Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code LK74
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Geography Planning

Any questions?

Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 6920
Email usp@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/usp/undergraduates

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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

Course description

This course is taught jointly with the Department of Geography. The modules offered are a carefully selected combination of geographic and town planning topics, offering insights into the processes, policies and practices operating in urban and rural areas.

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

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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 including Geography or another social science
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including Geography or another social science + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level Geography or another social science
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Geography or another social science
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B in Geography or another social science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including Geography or a social science
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
  • Social Science can include Economics, Geography, Government & Politics, Law, Sociology, World Development
  • 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

Department of Geography website

First year

Core modules:

Development, Planning and the State
Introduction to Human Geography
The Making of Urban Places
Information and Communication Skills
Employability Skills for Urban Studies and Planning (L1)

Optional modules:

Introduction to Environmental Geographies
New Horizons in Geography
Planning Project
Cities
Data Analysis and Presentation
Economics for Spatial Planning
Housing, Home and Neighbourhood
The Environmental Challenge

Second year

Core modules:

Employability Skills for Urban Studies and Planning (L2)

Optional modules:

Environment, Society and Politics
European Urban Field Class
Geographies of Development
Political Geographies
Profit, Planning and Context
Social and Cultural Geographies
Spatial Analysis
The Development Process
Urban Design and Place-Making
Urban Theory and Politics

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation
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 two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 81%
Placement 1%

Assessment
Exams/tests 33%
Coursework 67%
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

Department of Geography

Our modules are taught by leading academics and reflect our research expertise in fields such as politics, social and cultural geographies, environmental issues, glacial environments, climate change, landscape dynamics and ecosystem processes. Our programmes are highly flexible and can be tailored to suit your interests; you can choose modules from across Geography as well as modules from other academic departments. Our programmes include traingin in key skills, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and policy analysis. You'll also receive practical training through fieldwork.

Fieldwork is embedded throughout our programmes. As an international department, we ensure you'll have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in another country in Year 2, with the option of further international field classes in Year 3. Recent destinations for our fieldclasses include Berlin, California, Greece, morocco, new York, New Zealand, Uganda and Spain.

As well as group study areas, we have our own computer suites that are equipped with the latest remote sensing, GIS and modeling software packages. We also have state-of-the-art laboratories, including an environment centre in the Peak District and a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography 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



"We've just got back from a field class in California where we were in the Mojave desert looking at the landscape...we went with three lecturers who were extremely knowledgeable on drylands."

Bryony Smith
Geography



Ben Dakin
Geography and Planning

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