space and Place
Urban Project Management
* may be exchanged for a language
Further details on undergraduate modules page: Undergraduate Modules
- No specific subjects.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language 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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Staff teaching on the programme currently include:
Undergraduate studies in The Bartlett School of Planning
There are approximately 140 planning students across the BSc programmes, of which 60-65 in year one. The typical class size varies in each year but some BSc year one courses (shared with others in the faculty), can increase to 160-200.
Students seeking professional RTPI accreditation and wishing to transfer to The Bartlett School of Planning from planning courses at other universities (by entering BSc years two or three or the MSc/Diploma), should write to us at the earliest opportunity so that arrangements can be made to compare curricula and seek the view of the RTPI and RICS on the acceptability of the transfer.
Recent records indicate that a third of those completing the 3+1 route
take up employment in UK local planning authorities. A further third of the
graduates enter consultancy work, while the remainder take up employment in a
wide range of retail, utility, transport and development companies or in
non-profit agencies. A minority continue in higher degree studies and research.
Some students take a year out and gain experience in professional practice between their BSc graduation and MSc/Diploma year. Others gain valuable professional practice experience during their summer breaks, for which study in London provides unrivalled opportunities.
The programme enables you to acquire highly transferable knowledge and skills such as data collection and analysis; resolution of problems and conflicts; negotiation and mediation; presenting complex data and ideas; managing work tasks; preparing and writing professional reports; and preparing and using graphics for effective presentations.
Graduates work in a vast range of positions - both within planning and in other sectors where their analytical, negotiating and problem-solving skills are valued. Demand for people with planning skills in the UK and abroad is strong. A rapidly growing field of work is 'urban regeneration', where people from many professions, sectors and organisations collaborate on urban and regional projects.
Graduates work in a variety of fields specialising in economic development, regeneration, social development, housing, travel, public space improvements and community participation. Due to the nature of our BSc programmes as a route for eligible membership of RICS/RTPI many of our graduates also go on to further study.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Graduate Chartered Surveyor, Savills
- Graduate Town Planner, Peter Brett Associates
- Graduate Planner, Southwark Council
- Graduate Engineer, WSP Group
- Graduate Surveyor, Bennett Homes
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Work Shadow Programme
Students have the opportunity to undertake a work shadow placement with a major planning employer in term 3 of their third year.
The work shadow programme aims to give students a chance to experience what it is like to work in a sector of the industry that employs people with planning degrees. Students participating in the programme undertake a two-week placement with one of a number of key employers - including both private companies and London boroughs - from across the planning sector.
The two-week work shadow experience is bookended by two half-day workshops at UCL jointly run by the school's careers tutor and a consultant from the UCL careers service. The first workshop covers transferable skills to the work place from students' previous experiences; professional and workplace etiquette; and goal setting. The second workshop shares the diverse work shadow experiences from the student cohort; opportunities that arose; and reflections on the next steps of career development.
Employers participating in the 2016 Bartlett School of Planning work shadow programme