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

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

The School of Environment, Education and Development Loyalty Bursary 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 2015 entry (terms and conditions apply - please contact us for further information).

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

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
+44 (0) 161 275 0421