UWE Bristol

MSc Urban Planning

A highly flexible, professionally accredited course from a well-established department with excellent industry and placement links. Taught by active researchers and academic experts, with input from leading industry figures, the course is highly reflective of current practice.

MSc Urban Planning is suited to a range of entrants - graduates from related disciplines, such as geography, professionals from planning practice and those from non-related backgrounds who are passionate about the subject. It is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and prepares you for work as a planner in a wide range of roles, including in local or central government, private practice and the third sector. We also prepare you for potential work outside the UK, with an international context to the knowledge and skills you develop.

Linking learning with current practice

The course comprises advanced postgraduate study in urban planning and is firmly underpinned by a wide range of research, some of which is carried out by the course's excellent teaching staff and by faculty scholarships, consultancy and links with practice. Indeed, learning is strongly linked to practice, helping you become an effective, professionally qualified planner.

It also offers a range of study patterns to allow easier access to the course. Available over one or two years, it includes 'time out' options to help you manage your personal and professional commitments around your studies.

You can also specialise. We provide core planning knowledge and skills, with a range of specialised areas of planning available as you progress. 

Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above. This course is suitable for graduates of degrees from any academic background, particularly social sciences, geography and planning.

Career Prospects

This RTPI-accredited qualification offers postgraduates the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills for a range of fascinating careers, in a field where there is currently a shortage of qualified professionals. Bristol hosts a range of employers, particularly in the consultancy sector.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Course Details

Plan Making (30 credits) - An introduction to the core skills in conceiving, developing and writing plans for a range of spatial scales in a range of sectors.
Implementation and Design Quality (30 credits) - This gives you a practical and theoretical understanding of approaches to managing development through the mechanisms and system of planning. You will also develop an understanding of the analytical skills needed to make your decisions 'outcome-focused'.
History and Theory of Urban Planning (30 credits) - A look at some of the main ideas and theories that have shaped urban and rural spatial planning, focusing on the post-world war two era. Against
this background, we critically examine the fundamental justification and purposes of town planning.

Optional modules
Planning for Conservation
Healthy Cities
Grassroots Planning
Urban Design
Transport Policy and Finance
Changing Travel Behaviour
Leading Major Projects
Dissertation A
Dissertation B
Agency Project.

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