Taught course

Urban and Regional Planning (with RTPI accreditation)

University of Birmingham · Centre for Urban and Regional Studies

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or its equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The use of land and space is a hotly contested issue of fundamental importance to creating healthy communities and maintaining a good quality of life for local residents. Planners play a critical role in mediating between competing interests and building the foundations for equitable growth, sustainable environments and livable communities.

Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment, and can be studied either full-or part-time. It is ideal for those who wish to gain a professional qualification that will enable them to pursue and build a career in spatial planning and related areas of regeneration, economic development, housing and transport.

The structure enables students to combine the core modules and material in spatial planning with a specialist focus in fields such as urban regeneration, community based planning, economic development and urban resilience.

Core modules

  • The Political Economy of Cities and Regions
  • Planning Methods and Techniques
  • The Planner in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Urban Property Development
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Place Making and Urban Design
  • Integrated Planning Project

Optional modules

  • Urban Regeneration and Renewal
  • Towards Urban Renaissance: Community Involvement in the Built Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Resilience, Energy and Urban Living

Students study eight core modules, plus one optional module and a dissertation of 15,000 words. In terms of the progression through the programme the choice of option must be related to the dissertation.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

Please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005