MSc/PGDip/PGCert Urban Planning

Course overview

Qualification Master's Degree
Study mode Full-time
Duration 1 year
Intakes September
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Entry Requirements

  • We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above. This course is suitable for graduates of degrees from any academic background, particularly social sciences, geography and planning.
  • We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirements, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe your professional experience and qualifications in detail.
  • International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.


The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

There are three core modules to the taught element of the course:

  • Plan Making (30 credits) - An introduction to the core skills in conceiving, developing and writing plans for a range of spatial scales in a range of sectors.
  • Implementation and Design Quality (30 credits) - This gives you a practical and theoretical understanding of approaches to managing development through the mechanisms and system of planning. You will also develop an understanding of the analytical skills needed to make your decisions 'outcome-focused'. 
  • History and Theory of Urban Planning (30 credits) - A look at some of the main ideas and theories that have shaped urban and rural spatial planning, focusing on the post-world war two era. Against this background, we critically examine the fundamental justification and purposes of town planning.
  • Dissertation (60 credits) - A research project supported by training and tutor supervision.

You also choose two 15 credit modules from the following, based on your intended specialism:

  • Planning for Conservation
  • Healthy Cities
  • Grassroots Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Transport Policy and Finance
  • Changing Travel Behaviour

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