Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code K400
Duration 4 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Urban Studies Built Environment Planning

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Undergraduate admissions team
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6900
Email usp-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/usp/undergraduates

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

No. 1 RTPI accredited planning school in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

UK top 5 for town and country planning and landscape
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 The Complete University Guide 2020

Course description

Our MPlan Urban Studies and Planning course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which provides a route to a professionally recognised town planning qualification, and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which allows you to become a chartered surveyor without having to do any further courses. Our housing modules are also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), making the MPlan the only course of its kind in the UK to offer triple professional accreditation.

The course develops your knowledge of planning and urban issues, your practical planning and transferable skills, and specialised knowledge of particular areas.

The first year covers core ideas that influence planning and urban development and the skills planners need, including urban design. Your first year will also include a residential field trip, which is included in your course fees.

The second year develops your understanding of concepts and practices in urban studies and planning, including a hands-on international residential field trip, included in your tuition fees. You can also apply to spend this year at one of our international partner universities. 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 our European exchange programme.

Modules: what you study and when

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 ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers AAABB
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
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 4/C; 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:

Dissertation
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

As a top UK planning school, we’re acclaimed internationally for the quality of our research and teaching. We teach using lectures, seminars, workshops, online resources and cutting-edge technology such as virtual reality. A lot of our teaching takes place outside the classroom. Sheffield is a living laboratory where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from community groups and planning professionals in order to make better places to live and work. We offer field classes in the UK and Europe and you'll have the option to spend a part of your degree studying at one of our overseas partner universities. Our dedicated Placements and Employability Manager maintains close links to business and local government, so that you develop the skills businesses need and gain practical experience through work placements. Our courses are assessed through exams, group work, live projects, policy reports, essays and independent studies. 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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 20%
Independent study 80%
Placement 1%

Assessment
Exams/tests 16%
Coursework 83%
Practical 1%

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

We're the top-rated Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited Planning School in the UK. Our degrees are designed with your career in mind. Our close links with industry mean you'll develop the skills employers really value.

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

Our dedicated Employability Team will enhance your employability and aid you in securing suitable work placements and experience. They can also check CVs, applications, cover letters, and help find the right graduate role for you.

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.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for public and private sector organisations such as AECOM, Arup, CBRE, Deloitte, Harrow London Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and the Lake District National Park Authority. More than half of our graduate planners take up posts with planning consultancies and several are employed by major global built environment firms.

Our alumni frequently return to the department to give talks on cutting-edge planning topics. Several alumni sit on our Liaison Board, ensuring our courses are in tune with the needs of employers. Many alumni work at organisations which can offer work placements, or choose to attend our speed networking event where current students can gain one-on-one careers advice.

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
Urban Studies and Planning



Katie Milnes
Urban Studies and Planning

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