Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L722
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Urban Studies Built Environment Planning

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Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6920

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Number 1 RTPI accredited Planning School in the UK
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This three-year course gives you substantial knowledge of planning while offering the freedom to study a broader range of topics.

In your second and third years you can select modules from departments such as Geography, Politics and Sociology. You can transfer between BA Urban Studies and MPlan Urban Studies and Planning up to the end of your second year.

If you're interested in studying abroad, there are opportunities for you to spend part of your course in another country such as the USA, Denmark, France or Italy.

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 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
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
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
Data Analysis and Presentation
Economics for Spatial Planning
Information and Communication Skills
The Environmental Challenge
Employability Skills for Urban Studies and Planning (L1)

Second year

Core modules:

European Urban Field Class
Employability Skills for Urban Studies and Planning (L2)

Optional modules:

Profit, Planning and Context
Spatial Analysis
The Development Process
Urban Design and Place-Making
Urban Theory and Politics

Third year

Core modules:

Employability Skills for Urban Studies and Planning (L3)

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 21%
Independent study 77%
Placement 3%

Exams/tests 18%
Coursework 82%
Practical 0%

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

We're the top rated RTPI Planning School in the UK.

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.

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, we will give you the confidence and support you need to succeed.

Our close links to business and local government mean your course focuses strongly on skills for the workplace. Our graduate employment record is excellent; 95% of our graduates are in jobs (or further study) within 6 months of graduating.

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.

Please contact us for further details.

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

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