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.
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.