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BSc Urban Planning, Design & Management

Overview

Urban planning is concerned with the complex management of change within the built and natural environment. This programme, accredited by the Royal Institute 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.

Programme Objectives

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

Accreditation

BSc Urban Planning, Design and Management is fully accredited by the Royal Institute 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

Contact Details

Programme Director: Dr Elisabete Cidre
BSc Admission Tutor: Dr Jessica Ferm
BSc Administrator: Jenny Post

Structure

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

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
The Historical and Cultural Development of Cities and their Architecture*
Introducing Planning Systems
Introducing Urban Design: Design Skills
Management for Built Environment Professionals I
Planning History and Thought
The Production of the Built Environment
Urban Lab I: Graphic Skills

Optional courses

* may be exchanged for a language

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Cities and Social Change
Economics of the City and their Regions
Green Futures
Management for Built Environment Professionals II
Planning Project: Plan Making
Urban Design: Theory to Practice
Urban Form and Formation*
Urban Lab II: Mapping

Optional courses

* may be exchanged for a language

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Development Project: Regeneration
Land and Property Development
Planning for a Changing Countryside*
Transport Policy and Planning
Urban and Environmental Politics
Urban Design: Space and Place
Urban Lab III: Data Analysis
Urban Project Management

Optional courses

* may be exchanged for a language

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

Points 34
Subjects A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

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

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Staff

Programme Director

Dr Elisabete Cidre
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Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Dr Sonia Arbaci
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Elena Besussi
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Professor Matthew Carmona
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Dr Claire Colomb
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Professor Harry Dimitriou
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Dr Jessica Ferm
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Professor Nick Gallent
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Dr Nikos Karadimitriou
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Dr Claudio de Magalhães
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Dr Stephen Marshall
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Professor Janice Morphet
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Dr HaeRan Shin
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Dr Jung Won Sonn
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Dr Jo Williams
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Dr Filipa Wunderlich
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Applying

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.

Opportunities

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. 

Your Career

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.

These combine economic revival, social development, housing and public space improvements and community participation. Examples include the urban regeneration schemes and projects in relation to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Land Graduate, Crest Nicholson (2011)
  • Graduate Surveyor, CBRE (2011)
  • Junior Urban Planner, Ariad Development Authority (2010)
  • Full-time student, MPhil in Land Economy Research at the University of Cambridge (2010)
  • Business Development Manager, Westwood 9 Ltd (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: