Entry requirements

Admission to the course is primarily open to candidates who are progressing from the third year of an RTPI-approved undergraduate programme, namely students holding the BA in City and Regional Planning, or students who have graduated from equivalent programmes from other universities and whose transfer has been approved by the department in collaboration with the RTPI. In all cases, a minimum of a 2.2 (Hons) is required. Students with planning experience and/or other degrees and qualifications may be accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

The Diploma in Planning is centred on core modules that provide an in-depth understanding of professional planning practice and students also have the opportunity to broaden out their skills and knowledge by specialising in a specific area of planning practice.

The postgraduate Diploma in Planning is fully accredited by the RTPI when combined with the BA (Hons) in City and Regional Planning.

Core modules

Development Economics, Management and Finance examines the general elements of economic development and management which are applicable in a local government and development setting.

Contemporary Issues in Planning Law, Practice and Research gives you the opportunity to study emerging issues in spatial planning and to develop your own skills in the analysis of planning debates and in problem-solving techniques.

Implementation Project represents a project of professional advice for a client according to a pre-set brief in the form of a report of 7,500 words maximum.

Specialisation modules

You are required to complete any set of 'paired' modules from the following list (subject to availability and student numbers).

Urban Design:
Urban Design Studio I is project-based, applying the theoretical and operational concepts of urban design to a 'live' study site of more than 10 hectares.
Urban Design Theory I introduces the theoretical concepts underpinning current urban design practice approaches.
Urban Design Theory II explores design issues in more detail.
Urban Design Development consists of a set of specialist topic seminars. The specialist topics will vary.

Environmental Decision-Making:
Environmental Assessment examines the organisation, preparation, presentation, prediction, assessment and decision-making in environmental assessment techniques.
Environmental Law and Decision-Making examines the international, European and UK legal context of environmental decision-making.

Historic Conservation:
Design for Conservation provides an introduction to the differing philosophies underlying approaches to building in historic places, and familiarises students with the concepts of townscape appraisal and urban design.
Conservation Economics provides an introduction to financial and economic aspects specific to the conservation of buildings. The module combines with Historic Conservation in Context which provides an introduction and critical examination of the legal measures which preserve and enhance the historic environment.

Urban Planning in Developing and Transitional Regions:
Development and Urbanisation examines the theories, processes and consequences of rapid urbanisation in the developing world within the context of economic development and social change.
Urban Land Policy and Urban Management examines the processes of urban land development under conditions of rapid urban growth. The concept and development of land policy is examined.

Tourism Planning:
Sustainable Tourism Planning examines the growth, development and impact of tourism, introducing students to the broad issues affecting the planning and development of tourism as a base-line understanding of tourism planning and sustainable development.
Destination & Event Development

Urban Regeneration:
Introduction to Regeneration introduces the context within which urban regeneration takes place and examines different approaches to securing desired change.
Regeneration and Neighbourhoods

Information for international students

If English is not your main language then you will need: IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Dissertation (15000 words)
Assessment depends on module.100

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 483458