Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L722
Duration 3 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

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

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

In your second and third years you can choose to take modules in geography, politics and sociology. We also offer the flexibility to transfer between BA Urban Studies and MPlan Urban Studies and Planning, a year or more into your studies.

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.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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 + additional qualifications BBC + B in a relevant EPQ
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:

European Urban Field Class
Professional Skills Development (L2)

Optional modules:

Design and Development Project
Profit, Planning and Context
Spatial Analysis
Urban Design and Place-Making
Urban Theory

Third year

Core modules:

Professional Skills Development (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 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

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