Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code LK74
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Geography 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

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 dual honours degree programme examines how people and places interact. Combining the best elements from courses in Geography and Urban Studies and Planning, this course draws on the teaching and research expertise of staff working across both departments.

This degree is highly flexible. The modules are a combination of geographic and urban planning topics, which offer complementary insights into the processes, policies and practices operating within urban and rural areas. You can select modules in order to specialise in particular areas.

The first year will establish the foundations of your knowledge of human geography and planning. In your second year, the course will build on your understanding of economic, social and political geographies along with the planning policies and market processes that shape change in our towns and countryside. Your third year allows you to specialise in the modules that interest you, and allows you to complete your own research project.

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
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 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

Department of Geography website

First year

Core modules:

Development, Planning and the State
Exploring Human Geographies
The Making of Urban Places
Information and Communication Skills
Professional Skills Development (L1)

Optional modules:

Environmental Change and Society
Exploring New Horizons in Geography
Planning Project
Economics for Spatial Planning
Housing, Home and Neighbourhood
The Environmental Challenge
Urban Analytics

Second year

Core modules:

Professional Skills Development (L2)

Optional modules:

Design and Development Project
Environment, Society and Politics
European Urban Field Class
Geographies of Development
Political Geographies
Profit, Planning and Context
Social and Cultural Geographies
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

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.

Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 81%
Placement 1%

Exams/tests 33%
Coursework 67%
Practical 0%

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

We're an internationally-renowned centre of excellence for the study of planning, urban studies and real estate, which includes environmental policy and international development. We help make better, healthier and more sustainable places.

We're the top rated Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) planning school in the UK, according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Our courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills to build a successful career in planning and other urban studies and environmental professions.

Our students are at the heart of a vibrant academic community, contributing to the department through our student-staff committee, evaluation processes and involvement in organised events. Our staff are approachable and we have an excellent staff-student ratio, resulting in a genuinely friendly and inclusive academic environment. Our cutting-edge research feeds directly into our teaching, and you'll be taught by world-leading academics in urban studies and planning.

We have an intellectual reputation for theoretical strength, especially in the fields of urban inequalities and social justice. Alongside this, many of our staff are involved in practical projects with a commitment to producing positive change in the world. We work with national governments, international bodies such as the UN, research councils, private business, the voluntary sector, and local communities in Sheffield, the UK and abroad.

Department of Urban Studies and Planning website

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield is a world leader in teaching and research. We're ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world for geography according to the QS Rankings 2019.

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, as well as a field centre in Tanzania.

Department of Geography 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

"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

Ben Dakin
Geography and Planning

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