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Urban Regeneration (MA)

Course Description

This professionally-orientated course will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in regeneration and related professions. You'll study issues of regeneration in depth across a range of different strategic contexts. You may choose to study this course to extend existing knowledge within the regeneration field or to allow a change of career direction.

The course is accredited by the RTPI as a Specialist Masters. This means that along with additional core modules, it allows full RTPI membership - subject to completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence, (APC).


The course includes a compulsory one week residential European field study visit. For all new entrants from September 2012, field study visit fees are included in the tuition fees.

Our students are typically at officer or middle management level wishing to consolidate their professional experience with structured learning through the course, in order to advance within their profession, and take on a more strategic policy and management role. In addition the course is designed to be of value to recent graduates wishing to reorient themselves along a specific vocational career path.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/urban-regeneration-ma


Year 1:
- Development and regeneration
This module provides an advanced introduction to urban regeneration and development. The focus will be on understanding the nature of development, the economic and social drivers, financial appraisal of schemes and the development process. The reasons for, and nature of, urban regeneration interventions will be critically examined, exploring both property-led and community-led schemes and the links between property development and social/community benefits derived from planning gain.

- Regeneration strategies and projects
The module focuses on contemporary regeneration practice, which in recent years has taken place within an increasingly competitive context including declining public finance. The module seeks to link theory to practice and requires students to explore elements of regeneration theory in the context of a specific 'major' project and the regeneration strategy that provides a framework for development in the wider area. The module allows students to explore the links between theory and practice in contemporary approaches to regeneration and between individual 'flagship' projects and the wider regeneration strategy within which they are situated.

- Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
This module examines sustainability issues and challenges and the initiatives and responses from spatial planning and related agencies, institutions and organisations in the context of a European field study visit. The module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the different forces at work within a region or city context. It will develop the students' understanding of sustainability issues and the impact of climate change; recognise the processes of change and identify issues and mechanisms that allow an area to develop to fulfil its potential as well as respond to environmental and related challenges.

- Planning in London
This module examines the planning context of London; as a World City, as a centre for financial industries, as a home to millions of people. It is of particular interest to those who wish to study town planning in the UK, and to understand how a major city functions. The module aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the different forces at work when shaping a major World City. Where specialism areas have been chosen, the students will undertake their work for this module within the context of that planning specialism i.e. urban regeneration, design and physical planning, or environmental policy and planning.

Two options from:
- Housing management and renewal

- Housing and urban development

- City marketing
Cities, be they historic, seaside, regional or capital, are the power houses of the tourism and hospitality industry. They shape and are shaped by tourism and hospitality which has become a major economic driver and re-imaging agent of city governance agencies as they seek to re-invent their themselves in the new global order. This module seeks to explain the role of tourism and hospitality and the visitor economy in the modern city and to critically analyse this in relation to a number of theoretical perspectives. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of broader perspectives required to manage and market tourism in the modern city and inform city marketing strategies.

- Planning practice project
You'll have the opportunity to develop an individual project based on your chosen specialist area of study. The project must link together both theoretical and practice debates within the area of specialism (where required) and must be practice focused. You'll be able to relate the subject content contained in the specialist area of study to practical problems that may be encountered in a work situation. You'll be encouraged to explore the links between planning education and practice through a particular practice relevant project. In addition, the module will prepare you for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Part-time students attend classed one-day-per-week, with one or two modules being taught in each semester plus the dissertation being completed by the end of January in the third year.


Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, including: essays, professional style reports, design and practice-based projects, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams on this programme.


At the centre of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialisation – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

- Demand for town planners
Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high especially in London and the South East of England. Successful students may find jobs in central government, local government, non-governmental organisations, housing associations and quangos. Given our extensive links with public, private and voluntary sector employers we often find that employers often approach us first seeking suitably qualified and motivated applicants. Major employers regularly come in to give graduate recruitment presentations and we work with several employers to provide work experience and internships.

A significant proportion of our graduates are taken on by public sector agencies and private planning and regeneration consultancies in planning, property, utilities companies and in the property sections of large PLCs, such as the major retailers.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. The full Masters course is accredited as a specialist masters by the Royal Town Planning Institute. This provides full accreditation for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in Spatial Planning.

Visit the Urban Regeneration (MA) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 Bachelors degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject preferred but we do take graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Non-graduates will be considered if they have substantial experience at middle to senior level in a relevant regeneration organisation. They will be interviewed by the Course Director on application. We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

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