You’ll need a good honours degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject from an approved institution.
Months of entry
About the course
Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
To deal with the complex challenges of urban development, planners have to know how to work with other professionals. This course equips you with the skills to produce sensitive plans and creative designs, taking into account the financial and practical issues associated with property development.
This course will develop your skills in urban design, planning and the development of cities.
You’ll study the UK urban experience and also rapidly urbanising cities in Asia and Africa. The course draws on leading teaching and research at the University, combining the urban design expertise of the School of Architecture and the international planning expertise of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. The course is accredited as a Specialist Planning Programme by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
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.
Core modules: Principles of Urban Design; Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development; Research Methods.
Examples of optional modules
A choice of two modules from a list including: Spatial Planning Systems; Urban Development in the Global South; Conservation and Regeneration; Policy and Law.
Core module: either Urban Development in the Global South or Integrated Project.
Examples of optional modules
Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design; Sustainability: A Critical Perspective; Transport Planning; Managing Cities: the Seoul case study; Cities of Diversity; Cities of the South.
Information for international students
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
- +44 (0)114 222 6180