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.

Our masters can prepare you for a rewarding career in planning, real estate, development and/or GIS.

As an introduction to the profession, an accredited MA from Sheffield is hard to beat. Our teaching and research are internationally recognised. Our graduates work all over the world.

We organise work placements with planning agencies. Professionals teach on our courses and collaborate with our students on projects. We also run field courses in London, Seoul and Istanbul.

About the course

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.

There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials. You'll take part in group work and exercises that simulate real-world challenges.

You're assessed on coursework and a dissertation.

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

Course content

Autumn semester core modules

  • Governance of Place
  • Theorising Planning and Development Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Urban Development in the Global South

Spring semester core module

  • Integrated Project or International Planning Project

Optional modules

These include:

  • Natural Resources Planning
  • Sustainability: a critical perspective
  • Issues in Housing
  • Judgement and Planning
  • Local and Regional Economic Policy
  • Planning Law and Regional Governance
  • Managing Cities: the Seoul Case Study


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Computer workshops
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation

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Town and Regional Planning student

My inspiration: seeing the present situation in India. Due to rapid development and growth, planning is not given much consideration... I already have an option of going back to work with planners in India and make a difference.

Veena Narayan, postgraduate student in Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Key facts

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

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Sheffield graduates have the skills to make it to the top in their chosen professions. Our graduates work in planning, real estate and related professions with private sector planning and real estate consultants, local authorities, policy analysts and international development and design agencies.

About us

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) says that we're the best RTPI-accredited planning school in the UK - 85 per cent of our research is classed as 'world leading' 'internationally excellent' with 'outstanding impacts'.

How we teach

Nothing is more important to us than your career. We work closely with industry to make sure our courses are up-to-the-minute and relevant so you'll learn the skills you need to make it the top in your chosen profession.

You'll go on site visits and and take part in exercises that simulate real global challenges. We run field trips to London, Istanbul and Seoul. We also organise work placements with planning agencies.

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

Apply now

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

T: +44 (0)114 222 6180