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International Planning (MA)

Course Description

This MA in International Planning is intended for students who have an international appreciation of planning systems and activities and for students who intend to work outside of the UK after graduating.

Urban planning and the management of development is a global concern. On this course you'll develop professionally recognised skills to enable employment in the global planning field. You'll have the opportunity to understand the nature of urban and spatial planning in an international context.

You'll study different planning systems and develop your planning skills within a comparative context. You'll develop and in-depth study through the dissertation of an international planning issue or concern and visit a European country to investigate its planning practices - currently students visit the Ruhr in Germany or Turin in Italy. In the past visits have included Barcelona, Bucharest and Venice.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/international-planning-ma


Common modules
- Planning history and theory
- Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
- Development and regeneration
- Urban design- the heart of planning
- Comparative international planning
- Dissertation

1 x elective module from a range of Masters level modules:
- City marketing
- Housing in developing countries
- International real estate and construction
- Planning practice project

Modules are assessed by a mixture of essays, reports, projects, group work and seen exams.


This course provides you with a thorough understanding of urban planning in an international context. You'll be prepared for a career in this field throughout the world, and in a variety of international organisations, agencies, central or local government, and NGO's.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Visit the International Planning (MA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in relevant subject.

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