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Develop the expertise needed to become an ethical and informed planner and help make a difference to the communities and environments where people live and work. This integrated masters course will allow you to follow both large and small local planning projects from their initial proposal through to their finished sites.

You will use computer aided design (CAD), SPSS research software and geographic information system (GIS) software and engage with experts from industry through field trips, live projects and guest lectures - previous speakers have included planning lawyers from international law firm Eversheds and urban designers from Leeds City Council. In your second year you will work with a community group or local council to put together a neighbourhood plan, adding to your technical know-how and strengthening your communication skills.

We will help you understand the challenges planners face today, including the impact of new planning policies and the need for affordable housing. The issues of sustainability and regeneration will be at the heart of your course and we will give you a solid grounding in planning regulations and laws so you can assist in designing the sustainable communities of the future.

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Graduating from a course accredited by the RTPI will leave you well placed to secure a rewarding career in a number of sectors. Whether you choose to work for a local authority, a private planning consultancy or with community groups, you will be able to make a real difference to the world around you. Your theoretical and design expertise could see you working as a development control officer, planning consultant or planning assistant.

  • Development Control Officer
  • Senior Planning Consultant
  • Planning Assistant


Across four years of study, you will gain the specialist planning knowledge you will need to address global and local issues. You will develop the design, drawing and model making skills to make plans and communicate your vision, and the in-depth understanding of development strategies, resource management and regulation needed to make well-judged and timely responses. All the modules detailed are core. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

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Additional information

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Financing your studies

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