Taught course

Urban Innovation and Policy

UCL - University College London · Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Entry 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.

The English language level for this programme is: .

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This MPA is designed for professionals in the public, private and third sectors seeking to catalyse action in urban development and learn the art of city leadership. Students undertake a major live project associated with a global city network and have the opportunity to engage with leading scholars and practitioners across UCL.

More than half of the world's population is urban, making cities a key pathway to sustainable change. This practical programme offers experiential learning for skills needed in urban innovation policy-making.

Students undertake a week-long scenario activity on the policy-making process where they engage with external experts and UCL academics. Throughout the programme, students undertake a nine-month major project on urban innovation policy for a real-world client involved in global city networks. Example policy problems include congestion, water or energy infrastructure, waste management, transport or safety.

Students also network with their diverse peers in sister MPA and STEaPP doctoral programmes.

Full-time: 1 year;

Fees and funding

UK/EU Full-time: GBP17,190; Overseas Full-time: GBP24,140;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant skills.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214