Taught course

Town and Regional Planning

University of Sheffield · Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good honours degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

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.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates work in planning, real estate and related professions with private sector planning and real estate consultants, local authorities, policy analysts and international development and design agencies.

How we rate

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) says we’re the best RTPI-accredited planning school in the UK. 85 per cent of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ ‘internationally excellent’ with ‘outstanding impacts’.

How we teach

Nothing is more important to us than your career. We work closely with industry to make sure our courses are up-to-the-minute and relevant so you’ll learn the skills you need to make it to the top in your chosen profession.

You’ll go on site visits and and take part in exercises that simulate real global challenges. Past field trips have included trips to London, Seoul, Cairo and Istanbul. We also organise work placements with planning agencies.

There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials. You’re assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Autumn semester

Core modules: Governance of Place; Theorising Planning and Development; Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development; Urban Development in the Global South.

Spring semester

Core module: Integrated Project or International Planning Project.

Examples of optional modules

Natural Resources Planning; Sustainability: A Critical Perspective; Issues in Housing; Local and Regional Economic Policy; Planning Law and Regional Governance; Managing Cities: the Seoul Case Study.

Study in Europe

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

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with 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 6180