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Course content

This is a course that adapts to your lifestyle - you will study via online learning, using learning materials provided by our University. You will gain a sound understanding of the procedures and methods of town and country planning in the UK, and to some extent Ireland - developing an appreciation of who does what, why and how.

Our course is suitable if you are in a related profession and wish to improve your knowledge as part of your continuing professional development or, if you are a planner - including Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) members - wishing to update your knowledge on core aspects of planning practice, either for your professional development or other reasons such as returning to work.

The award is supported by the RTPI and develops qualified practitioners, who are able to meet the current skills gap in the sector. It also allows European Union planning professionals from outside the UK to qualify for membership to RTPI and to practice in the UK.

To successfully complete the course you are required to pass all six coursework assignments in a maximum of three years.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/planninglaw_pgcert

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


As one of our graduates you can access a wide range of career options in the planning sector. This will normally include working with local and regional authorities and in the private sector aiding the property sector. Our course team have excellent contacts with industry and there are numerous opportunities for you to network and access prospective employers.

- Planning and Development Advisor
- Planning Consultant
- Real Estate Consultant

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

The award is supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute and develops qualified practitioners, who are able to meet the current skills gap in the sector. In particular the award provides an understanding of planning practice in the UK.

The course team features many academic staff who have previous experience in the sector and many who still maintain working links with local authorities and private sector consultancies. The research Centre for Urban Design and Environmental Management (CUDEM) provides an important source of relevant research materials for this postgraduate award and importantly many seminars, conferences and other networking events.


The Principles & Practice of Planning
An introduction to planning as an activity, and to the evolution of planning in the UK. It also provides an understanding of how the development management system works from the viewpoint of those involved in its operation.

Urban Design & Development
Investigate the development process and the main motivation for those who are participants in it. You will explore the importance of place and places in our everyday lives, review urban design principles and examine methodologies for analysing the qualities of existing built environments.

Spatial Planning & Regulation
Study the processes involved in the statutory spatial plan-making systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland. You will learn the administrative frameworks and respective legal systems, particularly with regard to planning and property at national, regional and local governmental level.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology

"We aim to provide innovation in curriculum, engagement with current industry practices and standards, and to give our students the experience of working with staff whose research has national and international reputation."

Mohammad is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology,having joined our University in June 2011 from the University of East London. A well published researcher, with over 50 refereed conference and Journal publications, his research profile includes many funded research programmes including JISC and EU FP7 projects. Mohammad’s first degree was in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then went on to complete a PhD in the 'Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Based Learning Systems' at Kingston University. In 1989 he set up one of the UK's first multimedia PC companies, 'Systems 2000'.


- Online Library
Global access to our University's extensive online library, plus free eBooks to support you in your study.

- Dedicated Support Team
A highly-skilled and dedicated support team whose job is to work with you through every step of your online learning.

- Virtual Learning Environment
A Virtual Learning Environment that's easy to use and available whenever and wherever you are.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the UK Planning Law & Practice (PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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