Taught course

Urban and Regional Planning (with RTPI accreditation)

University of Birmingham · Centre for Urban and Regional Studies

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. For a Graduate Diploma you should have a degree or diploma or equivalent qualification in an appropriate field. Graduate Diploma students who achieve Masters level in their modules may be transferred to the Masters level.

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.

Applicants are also eligible to apply for the Royal Town Planning Institute's Future Planners Bursary programme for the 2024/25 academic year. Full details, including eligibility criteria, and the application process can be accessed on the RTPI website. If you have any queries about the bursary or about the MSc more widely please contact programme director Dr Austin Barber.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,530 FT
International students
£26,280 FT only

We are delighted to announce that applicants to our MSc Urban and Regional Planning are eligible for the RTPI Future Planners Bursaries for the 2024-25 academic year. The bursaries are worth up to £5,000 each and will be awarded subject to a competitive process run by the RTPI. To be eligible you must have already submitted an application to study on our programme. Further information about the bursary, its eligibility criteria and the application process is available on the RTPI website.

The bursary deadline is typically early July so be sure to apply to our MSc in good time before that date.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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