Taught course


The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelors degree with a minimum classification of Second Class Honours Upper Division (2:1) or its international equivalent. Admission of candidates who do not meet this criterion may be approved if satisfactory evidence of postgraduate study, research or professional experience can be provided. Please contact the School's admissions office for further guidance.

Months of entry


Course content

This fast-track conversion course is a one year full-time / two year part-time professionally accredited postgraduate planning programme that is fully recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under their Planning and Development (P&D) specialism.

The programme is popular with students who would like to undertake a Planning Masters Degree that will, after the successful completion of their studies and a period of working in practice, enable them to work in the planning and development professions in the UK. It has also proven popular with international students where RTPI accreditation is recognised by the equivalent planning body in their native country. In recent years, the programme has attracted students from a range of countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Barbados and India.

On successful completion of the programme students will have gained an understanding of the full range of professional skills relevant for planning practice. Graduates will also possess specialist skills relevant to a chosen specialism.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements:
  • IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or
  • TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or
  • Pearson Test of English score of 59 or more overall, with a minimum score of 59 in writing and a minimum score of 51 in the other subsections, or
  • Cambridge CAE or Cambridge CPE grade C (Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable)

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester, or to demonstrate an improvement in your language scores prior to the start of your course.

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Fees and funding

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2017 entry. For further information please click here .

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2017 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).

See also the University's postgraduate funding database for more funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment37
Creative work10
Professional practice20
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

+ 44(0)161 275 3463