Courses 

Within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences CURS offers a number of exciting and forward thinking Joint Honours undergraduate courses as well as professionally accredited taught MSc degree programmes, Postgraduate Diplomas, Certificates and other qualifications that can be taken on a full-time, part-time or modular basis. CURS has RTPI accreditation for Urban and Regional Planning and IED accreditation for Local and Regional Economic Development.

Undergraduate degree programmes

Through the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, CURS contributes to four joint honours combinations. Each is an academically stimulating degree, which offers the scope to specialise in particular policy areas and career avenues in the later stages of the course. 

Geography and Urban and Regional Planning BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

Urban and regional planning has a critical impact on the nature of the built environment. It helps to shape the nature, form and function of our towns and cities. Planners are involved in the making and shaping of place. Moreover, the planning system is in place to ensure that [more...]

Planning and Economics BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

Urban and regional planning has a critical impact on the nature of the built environment. It helps to shape the nature, form and function of our towns and cities. Planners are involved in the making and shaping of place. Moreover, the planning system is in place to ensure that [more...]

Planning and Social Policy BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

Our Planning and Social Policy Joint Honours BSc degree courses is delivered by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) in collaboration with other departments from the College of Social Sciences. Based in the great planning laboratory that is Birmingham, you will [more...]

Spatial Planning and Business Management BSc

  • Undergraduate
  • Joint honours combined
  • 3 years

Urban and regional planning has a critical impact on the nature of the built environment. It helps to shape the nature, form and function of our towns and cities. Planners are involved in the making and shaping of place. Moreover, the planning system is in place to ensure that [more...]

Postgraduate degree programmes

Much of our research and teaching is intended to help policy-making by providing a bridge between academic research and the needs of policy-makers in central and local government and other agencies. Underlying this is the aim of developing a better understanding of the processes of change in the urban and regional environment; the reasons for change; and its effects on towns, cities and regions and the people who live there. The following courses are available on a full or part time basis:

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

  • Postgraduate
  • Continuing professional development, taught
  • Full time, part time

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.

Research degrees

Urban and Regional Studies PhD

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctoral research
  • Full time

The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) offers a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies. The PhD degree may include a coursework element and can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Prospective applicants are invited to apply, outlining their research interests. We have [more...]