MA Town and Regional Planning

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been so important. An accredited MA from one of the UK's top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.

The MA was a valuable experience that provided me with the knowledge and skills to work in planning and the opportunity to apply for jobs across a wide range of sectors.

Helen Blenkharn, MA Town and Regional Planning


About the course

Course description 2017

Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Our one-year masters will help you get started in the planning profession. The course examines the factors that shape cities and rural areas. We’ll show you how research is used in policy-making and evaluation. You’ll develop research and design skills, and specialise in an aspect of planning.

Town and Regional Planning student

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Values in Planning
  • Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Research Methods

Spring semester

Core modules:

  • Integrated Project or Urban Design in the Global South and International Field Class

Examples of optional modules

  • Transport Planning
  • International Real Estate Planning
  • Sustainable Development in Practice
  • Health, Wellbeing and the Build Environment
  • Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
  • Governance and Participation in the Global South
  • Issues in Housing
  • Planning Law
  • Advanced Software Skills for Urban Design

Study in Europe

You have the option to spend the spring semester at one of our European partner universities.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

You’ll need a good honours degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Professor Rowland Atkinson

We need to understand how wealthy areas in cities work and how they connect to the kinds of social outcomes we find in excluded communities. My interests in gentrification, gated communities and, most recently, on the super-rich in London not only considers themes of crime, domestic fortification and wealth, but also how these changes and experiences relate to questions of social division and segregation in cities today across the world.

Professor Rowland Atkinson

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: usp@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6920