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Course content

The breadth of material covered in our MSc in Sustainable Planning gives students the skills they need in order to meet contemporary sustainability challenges in planning. Planning has a key role to play in improving the condition of life in our towns, cities and rural areas. Towns and cities themselves impact on global sustainability and can play a very influential role in tackling global environmental, social and economic problems. Equally, implementing sustainability principles within urban and rural areas is essential for the well-being of the local residents and improvement of the local environment. Creating more sustainable towns and cities will be central to the future of society and the planet. The planning system is so important because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. Recent policy changes have made planning in neighbourhoods and in communities even more important.

Increasingly planners are being required to facilitate the creation of more sustainable urban environments. This requires expertise and skills in a diverse range of disciplines and nationally there is a shortage of relevant skills. This course offers both personal opportunities for students to gain valuable skills that make them highly employable, and allows them to contribute to a much needed and fast changing professional area.

Why choose this course?

This exciting new course is specifically aimed at people wishing to gain expertise in contemporary sustainability issues. It provides graduates with excellent career opportunities in planning, environmental management, urban design, community development, regeneration, transport management, climate change mitigation and other planning related careers.

The course is suitable for:

  • Students who have work experience in planning or related discipline and require a postgraduate qualification and subsequent professional accreditation to develop their career further.
  • New graduates starting their career in planning with a first degree in geography, environmental science, conservation, sociology, architecture and urban studies.
  • Students from other disciplines who have developed an interest in planning from voluntary work, work experience or project work.

Key Features:

  • A combination of stimulating academic study and strong career orientation
  • Focus on the role of planning in addressing key sustainability concerns: climate change; urban sprawl; social cohesion; and demands for personal mobility
  • Using the latest techniques including GIS; urban design tools and community design engagement techniques such as charettes
  • Practical problem based approach to learning that uses real planning issues and case studies
  • Flexibility of study based on a programme of short courses scheduled over two or three days at weekends
  • UK field trips including visits to the start of town planning nearby at Letchworth and the first New Towns
  • International study visit to look at European best practice in France and Germany.

This course is available both full and part-time. Full time study in Semester A takes 1 year. Full time study beginning in Semester B will take 15 months. Part time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete.

To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events. If you wish to visit us outside of our postgraduate open events then please contact  to arrange an appointment. You can also book onto a campus tour.

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

Careers

When you graduate from this course you will have excellent career opportunities in planning, environmental management, urban design and urbanism, community development and regeneration, transport management, climate change mitigation and adaptation and other planning related careers - all with a special focus on maximizing your sustainability expertise. Prospective employers include: local government; private sector planning consultancies; specialist consultancies in environmental management, urban design, transport planning; public involvement bodies; national government agencies; third sector employers including charities with an urban and rural focus; and professional bodies.

Teaching methods

The MSc Sustainable Planning course structure is based on a series of two to three day short courses and tutorials that usually run Friday and Saturday, though some modules may require a Thursday as well.

For full time students the modules run approximately twice a month which means that you will be attending classes on four weekdays and two Saturdays.

Part-time students attend the MSc Sustainable Planning short courses over two years. This makes the course easy to attend and fit around a busy workload schedule.

Structure

Core Modules

  • Spatial Planning: Theories and Strategies - 15 Credits
  • Sustainable Communities & Environment - 15 Credits
  • Place-making and Spatial Mediation - 15 Credits
  • Planning law, policy & practice - 15 Credits
  • Urban Design and Conservation - 15 Credits
  • Development Viability - 15 Credits
  • Sustainable Planning Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Sustainable Energy - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Planning for Rural Communities - 15 Credits
  • Community Engagement and the Planning Process - 15 Credits
  • Urban Regeneration - 15 Credits
  • Spatial Analysis for Planning - 15 Credits
  • Water Resources - 15 Credits

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time

  • £7290 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Part time

  • £610 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time

  • £12500 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Part time

  • £1040 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

How to apply

Apply online (Full Time)

Apply online (Part Time)


Visit the Sustainable Planning MSc page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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