Taught course

Town and Regional Planning

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Our one-year masters will help you get started in the planning profession.

The course examines the factors that shape cities and rural areas. We’ll show you how research is used in policy-making and evaluation. You’ll develop research and design skills, and specialise in an aspect of planning.

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Spatial Planning Systems or Urban Development in the Global South


  • Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Values in Planning
  • Research Methods

Spring semester

Core module:

  • Integrated Project or Urban Design in the Global South and International Field Class

The costs for the field trip are not covered in the tuition fee. You can find out more on the department course page.

Examples of optional modules

  • Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
  • Planning Law
  • Issues in Housing
  • Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
  • Advanced Software
  • Skills for Urban Design

Placement As part of this MA, you'll have the opportunity to do a one-week placement in a public sector organisation. Any costs for the placement (such as travel) are not included in the course fees.

Study in Europe

You have the option to spend the spring semester at one of our European partner universities.

Course duration

1 year full-time. Full-time only.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6900