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 conceptual and contextual framework of spatial policy and plan-making in both urban and rural contexts, emphasising concepts of sustainability, the statutory framework, the purpose and nature of spatial planning and community and stakeholder engagement.
Here, we will consider ways in which plans and development frameworks are translated into sustainable realities through an understanding of development management and appeals, urban design, environmental assessment, financial appraisal, regeneration practices, partnerships, and equality and diversity objectives.
This module provides theoretical insights into how planning fits within the wider social dimension, assesses the impact for different stakeholders in society, and focuses on the skills agenda for planners.
You will develop the research skills required in a professional planning environment, and a robust understanding of the processes of research and applied social research at postgraduate level.
Here, you will study a specialist option available in urban design, housing, and environmental planning.
During this module you will develop your understanding of your specialist subject through production of a substantial piece of personal research in the form of a Dissertation.
Critically analyses the role of planning policy and practice in a crucial area of development, the provision of new housing and the regeneration of old, and considers the relationship between housing policy and planning.
Develops the ability and practical skills to critically reflect on the context and characteristics of the urban physical environment, and to develop an urban design strategy for a specific site or area.
This module focuses on current issues of planning and management of environmental resources which are central to the concept of sustainability, including waste and minerals, energy, water and flooding, biodiversity and natural resources, pollution and environmental health.
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 featuresIf your first degree does not satisfy our entry requirements, you may enrol on a 30-credit bridging course called Introduction to Town Planning Studies to prepare yourself for entry.
Planning and Society, which provides theoretical insights into how planning fits within the wider social dimension, assesses the impact for different stakeholders in society, and focuses on the skills agenda for planners; Research Design and Methods develops research skills required in a professional planning environment and a robust understanding of the processes of research and applied social research at postgraduate level. The specialist options available are Urban Design, Housing, and Environmental Planning.
Our course culminates in the Major Project, in which you will further develop your understanding of the specialist subject through production of a substantial piece of personal research (Dissertation).
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.
|Entry Requirements:||A second class honours degree or above in a subject that is cognate to the field of town planning. Examples include Environmental Studies, Architecture, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Politics and Surveying. Part-time students will benefit from being in relevant employment. Full-time students will benefit from recent experience in a relevant field of work. Those with the required degree classification in a non-cognate subject may take a `bridging course`, Introduction to Town Planning Studies, in the summer preceding the proposed date of entry to the MSc Town Planning. On successful completion of the bridging course candidates may progress to the MSc Town Planning. Non-Academic Conditions: Interviews|
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How to apply
Teaching times*Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am - 4pm
Available startsSeptember, January
Open DaySaturday 13 July
Postgraduate Open Day
FacultyScience & Technology
DepartmentEngineering and the Built Environment
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*Teaching days and times are for guidance only and are subject to change each academic year. We advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around their course times.