Welcome to Urban Studies and Planning 

johnWelcome to The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, one of the most established and dedicated planning schools in the world.

The Department is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the teaching and research of urban issues and planning, guided by our mission to contribute to making vibrant, sustainable and socially just places.

When you choose to study with us you are joining the top most rated RTPI Planning School in the UK and one of top rated in the world.  We're a department with outstanding ratings for teaching and research. We've achieved this excellence in teaching with the help of our vibrant community of students. Our courses are shaped by students' feedback and all students have the opportunity of becoming involved in the design and development of the courses. You'll have access to a wealth of varied and flexible courses that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to build a successful career in planning and other professions in a range of international contexts. On completion of your course you will achieve a professionally recognised qualification, which leads to membership of numerous accrediting bodies.

We've strong links with practicing planners and other professions to ensure our graduates have the knowledge and skills for careers at the forefront of the global planning community. Employability is of paramount importance to us and you will be able to use our dedicated programme focusing on employability and work placements. Our graduates go on to many varied and distinguished careers in planning and in other professions with 95% going onto to employment or further study. Our illustrious alumni features many highly acclaimed professionals in their field and we are incredibly proud of this growing network.

All of our staff are research active on behalf of government, research councils, business, the voluntary sector and local communities in the UK and abroad. This link with dynamic, cutting edge thinking ensures up-to-the-minute relevance of teaching material and we are committed to ensuring that our research has a significant and positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.

I’m privileged to be leading this globally recognised department in one of the UK’s leading Russell Group universities at one of the top 100 universities in the world. Explore our website via the links on the left and discover how you can help make better places, where we can all live better lives. 


John Flint

Head of Department