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International/EU: £14,460 for the course
- 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.
'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
- visiting speakers
- 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
Course leaders and tutors
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.
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.
A planning qualification can open up 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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, 438KB)
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