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MSc Urban Planning

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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2023/24

Urban Planning

Explore the environmental, social and economic aspects of urban planning on a professionally-accredited masters course.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,910 for the course
International/EU: £16,385 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Explore 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.
  • Create a professional profile to kickstart your career

Understand how our cities and neighbourhoods are developed and gain the relevant skills to shape their future. Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this course provides an adaptable approach to learning with a range of specialisms to explore. Choose from environmental planning, urban design & development, planning for housing, historic environment, transport & infrastructure or economic development.

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Honor Whitfield

'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 through our dynamic approach to teaching. You’ll develop your skills as an independent, critical and reflective learner through a range of professional learning experiences. You’ll benefit from a mix of face-to-face lessons and online tutorials. Not only does our virtual learning platform help you interact with course material and other students – it also gives you the skills you need to operate 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 

  • seminars
  • workshops
  • gateway talks and lectures
  • individual and group tasks
  • virtual fieldwork
  • case study analysis
  • real-life planning scenarios
  • online learning platforms

Course leaders and tutors

Kaeren van Vliet
Kaeren van Vliet
Senior Lecturer In Planning

I joined Sheffield Hallam, after twenty years in practice in landscape architecture and planning, as a senior lecturer in urban planning and design in 2007. I have b … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

We base your learning experiences around coursework that reflects contemporary practice. You’ll plan policy reviews, consider professional practice and ethics, develop comparative studies, critique design and undertake your own research. Instead of examinations, you’ll be assessed on these practical applications of skills and knowledge.

You can also undertake independent masters-level research. This focuses on contemporary practice within a specialist area of urban planning while developing your project management and consultancy skills. 

On the optional Professional Project module you can choose a client and develop your own project. Here your learning takes place in a professional environment, with ongoing support from our tutors. 

Networking opportunities

We’ll also encourage you to develop your professional network through our extensive links to industry, leading authorities and fellow students.

Future careers

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
  • regeneration
  • 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



This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a virtual learning environment
  • specialist ICT support

Entry requirements

All students

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.

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.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment & Infrastructure Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Housing Planning And Development Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Research Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning And Growth Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning Theory And Context Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Policies For Space And Place Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Shaping Places Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sustainable Master Planning Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Comparative International Planning Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

† 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,385 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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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, 203.2KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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