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• Suitable for both graduates and practicing planners.
• Consider issues of sustainability and climate change alongside pressures of economic development.
• Develop your professional management skills with modules on project management.
• Study with students from a range of backgrounds from the UK and overseas.
About this course
Develop an innovative approach to planning grounded in theory and lively academic debate, and focused on the skills and competencies required for employment in the area.
You base your studies on real life issues and case studies and the course allows you to develop your own interests and specialist areas of study. The course provides you with key knowledge and skills for a planning or planning-related career.
It covers topics and issues such as
• planning theory, principles and practice
• planning policy and policy evaluation
• economic development
• the development process and viability appraisal
• climate change and environmental issues and protection
• design issues including urban design and sustainable design
• sustainable communities, community participation and social cohesion
• professional management skills including project management
The course has been running for over 25 years attracting students from a range of backgrounds including
• graduates from a range of subjects such as geography, arts, social sciences and design looking for a professional qualification
• practitioners in planning and the built environment field who are looking to develop their career
• people looking for a change of career direction
• international students from Europe, America and beyond
This course equips you with an internationally recognised qualification to work in planning and regeneration in the UK and an internationally, it can also open up a wide range of career opportunities.
Full-time – one year minimum, two days per week
Part-time – two years minimum, one day per week
Plus occasional block study days and an optional one week European field trip
Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form
2013/14 academic year
Full-time – typically £5,355
Part-time – typically £1,785 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Plus an optional field trip fee of £450.
2014/15 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,000
Part-time – typically £2,000 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Plus an optional field trip fee of £450
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees and funding see www.shu.ac.uk/funding
2014/15 academic year
Typically £11,250 for the course
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees, scholarships and bursaries see www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees
Coursework and practice focused assignments.
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Kaeren Harrison, senior lecturer - part 1 (1:19)
Kaeren provides an introduction to postgraduate planning courses offered at Sheffield Hallam. She discusses how the course is structured into mandatory and specialist modules to ensure individuals are able to tailor the course to suit their own interests.
Kaeren Harrison, senior lecturer - part 2 (1:15)
Kaeren talks about the key features of the course including fieldwork, visiting guest input and the informal engagement with practitioners students benefit from throughout their course.
Karen Escott, principal lecturer (1:37)
Karen talks about the key employment skills that you develop whilst studying at Sheffield Hallam.
Laura, planning student (0:39)
Laura talks about the key skills she has developed whilst studying on her course, including project management and team building skills. She also goes on to talk briefly about some of the modules she studied, what she has gained and why she would recommend the course to others.
Strong professional links support our planning, transport and regeneration courses making our teaching vocationally relevant. Our graduates are employed throughout the UK and overseas. Our academic staff have worked in planning and regeneration practice and maintain close links with national organisations, local government, consultancies and the voluntary sector.
The professional bodies we work with include
• Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
• Royal Institute of British Architects
• Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
• Royal Town Planning Institute
We also have links with the Association of Geographical Information
We are one of the main partners in the Royal Town Planning Institute's Yorkshire conference series of continuing professional development. These events attract a wide range of practitioners and academics from planning and related sectors including architecture, environmental management and urban design.
We are also instrumental in the Sheffield Urban Think-Tank - an important initiative bringing together Sheffield City Council, Creative Sheffield, Integreat Yorkshire, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Sheffield. Sheffield Urban Think-Tank aims to make Sheffield and the surrounding region an exemplary model for the use of learning, research, training and practical experience. As well as directing planning and thinking about cities and their surrounding regions. The annual Sheffield Urban Design Week provides an example of this activity. For further information contact the Academy of Urbanism