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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Urban Planning

Previously known as MSc Urban and Regional Planning

Full-time, Part-time

Location • City Campus
Subject area • Planning, housing and regeneration

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At a glance

Study on a course that offers an internationally recognised professional qualification which opens up a wide range of career opportunities in planning and related fields such as regeneration and environment. Suitable for people with a range of academic backgrounds and those with work experience in planning, the course encourages an innovative approach to planning. You focus on applying theory to contemporary practice by using real life case studies.

Key points
• 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.

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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

Starts September

How to apply

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Fees – home and EU students

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

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

For further information on fees and funding see

Fees – international students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,250 for the course

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 for the course, plus an optional field trip fee of £450

Course fees apply to courses starting in the academic year given and may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

For further information on fees and funding see


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