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

2018 start

Course description

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.

This course is full-time only.

Ana Maria Monsalve Sanchez, MA Urban Design and Planning

Autumn semester

Core modules:

  • Spatial Planning Systems or Urban Development in the Global South


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

Spring semester

Core module:

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

The costs for the field trip are not covered in the tuition fee. You can find out more on the department course page.

Examples of optional modules

  • Cities of the South: Planning for Informality
  • Planning Law
  • Issues in Housing
  • Sustainable Development: A Critical Perspective
  • 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.


As part of this MA, you'll have the opportunity to do a one-week placement in a public sector organisation.

Any costs for the placement (such as travel) are not included in the course fees.

Course duration

1 year full-time

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).

You’re welcome to apply with a 2:2 degree, although we would normally expect to see evidence of work experience or other relevant activity.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 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:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6900