Urban and Regional Planning (with RTPI accreditation) MSc/PG Diploma/Certificate

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Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment, and can be studied either full- or part-time.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September

Contact

Laura Benson 
Programme Administrator 
Tel: +44 (0) 414 3260
Email: l.j.benson@bham.ac.uk

Austin Barber (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer and Programme Admissions Director
Tel: +44 (0)21 414 2984
Email: a.r.g.barber@bham.ac.uk 

Mike Beazley (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3278
Email: m.j.beazley@bham.ac.uk  

Details

The use of land and space is a hotly contested issue of fundamental importance to creating healthy communities and maintaining a good quality of life for local residents. Planners play a critical role in mediating between competing interests and building the foundations for equitable growth, sustainable environments and livable communities.

Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment, and can be studied either full-or part-time. It is ideal for those who wish to gain a professional qualification that will enable them to pursue and build a career in spatial planning and related areas of regeneration, economic development, housing and transport.

The structure enables students to combine the core modules and material in spatial planning with a specialist focus in fields such as urban regeneration, community based planning, economic development and urban resilience.

Why study this course

Our students benefit hugely from the diversity of activity undertaken by CURS within the School of Geography. Our extensive research and consultancy work ensures that our teaching is relevant, up-to-date and research-led, while losing none of its intellectual rigour.

Modules

Core modules 

  • The Political Economy of Cities and Regions 
  • Planning Methods and Techniques 
  • The Planner in Contemporary Society 
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning 
  • Urban Property Development 
  • Sustainable Cities 
  • Place Making and Urban Design 
  • Integrated Planning Project

Optional modules

  • Urban Regeneration and Renewal 
  • Towards Urban Renaissance: Community Involvement in the Built Environment 
  • Economic Development 
  • Resilience, Energy and Urban Living

Students study eight core modules, plus one optional module and a dissertation of 15,000 words. In terms of the progression through the programme the choice of option must be related to the dissertation.

Fees and funding

This programme is in fee band D for international students

  • Home/EU students £6,570 FT (£3,285 PT), PGDip/PGCert £5,160 FT (£2,580 PT)
  • International students £13,665 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships and bursaries may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good Honours degree or equivalent. For a Graduate Diploma you should have a degree or diploma or equivalent qualification in an appropriate field. Graduate Diploma students who achieve Masters level in their modules may be transferred to the Masters level.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Laura Benson 
Programme Administrator 
Tel: +44 (0) 414 3260
Email: l.j.benson@bham.ac.uk

Austin Barber (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer and Programme Admissions Director
Tel: +44 (0)21 414 2984
Email: a.r.g.barber@bham.ac.uk 

Mike Beazley (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3278
Email: m.j.beazley@bham.ac.uk  

Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham postgraduate student you are part of an academic community and will learn from both academics and place-based specialist practitioners. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, and we want you to be challenged and to think for yourself.

As a student you will be exposed to a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, small group teaching sessions, seminars, student-led workshops and tutorials. The teaching emphasis is on participative approaches to learning that enable students to reflect critically on important current debates in the practice and principles of spatial planning in diverse urban regions. To provide a “real world” feel for the programme there are a number of planning practitioners who directly input into the programme and we make good use of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands as part of our overall “learning laboratory”.

Studying with us you will enjoy a favourable staff–student ratio and full tutorial support. The department is centrally located on the campus close to the library, and provides access to photocopying and computer facilities. You will have access to a comprehensive support system throughout your time at Birmingham that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

As well as having access to professional journals and magazines within the department, students can also use the University’s main library and the increasingly large variety of learning materials and library research services (eg, e-journals and WebCT) via the internet.

Assessment methods

The MSc Urban and Regional Planning programme places an emphasis on applied, real world study, ensuring you gain those essential skills valued by all employers, including group and project work, IT skills, presentations and report writing skills. There will be a variety of assessments that you will have to complete including essays, reports, project-based work, reflective think-pieces and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Contact

Laura Benson 
Programme Administrator 
Tel: +44 (0) 414 3260
Email: l.j.benson@bham.ac.uk

Austin Barber (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer and Programme Admissions Director
Tel: +44 (0)21 414 2984
Email: a.r.g.barber@bham.ac.uk 

Mike Beazley (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3278
Email: m.j.beazley@bham.ac.uk  

Employability

This programme is ideal for those who wish to gain a professional qualification that will enable them to pursue and build a career in spatial planning and related areas of regeneration, economic development, housing and transport.

Contact

Laura Benson 
Programme Administrator 
Tel: +44 (0) 414 3260
Email: l.j.benson@bham.ac.uk

Austin Barber (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer and Programme Admissions Director
Tel: +44 (0)21 414 2984
Email: a.r.g.barber@bham.ac.uk 

Mike Beazley (Co-Programme Director)
Senior Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3278
Email: m.j.beazley@bham.ac.uk