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Study for your Masters (MSc) in Planning and Development from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University, Belfast and engage with a degree which is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is designed to educate you in a broad range of disciplines. 

THE PROGRAMME

Through an intensive programme of project work, lectures, seminars, study visits and supervised research, this course will prepare you for a career in planning and development. It is overseen by professional Partnership Boards of practitioners, academics and members of the Institutes, which ensures that the knowledge, skills and value awareness imparted during education and training are always up-to-date and cutting-edge.

You will grapple with issues and concepts as wide-ranging and diverse as: 

  • Planning Theory and Practice
  • Environmental Planning and Governance
  • Planning Skills and Ethics
  • International Planning Studies
  • GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Spatial Analysis
  • Property Development
  • Community Planning and Regeneration
  • Planning Law

This MSc is professionally accredited and has a strong emphasis on the practical skills and knowledge required for theoretically-informed practice. The degree incorporates a week-long study visit to a venue outside Northern Ireland during the Semester 2, and work shadow experience in Northern Ireland on the planning appeals process after the end of Semester 2 examinations.

COURSE CONTENT

The course’s primary focus is on attaining a professional qualification. It is designed to take your broad knowledge of planning and provide the detail that will give you the professional skills and experience you’ll need to forge a career in this area.

Your dissertation will be a work based project, working for a client organisation on a brief that they commission. You will learn the use of techniques (GIS, design software, statistical analysis) but more importantly, how to apply them to solve problems, create new solutions for the built environment and understand the complexity of environmental management.

THE ENVIRONMENT

You’ll be working in an applied problem-solving environment, confronting genuine challenges in the field and making a real contribution to sustainable environments.

We place an emphasis on projects on live planning problems such as a Development Plan exercise for a client (local authority), on studio work and applied learning outside the class including problem-solving with controversial proposals, such as fracking and windfarm applications.

You’ll work with your fellow students in teams to find practical approaches to the management and development of the built environment.


Visit the MSc in Planning and Development page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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