Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code K400
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Urban Studies Built Environment Planning

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Department of Urban Studies and Planning
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Department of Urban Studies and Planning

No. 1 RTPI-accredited Planning School in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Top 10 in the UK for Town and Country Planning and Landscape
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

The Complete University Guide 2019

Course description

This is a four-year course, professionally accredited by the RTPI, leading to an undergraduate Master of Planning qualification. The first year covers core ideas that influence planning and urban development and the skills planners need, including urban design. It includes a field trip to Edinburgh.

The second year develops your understanding of concepts and practices in town planning. There is a residential field trip, currently to the Netherlands. You can also apply to spend your second year at one of our partner universities in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia or Hong Kong. Before you begin your third year, you'll have a period of work experience in a local planning office or private sector planning consultancy, looking at how plans are made.

The third year focuses on how planning ideas and planning practice interact. You'll have a further period of work experience in a local planning office or private sector planning consultancy, during the Easter vacation.

Your final year prepares you for professional practice and allows you to develop your knowledge and expertise through specialist options. You can spend part of the year studying in Denmark, Italy or France under the Socrates-Erasmus programme.

Modules: what you study and when


Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Membership.

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 32
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Urban Studies and Planning website

First year

Core modules:

Development, Planning and the State
Planning Project
The Making of Urban Places
Economics for Spatial Planning
Information and Communication Skills
The Environmental Challenge
Urban Analytics
Professional Skills Development (L1)

Second year

Core modules:

Design and Development Project
European Urban Field Class
Profit, Planning and Context
Spatial Analysis
Urban Design and Place-Making
Urban Theory
Professional Skills Development (L2)

Third year

Core modules:

Environmental Policy and Governance
Housing Policy and Governance
Transport and Infrastructure Planning
Values, Theory and Ethics in Spatial Planning
Professional Skills Development (L3)

Fourth year

Core modules:

Development Planning
Urban Futures
Professional Skills Development (L4)

Optional modules:

Planning in Europe
Making Better Places
Advanced GIS Methods
Advanced Software Skills in Urban Design
Cities of Diversity
Governance and Participation in the Global South
Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment
International Real Estate Market Analysis
International Urban Development Consultancy Project
Making Better Places (ERASMUS)
Managing Cities: The Seoul Case Study
Mega Urban Projects
Planning Law
Planning for Informality
Sustainable development: a critical investigation

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 20%
Independent study 80%
Placement 1%

Exams/tests 16%
Coursework 83%
Practical 1%

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

We're the top-rated Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Planning School in the UK. Our courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to build a successful career in planning and other urban studies professions.

Planning and investing in the spaces where we live and work has never been more important. Our courses look at key issues such as sustainability and urban regeneration. We'll give you the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in the world.

As a top UK planning school we are acclaimed internationally for the quality of our teaching and research. Our strong links to businesses and local government mean our courses focus strongly on skills needed for the workplace. Employers tell us the skills they need from planning graduates, and we help you to develop them.

We encourage you to be creative and apply your skills to complex social, political and environmental issues. With an 'open door policy' and balance between lectures, seminars and practical work, our staff will give you the confidence and support you need to succeed.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning website

What our graduates do

Most of our graduates go on to work in planning or a related career in the built environment professions, including housing, transport planning, development control, forward planning, regeneration, urban design, heritage and conservation.

Employers include private and public sector organisations such as Jones Lang LaSalle, Birmingham City Council, Arup and Network Rail. More than half of our graduate planners take up posts with planning consultancies and several are employed by major global built environment firms.

The types of roles our students enter into in their first year after graduating include Graduate Planner, Environmental Advisor, Property Analyst, Renewable Energy Project Officer, Planning Consultant, Regeneration Project Officer, Chartered Surveyor and Strategic Land Buyer.

Student profile

"The whole experience has been amazing, it's such a good place. The student community is great. It's surprising how comfortable you can feel at home here in a short space of time."

Stacey Clark
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