University College London

Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

MSc Building and Urban Design in Development


Wates House

22 Gordon Street

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Have you ever considered learning more about development in the Global South? Are you interested in design practice that combines social, economic, political and spatial analysis in the effort to produce critical responses to the growing complexities of contemporary society? Do you wish to study in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment? If you are looking for an innovative graduate programme in the heart of London, we invite you to have a look at The Bartlett’s MSc Building and Urban Design in Development (BUDD) . Located in The Bartlett’s Development Planning Unit (DPU), a world-leading international centre of research and study founded by Otto Koenigsberger specializing in planning in the Global South, the MSc Building an Urban Design in Development (BUDD) offers a unique synthesis of cutting edge critical methodology and design-based research, linking the practice of 'design' with the complementary 'developmental' processes of planning. It equips students with the tools to deal with complex urban challenges, spatial transformations and the manifestation of injustices, especially in the contested urbanisms of Asia, Africa and Latin America. This intense 12-month graduate course invites participants to play a leading role in the development and understanding of a recalibrated Urban Design approach, at once people-centred and strategic in nature. The MSc is constructed around four themes corresponding to the core course modules: • Urban Design theories for understanding informal urbanism • Participatory design methodologies and citizenship • Design research, thinking, and practice • Innovative methodological approaches to design Key points of the course: • An innovative 12-month programme including seminar classes, workshops and an intensive live fieldwork in the global south • Supports a balance between research, writing and practice-based design • A competitive interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. The MSc is directed by Dr. Camillo Boano and conducted by experienced members of DPU.


Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc The course follows the Built Environment Regulations for the Award of Certificate, Graduate Diploma and MSc. The Certificate is awarded for 60 taught credits assessed at 50% or above. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded at the completion of 120 taught credits assessed at 50% or above. The MSc is awarded at the completion of 180 credits assessed at 50% or above and the 60 credit MSc Report assessed at 50% or above.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 180

In State Tuition (per year): 10750 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 18500 GBP

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