Reasons to study with us

By studying with us you will become part of a new and exciting generation of urban professionals, whose diversity of background and experience reflects life in the 21st century city. You will help to create fairer, healthier and more sustainable places; a crucial role in today's society.

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You will be taught by the best and receive an outstanding education in urban studies and planning. Our academic staff are global research leaders whose passion and expertise feeds directly into the classroom.

As a student, you will engage with teaching staff on the challenges and opportunities of managing social, economic, environmental and technological change in the present and future. You will study a range of modules that are research-led and interdisciplinary, with a strong focus on climate change, design and social justice.

Five reasons to study with us:

1) Outstanding graduate prospects

As a graduate you will be highly valued by a wide range of employers in planning, real estate and related fields. 100% of our MPlan graduates are in work or further study 15 months after course completion, according to the most recent Graduate Outcomes survey on discoveruni.gov.uk.

2) High student satisfaction rates

Our students recently voted us the top RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) accredited planning school in the Russell Group for valuing the opinions of students, and also for returning assessment and feedback to students on time, according to the 2023 National Student Survey.

3) High quality teaching

We are number 2 in the UK for Construction, Surveying and Planning, according to the Guardian University Guide 2023.

4) International reputation for research

You will join an internationally renowned centre of excellence in urban studies, planning and real estate. Our department is the UK’s top accredited planning school for research and impact, with more than 95 percent of our research considered world leading or internationally excellent, according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

5) You will not only leave with an academic degree but also obtain professional skills and qualifications.

The MPlan in Urban Studies and Planning gives full accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as partial accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

If you enrol into one of our flexible BA programmes, you can obtain a professional accreditation by taking one of our additional one-year Masters courses:

The MSc in Urban and Regional Planning and MA in Urban Design and Planning are fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).


USP academics, students and external visitors offer an insight into workshops ran by level 4 students who are helping to introduce A-level geography students to the field of planning

 The MSc Real Estate and MSc Real Estate Planning and Development are fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The MSc Applied GIS provides technical and practical skills to launch a career in GIS, applied policy research or spatial data analysis.

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.