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BSc Urban Planning, Design & Management


This course gives you the skills to work in both traditional planning careers and various related specialist areas.

About the course

You’ll study the complexities of contemporary urbanism and urban change within the built and natural environment with a particular emphasis on:

  • developing a critical understanding of urban change and 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

Why choose The Bartlett

We offer:

  • an academic and vocational education on urbanism and the built environment
  • close links with policy-makers and professionals
  • a central London location with a wealth of urban issues and projects to draw from
  • distinctive programmes including lectures, project-based workshops, site visits and field trips
  • an international outlook and student exchanges with North American, European, Asian and Australian universities


The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

We also offer the option to follow a professional degree accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) if taken as part of the 3+1 professional route. This concludes with a 9-month Postgraduate Diploma or a 12-month MSc programme.

Students who complete this 4-year route are eligible for RTPI membership, typically after 2 years of work experience.

We also offer a number of accredited specialist MSc programmes in planning, including:

  • MSc Sustainable Urbanism
  • MSc Planning Design and Development
  • MSc Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery

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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.

BSc Programme structure 2016

Course Content

Degree structure

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Contemporary Cities
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

Optional courses

* may be exchanged for a language or for Cultural Development of Cities and their Architecture

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Economics of the City and their Regions
Green Futures
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

Optional courses

* Students choose just one of the two optional courses or they may exchange for a language

Final Year

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

* may be exchanged for a language

Further details on undergraduate modules page: Undergraduate Modules

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

A Levels
No specific subjects.
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
IB Diploma
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:

Equivalent qualification

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.

International applications

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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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.


Programme Director

Dr Elisabete Cidre
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Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Dr Sonia Arbaci
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Dr Yasminah Beebeejaun
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Elena Besussi
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Professor Matthew Carmona
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Dr Ben Clifford
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Dr Claire Colomb
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Dr Jessica Ferm
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Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin
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Professor Michael Hebbert
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Dr Nikos Karadimitriou
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Dr Stephen Marshall
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Dr Juliana Martins
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Dr Susan Moore
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Professor Janice Morphet
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Professor Nick Phelps
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Professor Mike Raco
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Dr Jung Won Sonn
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Dr Michael Short
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Professor John Tomaney
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Dr Jo Williams
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Dr Fangzhu Zhang
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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.

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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