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Course content

Do you want to pursue a professional career in planning? As the UK’s newest planning school, our programme has been designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the formulation and delivery of spatial planning policy across the built and natural environments. You will be prepared to develop or enhance a career as a chartered town planner in a rapidly changing world. Choose to take this programme either full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Key features

-Develop broad-based, multidisciplinary and cross-professional approaches to place making and the planning and management of the built and physical environment for sustainable development.
-Deepen your understanding through our programme’s specialist options on urban coastal, marine planning, rural planning or sustainable transport issues.
-Explore planning issues of particular relevance to South West England, set within the context of national and international experience.
-Expand your skills through applied and experiential learning, including fieldwork, practicals, case studies, role play, debates and engagement with professional practitioners.
-Benefit from a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on small-group teaching and high levels of staff-student interaction.
-Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
-Develop the key skills and professionalism to prepare you for an effective contribution to the workplace, including lifelong learning and preparation for the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Course details

Develop a comprehensive knowledge of planning, enabling critical evaluation of evidence from a range of perspectives related to the natural and built environment. As an RTPI combined programme, core modules cover the general foundation of spatial planning (including urban design), and specialisms reflect planning issues relevant to South West England and existing strengths within the University: marine and coastal planning, rural planning and sustainable development. Our programme will enable you to develop a professional career in planning in the public, private or voluntary sector. We offer a supportive learning environment with small-group teaching and extensive interaction with our staff, emphasising the critical skills necessary for professional effectiveness in planning-related careers.

Core modules
-PLG503 Environmental knowledge: from field to stakeholder
-PLG502 Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development
-PLG505 Urban Design: theories, methodologies and practice
-PLG501 Issues and Values in Planning Practice
-PLG504 Development Management and Delivery

Optional modules
-PLG510 Dissertation (full-time route)
-PLG511 Dissertation (part-time route)
-PLG506 Rural Planning
-PLG508 Coastal Urban Regeneration
-PLG507 Sustainable Transport Governance: Policy and Practice
-PLG509 Marine Planning

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Planning - MSc page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

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