The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has a range of successful ‘urban’ related teaching programmes at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. This includes our Urban and Regional Planning MSc with RTPI accreditation.

The aim of the Urban Initiative is to make the School urban research strength a significant feature of our teaching offer. At undergraduate and postgraduate level it allows anchoring research-led teaching while offering opportunities to connect students to the wider community, stakeholders and decision makers. It is also used as an asset to widen and enhance transferable and employability skills by establishing clear links between research, teaching and practice. 

Urban and Regional Planning MSc (with RTPI accreditation)

Canal at Brindley Place, Birmingham

The flagship MSc Urban and Regional Planning, fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute, was launched in 2007 and is now one of the most successful degrees of its kind in the country.  

The programme aims to develop students as reflective practitioners and builds upon our research strengths in urban regeneration, community involvement and international city planning agendas. 

Our teaching is distinguished by its extensive engagement in our urban environment and in the city’s vibrant planning community. 

Using the diverse and dynamic city of Birmingham as a learning laboratory, students are immersed in project work and real-life planning initiatives in city centre districts like the Jewellery Quarter and Digbeth, evolving neighbourhoods like Selly Oak and Longbridge, and the inner city regeneration opportunities at Icknield Port Loop. 

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