MSc Urban Planning

Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2025/26
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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: £10,620 for the course
    International/EU: £17,725 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025

Course summary

  • 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.

Accredited by
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

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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 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
  • lectures
  • a personal academic adviser

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

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. 

Networking opportunities

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

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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

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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Housing Planning And Development
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Planning Theory And Context
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Policies For Space And Place
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Shaping Places
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environment & Infrastructure
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Healthy Places
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Major Research Project
Credits 45
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Planning And Growth
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sustainable Master Planning
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £10,620 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. Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2025/26 are: Year 1: £3,540 Year 2: £7,080.

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. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £17,725 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. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2025/26 are: Year 1: £5,910 Year 2: £11,820

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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.

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Why choose us?

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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Study in brand-new facilities with access to state-of-the-art digital software and laboratory equipment

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95% of our UK graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey)

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