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Urban 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 MSc from one of the UK’s top planning schools can help you make a positive impact.
Postgraduate Urban Studies and Planning Student, Hussain Ziyath

Course description

Our one-year (12 months) 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.

Study in Europe

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

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Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)


Core modules

Autumn semester

  • Perspectives on Spatial Planning and Development
  • Values in Planning
  • Research Methods
  • Spatial Planning Systems or Urban Development in the Global South

Spring semester

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

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
  • Planning Law
  • Issues in Housing
  • GIS for built Environment Professionals
  • Advanced Software Skills for Urban Design

For a full list of optional modules, please visit the department's website.


There are lectures, seminars, computer workshops and tutorials.


You’re assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.


1 year full-time

The course 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
MSc Urban and Regional Planning

Entry requirements

For UK students, the usual entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or evidence of equivalent achievement (for example, a professional qualification combined with work experience).

We will consider your application if you have a 2.2 degree but we would expect you to have evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


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

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+44 114 222 6900

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.