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Year of Entry 2021/22

Urban Planning

Develop an innovative approach to planning, grounded in theory and lively academic debate, focusing on the knowledge and skills required for planning careers.

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What is the fee? Home: £2,830 - £5,660 per year
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Gain core knowledge and skills for contemporary planning practice.
  • Identify and explore key planning issues at a global, national and local scale.
  • Adapt the course to meet your academic interests and career aspirations.
  • Gain the core knowledge and skills for planning theory and practice.

Planning is a diverse profession. Explore your own interests and create a personalised professional profile with this fully RTPI and RICS accredited course. We offer an adaptable approach to learning and assessment and a range of specialisms, including environment, urban design and development, housing, historic environment , transport and infrastructure, economic development, and health.

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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 focuses on developing theoretical into practice skills, reflected in our teaching and learning approaches. You base your studies and assessment on a series of global, national and local real life issues and case studies. Our aim is to develop you as a critical and reflective thinking professional.

You learn through

  • a virtual learning platform
  • virtual and real world field work
  • self-directed study
  • reading and independent research
  • online tutorials
  • lectures
  • visiting speakers
  • seminars
  • studios and workshops
  • strategic planning and design scenarios
  • case studies
  • collaborative learning
  • group debate and discussion
  • urban design and spatial exercises
  • group debates and discussion
  • presentations

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 offer a Professional Practice module that allows you to develop a self directed professional project with client of your choice. Your learning takes place within a professional context supported by your academic tutors. This enables you to develop your project management and consultancy skills.

Networking opportunities

With links to professional practice, visiting speakers, a mix of full and part time learners, work based learning and our assessment approach the course provides a number of opportunities for you to develop your networking skills.

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Future careers

A planning qualification can open up 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
  • health planning
  • heritage and historic environment
  • waste, energy and minerals planning

Planners are also employed across a range of public and private sector bodies in wider roles in wider policy development and in campaign bodies and pressure groups.


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 online lessons and face-to-face teaching with 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

The course is delivered at the City Campus which benefits from

  • city centre location close to rail and bus links
  • extensive informal learning spaces
  • contemporary teaching accommodation
  • online subject based resources

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. 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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Housing Planning And Development 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

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Research Methods Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Environment & Infrastructure Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Major Research Project Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning And Growth 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: Introduction To Gis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Project Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 are: Year 1: £2,830 Year 2: £5,660.

† 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

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.

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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.

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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. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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