Taught course

Urban Innovation and Policy

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

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.

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: Good.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for professionals in the public, private or third sector who would like to lead change in urban development and city leadership. Students undertake a major live project with a real client and have the opportunity to engage with leading urban scholars and practitioners across UCL.

With 3 million people moving to cities every week, more than half of the world's population are city dwellers, making cities the key pathway to sustainable change. Getting cities right today will lay the foundation for sustainable prosperity globally and shape the lives of future generations. This practical programme offers experiential learning for the skills needed in 21st century 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. During the programme, students undertake a nine-month major project on urban policy for a real-world client, or an individual project. Previous policy problems include: managing migration and super-diversity in cities with the World Cities Culture Forum; creating policy options for transitions to sustainable urban mobility in Freetown and Maputo (in partnership with local stakeholders and the UN); Developing a case for strategic planning of urban night time lighting in collaboration with ARUP.

Students will gain the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert staff and a diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Assessment

The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios, simulations and case studies 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

Phone
+44 (0)203 108 9425