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LLM Planning Law (Built and Natural Environments)

Course Description

Key Facts

The planning profession needs flexible and adaptable individuals trained to deal with complex and messy legal planning challenges across built and natural environments.

You can enter this course without any formal qualification in planning but you should have a undergraduate law degree.

The course is designed as a fast track to a professional qualification accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Successful completion of this course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The course is designed in partnership with the Schools of Law and Built Environment to bring you an exciting interdisciplinary experience.

Course Overview

The programme is interdisciplinary, combining economic, social and environmental perspectives to address spatial planning challenges and opportunities in a more joined-up manner. This course is the only LLM course in the UK to be accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Thus the programme focuses on both built and natural environment issues and the linkages and dependencies between them.

Following a grounding in core spatial planning principles students can follow specialist pathways in planning law and environmental planning reflecting staff teaching and research strengths. Thus this course equips students with the knowledge, skills and tools to start fitting the disparate pieces of the built and natural environment jigsaw together in order to improve the ways in which we plan; develop policy and make decisions.


Nearly all our graduates go into employment soon after completion of the course with those who are already in employment seeking to advance their careers following the achievement of the LLM. Planning-related jobs can be both well paid and challenging.

Visit the LLM Planning Law (Built and Natural Environments) page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in Law (normally at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent).

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