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Course content

With specialisms in economic development and environmental management, our Town Planning MSc will provide you with the understanding, skills and experience to practise professionally as a town and country planner or surveying professional.

Through an exploration of the issues which affect the built environment, you will be equipped to critically evaluate how urban development is regulated to bring about the best social and economic outcomes.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our delivery is made richer as a result of our direct engagement with the RTPI and the RICS, along with the Town and Country Planning Association and the Royal Geographic Society, as well as with agencies, local authorities, the UK government and EU advisory bodies.

This courses mixes theory and practice so that you'll learn to think and act both locally and globally. You'll also learn how to apply your knowledge in the real world.

The programme benefits from an international and environmentally conscious curriculum that promotes critical thinking, community engagement, partnership building and leadership. It is unique for its outstanding location by the sea, the nearby South Downs and a 180-degree catchment area.


Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.

Course structure

In order to meet the high professional standards required by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), students are required to study for core modules as part of the course and have the opportunity for specialist study in allied areas.

Course delivery is divided into three parts:

(i) A taught portion requiring attendance at the university for lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, individual supervision sessions and team working.

(ii) An individual research programme (the masters project) where you will broaden your learning and develop research skills directed at critical appraisal, examine innovative solutions to the problem at hand, and are taught to produce and defend a written thesis on a selected town planning topic with a university-based supervisor.

(iii) An individual professional learning log using an industry-based mentor.

Areas of study

All students will study four core modules and select three option modules. These will allow you to specialise in the areas of the course that interest you the most.

Core modules:

Planning Theory
Policy and Implementation in Town Planning
Sustainable Placemaking
Masters Dissertation

Options include:

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
Applications in Geographical Information Systems
Environmental Impact Assessment
Spacial Data Analysis
Environmental Policy and Law
Systems for Environmental Management
Sustainable Construction

Who is this course for?

The programme is for:

• Graduates with unrelated first degrees seeking to study for planning qualifications

• Graduates in any relevant discipline - such as geography, architecture, building, surveying, law - wishing to gain a higher or specialist planning qualification

• Graduates with a first degree in planning looking to study for a masters qualification as a route to a professional career or further study at doctorate level

• Candidates without a degree who can demonstrate significant work experience and a wish to build a professional career will be considered for entry on to the certificate programme initially

Careers and employability

This course is an accessible and flexible route to the skills needed to work in future spatial planning environment - in the areas of planning policy, research and analysis and strategy formulation in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The course equips graduates with the skills to manage change, think spatially, understand planning policy and law, work in partnership with others, and to continually address the fundamental principles of sustainability in all aspects of their future careers.

Graduates have successfully gone on into roles in greenspace infrastructure, environmental agencies, harbour regeneration projects, local councils, planning offices, and the private sector, for example at Sky, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Parket Dann, Boyer Planning, Mid Sussex District Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Lichfield Planning and city planning in Luxembourg.

Visit the Town Planning - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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