Research course

Development Planning

UCL - University College London · Development Planning Unit

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential. Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the Global South.

Our MPhil/PhD programme will allow you to pursue independent research into the political, economic, social and institutional dimensions of development planning. Our research and teaching staff are a multi-disciplinary group, with extensive academic and professional experience in various fields of urban, regional, environmental, social and institutional development throughout the world.

As a research student, you will have access to a large range of world-class libraries, including those in UCL and other London universities, and the close by British Library. Also, you will have the opportunity to attend an array of specialised lectures and other events in central London.

In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett's research was rated 4* i.e. world-leading, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. internationally excellent.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On Research Environment, which grades the vitality and sustainability of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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