Big Dig, Boston

The OMEGA 4 Project

Curriculum Design and Development Study of the UCL MSc Programme in Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery (MIPAD) of the Bartlett School of Planning

This project was launched  with the intention of passing on through postgraduate university teaching at UCL the recent innovative research findings of the OMEGA  Centre on mega infrastructure development. The MSc programme in Mega Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal & Delivery (MIPAD) possesses two full teaching modules derived from the findings of the OMEGA 1 and OMEGA 3 Projects (namely, module BENVGMP3: Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Decision-Making and module BENVGMP5: 21st Century Infrastructure Planning, appraisal and Delivery Toolbox). The remaining modules are heavily informed by the OMEGA 2 Project.  Modules BENVGMP1 and BENVGMP4 (on Mega Infrastructure as Agents of Change, and on Critical Issues in Sustainable Mega Infrastructure Investments, respectively) are offered as electives/specialisms to other UCL MSc programmes in the Bartlett, the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Engineering. 102 students have attended the MSc since 2011, while its various modules attract some 80 students per year both from across the faculty and other UCL departments.The programme itself was launched in the 2011/2012 academic year. It is professionally accredited for specialist professional routes by the Joint Board Membership (JBM) of Engineers and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) considering accreditation from 2015.

Research Study Director

Prof. Harry T. Dimitriou

Research Fellows

Dr. E. John Ward and Philip G. Wright

Research Assistant

Y. N. Tseng

Project funders

Volvo Research & Education Foundations (VREF), Gothenburg, Sweden and The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL

Study Duration


Research Grant

40,000 GBP