Course overviewThis intensive course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for professional practice in town and country planning. It has been designed in response to the national shortage of professional planners - so graduates should be particularly well-placed to find exciting employment opportunities.
Course content focuses on the evolving planning system, the sustainability agenda, skills for planning practice, and the role of planners in the development of space and place. The eastern region offers a fascinating laboratory for new approaches to planning, including sustainable communities, environmental challenges, new house-building provision and proximity to mainland Europe. The exploration and examination of these contemporary issues will help to develop not only your professional knowledge, but also your ability to analyse complex issues, make sound judgements, solve problems and communicate and act autonomously.
This course will:
- equip you for employment through a rigorous course of study
- provide you with a qualification which meets the requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
- enable you to become a reflective town and country planning practitioner
- provide you with a supportive study environment.
Additional course informationIt is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed for professional practice in town and country planning. Once you have successfully completed the course and undertaken two years' practical work experience in planning, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the RTPI, which is highly regarded, both in Britain and overseas.
Your organisation can be confident that you have followed a course of study which is recognised by the RTPI for equipping students with the range of specialist professional and generic skills required to work in this challenging, creative and fast-changing profession.
- understand the different historical, legal, economic, social, political, conceptual and environmental contexts that affect planning activity
- debate underlying current developments in Town Planning
- appreciate the interrelationship between theory and practice in planning decisions
- demonstrate a specialised study area of planning: urban design, housing or environmental planning
- effectively utilise systematic, creative and flexible skills to carry out the totality of planning activity
- collect, critically evaluate and communicate information from a variety of planning resource materials
- demonstrate initiative and originality in developing responses to spatial planning needs
- work effectively both in a group and individually, demonstrating self-direction and autonomy in planning and implementing tasks at professional and postgraduate level.
This module introduces the central concepts which define contemporary practice and research in spatial planning, encouraging the development of a conceptual framework to underpin the purposes and nature of spatial planning. The social, economic, political and environmental contexts for planning, including their theoretical approaches, are studied through a series of cross-cutting concepts drawing on the multi-disciplinary foundations; this is developed into an exploration of theories of planning and the nature of planning as a process and as a profession.
The module is designed to introduce the core aspects of planning activity and assist in the development of a critical and practical understanding of the contextual and conceptual framework within which spatial planning operates in urban and rural contexts. The purpose and nature of spatial planning is debated, including its origins in the European Community, contemporary changes, and its application across and within the UK and abroad.
This module explores ways in which strategic plans and development frameworks can be transformed into a sustainable reality. The module develops an understanding of the legal, regulatory and policy framework governing land and property development in the UK, development management and appeals, environmental assessment, financial appraisal, regeneration practices, partnerships, community empowerment, equality and diversity objectives.
The focus of this module is the social and political context for planning in the UK, including planning as a construct of the prevailing social, economic and governmental extant policies that define planning; the module unpacks the relationship between planning and society. Social and political contexts are discussed in detail and their impact upon the nature of planning as a process and as a profession is explored.
The module has been designed to develop an understanding of the inseparable nature of the place and its context - a 'sense of place', and how this affects the design for new buildings and placemaking that contribute to the built environment. It examines the influences of the primary elements that form the physical environment in its historic, present and future context, and the relative legal and planning constraints that affect the built environment.
The Module aims to develop an understanding of the history and current position with regard to the environment and sustainability and to explore the interaction between society, construction and the environment. The module will establish the historical context of sustainable development and discuss future developments. Students will develop a systematic understanding of environmental issues and concepts of sustainable development in relation to the construction industry. A broad understanding of the pressures facing companies to address environmental and sustainable development issues will be discussed, together with an overview of the strategies and practices needed to address environmental and sustainable development.
This module provides an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design, to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for the Major Project/Dissertation.
This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and pursue a topic relevant to town planning that is of interest and/or will develop your specialist subject and in which you can develop a significant level of expertise.
In this module, students consider the development of housing and the relationship between this and planning, developing the ability to critically analyse planning policy and practice, together with the consideration of new policies for housing. It develops a good knowledge and understanding of the constraints, goals, methods and procedures of planning and housing professionals.
This Module is applicational in nature and is designed to provide a systematic understanding of a number of key tools and techniques used in the management of projects, together with their application. It will develop a systematic understanding of a range of project management techniques that are applicable to projects, enabling students to critically evaluate the project needs and to select and apply appropriate techniques to address these.
The module has been designed to introduce the concepts of professional Facilities Management enabling students to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and competencies required to critically analyse Facilities Management programmes and audits. It develops an understanding of how data is converted into information, identifies building performance and interprets the financial viability of operations concerned with the running of a historic building or complex.
AssessmentOur assessment methods are diverse and are designed to enable you to demonstrate your deepening knowledge and understanding of your subject. They will also enable you to gain confidence and experience in different methods of presentation of planning material. Our assessment methods include coursework and oral presentation, which may be either individually prepared or undertaken through group work or by formal examination.
Special featuresThe MSc Town Planning has been designed to provide a rigorous understanding of the theoretical and conceptual debates, processes and practices involved in town planning.
The course focuses closely on the core aspects of spatial planning practice, summed up by Royal Town Planning Institute as the mediation of space and making of place.
There is an emphasis throughout the course on the practical application of knowledge and skills. The course is designed to encourage each student to develop their own particular approach to provide the basis for the life-long development of their skills and career.
The modules are delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars.
Links with industry and professional recognitionThis course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Associated careersThis course is designed for those who wish to follow a career in spatial planning or an associated discipline.
We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.
How to apply
Teaching times*Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am - 4pm
Available startsSeptember, January
Fees & funding
Open Day29 November (health, social care, education and medical science)
Postgraduate Open Day
Advice & supportEmployability
FacultyScience & Technology
DepartmentEngineering and the Built Environment
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
- Complete enquiry form
* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.