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

Start date
MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£19,440 (International Students)
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Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), our Urban and Regional Planning MSc is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment.

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.

Study abroad at Birmingham has given me an amazing journey. I got beneficial things to do during my postgraduate study. I met classmates and lecturers from different countries that really valuable to give other perspectives. As a Muslim, I could find mosque and Halal food very easy. In addition, the transportation system is well-structured. I also had opportunity to travel around Birmingham as a vibrant city with its strategic location in UK.

Janu Muhammad

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.


Core modules 

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

Optional modules

  • Urban Regeneration and Renewal
  • Towards Urban Renaissance
  • Urban Economics and Real Estate
  • International Planning
  • Creative Economies and Creative Cities
  • Commercialisation in Public Services
  • Public Policy and Evidence
  • Public Management and Governance

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 for 2019

  • Home/EU students £9,250 FT (£4,625 PT), PGDip £6,360 FT (£3,180 PT)
  • International students £19,440 FT only

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Scholarships and studentships

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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 Funding, Graduation & Awards via the online enquiries system.

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

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Our Standard Requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. 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.

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International Requirements

International Students

English language requirements

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

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

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.
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.