Taught course

Urban and Rural Planning

University of the West of England, Bristol · Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Entry requirements

Please see http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/K44062 for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Urban and rural planning plays an important role in society, and affects the way we all live. Its main concern is with managing acceptable and sustainable environmental change in a constantly changing world, and being at the forefront of shaping that world for future generations.

The MSc Urban and Rural Planning is led by UWE Bristol and delivered by a group of four UK planning Schools and the Open University. The four planning schools are:

  • Department of Geography and Environmental Management, UWE
  • Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Leeds Beckett University
  • Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, London South Bank University
  • School of the Environment, Dundee University

This course has the full support of the Open University, which provides a series of options for a 30-credit specialism in the final year of study.

We welcome applications from graduates with a relevant undergraduate degree, students with a degree in an unrelated area and non-graduates. Please see entry criteria for full details.

A wide ranging appeal

Our partnership approach means everything you need to qualify is available online nowhere else offers the same level of support through distance learning.

This course is studied over three years, so it is flexible and fits in with personal and professional commitments. It attracts a wide range of ages, and as it's specifically for online study with support from our partner universities.

You benefit from peer learning from a diverse range of experienced academics, plus excellent content and resources.

If you're already a graduate from a related subject, or have relevant professional experience combined with a degree in an unrelated discipline, you can join the MSc course directly.

If you are a non-graduate you will normally be required to pursue some study with the Open University before actually starting on the MSc. The amount of study with the Open University will vary depending upon your background and experience, but the course is designed so anyone can ultimately progress onto the MSc course, regardless of background.

Completing the course successfully leads to the RTPI-recognised MSc in Urban and Rural Planning, awarded by UWE Bristol. Completing a structured programme of planning experience followed by RTPI's Assessment of Professional Competence leads to full RTPI membership.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0)117 32 83333