Our 12 month MSc course in planning is an innovative course aimed at enabling students from a wide range of backgrounds to gain the skills and knowledge relevant to a career in planning.
The course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), allowing you to become a chartered member of the Institute once necessary RTPI practice requirements have been met. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has a bursary for places on this accredited planning course. You can find more information on applying for the bursary here.
With our help, you'll develop your knowledge of the world in which you will practice as a planner.
You'll engage with and critically evaluate concepts and ideas about urban and rural communities and you will bring together theory and practice to imagine new opportunities to enhance urban and rural living. As one of our graduates you will be equipped for a career at the forefront of this field. You'll also be guaranteed a work placement in a local authority or planning consultancy.
Initially you'll be given a grounding in the core skills required of planners, and will then apply this in the spring semester in a real-life project. You'll also get the chance to specialise by choosing from a wide range of option modules and a fully-supervised dissertation completes the year.
Please note, this is an indicative selection of our option modules and availability varies each year.
As part of the MSc opportunities are available to undertake a one-week placement in a public sector organisation. Any costs (i.e. travel costs) with regards to the placement are not part of the course fees.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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 changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
The normal entry requirement for the MSc Urban and Regional Planning is a good honours degree, normally a First or Upper Second Class degree or its international equivalent. However, we recognise the value of experience and welcome applications from people who have been in practice or who bring other experience to their studies. We do not stipulate a prior or undergraduate degree in a particular subject and welcome applications from students who have a keen interest in planning, a commitment to work in the field and strong academic credentials. We treat each application individually and on its own merits. Applicants who were not taught in English for their first degree will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
English Language Requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
The Application Process
To apply for a place on the MSc Urban and Regional Planning, please fill in an application form. Further details about how to apply are available here:
More information about Departmental Open Days, including forthcoming dates, can be found via the link below:
The Department is committed to a policy of equality of opportunity in the application process and wishes to ensure a diversity of students on its courses. It therefore particularly welcomes applications from people from non-standard academic backgrounds, from people with relevant employment experience, from minority ethnic students, from women, from mature students and from students with disabilities.
International Pathway Programmes
Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.
Students graduating with an MSc Urban and Regional Planning are popular with a wide range of employers. Our graduates have found jobs in many leading organisations. Many others have gone on to work in private and public services or in business. The MSc Urban and Regional Planning gives you the ability to analyse, propose policies and implement strategies which is vital experience in moving forward to employment. You will also learn a wide variety of generic management and communication skills which is essential for any working environment. The transferable skills you develop in strategic thinking, teamwork, creativity and communication are exactly what most employers are seeking in almost any area in which you may subsequently decide to develop your career. The employability of our graduates is of paramount importance to us. Maximising employability underpins our course design and all our modules. We further enhance our graduates' employability through additional activities.
Read some of graduate employment stories.
Some of our students have the opportunity to study abroad during the course. As part of the Socrates-Erasmus Programme, students on the course are able to study for the Spring Semester in four institutions in Denmark, France or Italy. We have long-standing student exchange links with all institutions in these cities. Students studying in one of these four institutions will cover the same ground as those in Sheffield. More particularly, all students will engage in integrated project work related to urban development in the country of their choice. Students on the course are able to study for the Spring Semester at one of four institutions:
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning has long-standing student exchange links with all four institutions. Students studying in one of these four institutions will cover the same ground as those in Sheffield. More particularly, all students will engage in integrated project work related to urban development in the country of their choice.
This route through the MSc Urban and Regional Planning has been fully-accredited by the RTPI.
For more information about Study Abroad options contact Berna Keskin firstname.lastname@example.org