Taught course

Town Planning

University of Brighton · School of Environment and Technology

Entry requirements

Normally a second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Candidates with differing qualifications may apply for the PGCert or PGDip. Applications from candidates with other qualifications, and appropriate industrial experience will be assessed on an individual basis. Candidates will be interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content

Created in conjunction with the government to meet a local skills shortage, the University of Brighton's Town Planning MSc is the only course South of the M25 where you can graduate with industry accreditation. We are also the only university in the country offer dual-accreditation for RTPI (for students looking to go into town planning) and RICS (for students looking for become chartered surveyors).

This courses mixes theory and practice so that you'll learn to think and act both locally and globally for real world application. In addition to promoting a shift from instruction to facilitation, a fusion of formal and informal learning, mentoring, and local and international study visits promotes learning that is both embedded in the local community and a vehicle for global citizenship.

The programme benefits from an international and environmentally conscious curriculum that promotes critical thinking, community engagement, partnership building and leadership, and is unique for its outstanding location by the sea, the nearby South Downs, and a 180 degree catchment area.

This programme is for:
- Graduates with unrelated first degrees seeking to study for planning qualifications
- Graduates in any relevant discipline - such as geography, architecture, building, surveying, law - wishing to gain a higher or specialist planning qualification
- Graduates with a first degree in planning looking to study for a masters qualification as a route to a professional career or further study at doctorate level
- Candidates without a degree who can demonstrate significant work experience and a wish to build a professional career will be considered for entry on to the certificate programme initially

Due to the professional nature of this course, overseas students who have already completed a postgraduate qualification can still register for this course and apply for a Tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Creative work10
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School Office
+44 (0)1273 642288