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International/EU: £14,895 for the course
- Identify key planning issues at a global, national and local scale.
- Adapt the course to meet your academic interests and career aspirations.
- Gain core knowledge and skills for contemporary planning practice.
- Learn with academic and professional practitioners.
- Study a course accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
You’ll explore the environmental, social and economic aspects of planning – developing your own interests to create a personalised professional profile. We offer an adaptable approach to learning and assessment, with a range of specialisms including environmental planning, urban design & development, planning for housing, historic environment, transport & infrastructure, economic development and health.
'This course has developed my professional skills, while helping me to connect everyday practice with urban planning theory. It's increased my awareness of contemporary planning issues, making me more effective in my work as a planning officer.'
Honor Whitfield, MSc Urban Planning student
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How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
The course explores the relationship between theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. You’ll develop as an independent, critical and reflective learner through a range of professionally-focused learning experiences. You’ll learn through face-to-face experiences and our virtual learning platform. This online engagement and interaction isn’t only a tool for your current learning – it also ensures you develop the ICT skills and knowledge to operate and engage as a contemporary planning professional.
Your course can span either two or three years with the third year focussing on your dissertation if you take this route.
You learn through
- virtual field work
- case studies
- real-life planning scenarios
- seminars and workshops
- individual and group tasks and discussions
- directed reading
- gateway talks
- a personal academic adviser
Course leaders and tutors
University-wide support is provided for you to enhance and develop your skills in this area. We base your learning experiences around coursework assessment that reflects many aspects of contemporary practice – including planning policy reviews, consideration of professional practice and ethics, comparative studies, design critiques and practice-based research.
You can also undertake independent masters-level research focusing on contemporary practice – developing your research and project management skills, as well as your knowledge and skills within a specialist area of planning.
We offer an optional Professional Project elective module where you can identify a client and develop a self-directed professional project. Here your learning takes place in a professional environment with ongoing support from our tutors – enabling you to develop your project management and consultancy skills.
With links to professional practice and visiting speakers – as well as work-based learning and a mix of full and part-time learners – the course provides a number of opportunities for you to develop your networking skills
Planners are employed across a range of private consultancies and public sector roles. They contribute to wider policy development, campaign bodies and pressure groups.
A planning qualification can open opportunities in
- strategic planning and policy development
- development implementation and management
- environmental protection
- infrastructure planning
- transport and accessibility planning
- housing planning, development and delivery
- economic development
- health planning
- heritage and historic environment
- waste, energy and minerals planning
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course, you work with
- a virtual learning environment
- specialist ICT support
Normally you must meet our general entry requirements and have a minimum of a 2:2 degree. For the part-time course, we may consider you without a degree if you have extensive relevant experience, and subject to the approval of the course leader and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
International qualifications that are equivalent to UK qualifications are acceptable. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Housing Planning And Development||Credits: 15||
|Module: Planning Theory And Context||Credits: 15||
|Module: Policies For Space And Place||Credits: 15||
|Module: Shaping Places||Credits: 15||
|Module: Applied Research Methods||Credits: 15||
|Module: Environment & Infrastructure||Credits: 15||
|Module: Major Research Project||Credits: 45||
|Module: Planning And Growth||Credits: 15||
|Module: Sustainable Master Planning||Credits: 15||
|Module: Comparative International Planning||Credits: 15||
|Module: Introduction To Gis||Credits: 15||
|Module: Professional Project||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2022/23 are: Year 1: £2,915 Year 2: £5,830.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Geography and environment courses (PDF, 747.3KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.