Urban and Regional Planning Degree Apprenticeship - Level 7

Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship offers a route for new and existing employees to progress into professional planning and roles in related fields, funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. At the end of the programme students will gain Chartership of the RTPI as well as a MSc Urban and Regional Planning. 

Degree Apprenticeships are a new education route bringing together university study and the invaluable on-the-job training typical of an apprenticeship.

Students enrolled on the course will be fully supported by the University of Birmingham and gain the practical knowledge and understanding required for careers in urban and regional planning, regeneration, economic development, housing and transport. This Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship, aligned to the Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Standard, allows learners to gain an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.

Degree Apprenticeship Levy Funding
Discover all the latest information on the apprenticeship levy. Find out more about University of Birmingham Degree Apprenticeship provision here.

Guidance for Employers and Employees
The programme is fully levy-funding compliant. Talk to our Degree Apprenticeships team to understand what this might mean for you.

Why study this course

  • Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Part time delivery to suit both learner and employer needs
  • Fully levy-funding compliant with advice and guidance from our Degree Apprenticeship team
  • Provides students with the foundations to build a successful and fulfilling career in spatial planning and related fields
  • Designed to provide a grounding in the essentials of the planning system, to encourage critical reflection on current debates and to foster a greater understanding of the importance of planning and the role of planners in mediating between different interests in contemporary society
  • 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
  • As a Russell Group University our Degree Apprenticeship programmes are developed with research-informed teaching at their heart, bringing together world-class research and cutting-edge facilities to produce exceptional learning outcomes


Core modules 

  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • The Planner in Contemporary Society
  • Planning Methods & Techniques
  • Place Making & Urban Design
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Property Development
  • Integrated Planning Project
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Urban Regeneration and Renewal
  • Towards Urban Renaissance: Community Involvement in the Built Environment
  • International Planning
  • Creative Economies and Creative Cities

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

The Degree Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a 2:1 Honours degree combined with relevant work experience. 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

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band)

How to apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship programme through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria. For all enquiries relating to this Degree Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:

Email: degreeapps@contacts.bham.ac.uk

The Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Birmingham is a leading international centre for research, teaching and consultancy in spatial and social planning studies, an academic and policy discipline that encompasses agendas around housing, regeneration, economic development, communities and the governance of public policy.

Learners on the Degree Apprenticeship programme are part of an academic community and will learn from both academics and place-based specialist practitioners. From the outset participants are encouraged to become independent and self-motivated learners, who will be challenged and expected to think for themselves.

The programme is taught on a day release basis. Students attend the university on Mondays in first year and Tuesdays in second year. This incorporates attendance for teaching sessions in term time as well as a small number of additional days out of term time to prepare for assignments and coursework.

The programme exposes learners 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”.

The structure enables learners 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.

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.

Upon completion of the taught elements of the programme, learners will complete an independent End Point Assessment which will consist of a Professional Discussion and Assessment of Professional Competence.

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.