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MSc Urban Planning

Masters apprenticeship

Urban planningDevelop an innovative approach to planning, specialising in your area of interest and gaining the knowledge and skills required to advance your career. Achieve academic qualifications and Chartered Planner status while you work and earn in a related job role.

How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course and prepare for your Apprenticeship Endpoint alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Chartered Town Planner standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having little to no student fees to pay.

Our next start date for this course is September 2021

 The course is delivered over one day per week.  For those starting at Undergraduate level the course typically takes four years par-time. For those eligible to start at Masters level, the course typically takes two years part-time.  Upon successful completion of the MSc Urban Planning (DA), you then go on to prepare for and undertake the Chartered Town Planner Degree Apprenticeship Endpoint Assessment which you’ll complete within 12 to 18 months. Successful completion of the End Point Assessment leads to Chartered Town Planner status.


1. Course summary

  • Understand the purpose and principles of planning and explore types of planning in depth.
  • Apply your learning in the workplace, including the chance to undertake consultancy work.
  • Work towards Chartered Planner status and professional recognition with a masters degree.

This course covers the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as a reflective, creative and practicing planner. You can specialise in Environmental Planning, Urban Design and Development, Planning for Housing, Historic Environment, Transport and Infrastructure, Economic Development and Planning for Health. You will also gain inspiration from our academic team with extensive professional practice and research experiences. 


2. How you learn

The course is grounded in theory and lively academic debate, exploring a wide range of planning and planning skills, from translating ideas into policy frameworks to design and delivery of development. You'll explore housing, economic development, environment and climate change – all while learning through a variety of assessments. You'll also hear from cutting-edge guest practitioners. 

You learn through

  • attending the course Sheffield Hallam
  • professional reports and essay writing
  • critical appraisal and policy evaluation
  • design briefs and conceptual masterplans
  • viability assessments
  • preparing for an endpoint assessment for Chartered Planner status



3. Where you'll study

You'll learn in modern facilities in our Natural and Built Environment Department in our City Campus, led by our extensively experienced teaching staff. You are also supported to learn in your workplace with the support of a work based learning coach. 

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant planning role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

There are two entry points for this degree apprenticeship, which is made up of three individual qualifications.

To start in year 1 on the University Certificate in Urban Planning

The usual entry requirements are five GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade C, 4 or above, including English language and maths, as well as one of the following

  • 112 UCAS points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (we accept AS Levels and general studies)
  • Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship - Level 3 Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: a minimum of 45 passes at Level 3.

We may also consider relevant professional level work experience as an alternative to 32 of the UCAS points. 

After you successfully complete the University Certificate in Urban Planning, you'll move onto the University Advanced Diploma in Urban Planning in year 2.

After successful completion of the University Advanced Diploma in Urban Planning, you'll move onto the MSc Urban Planning.

To start in year 3 on the MSc Urban Planning degree apprenticeship

You can usually start directly on the MSc Urban Planning if you meet our general qualification entry requirements above, and you have a minimum of a 2:2 degree.


5. Modules

University Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Urban Planning • introduction to regeneration and planning • geographies of everyday life • sustainable regeneration practice • sustainable urban design • transport geography and planning • reflective and personal development skills for apprentices • reflective and personal development skills for professional performance • work-based investigation • local planning policy development • work-based project
MSc Urban Planning • planning, theory and context • policies for space and place • shaping places • housing, planning and development • environment and infrastructure • sustainable city ecologies • planning and growth • comparative international planning • professional project • applied dissertation

6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.

How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's what you need to do.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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