With a burgeoning interest in the development and delivery of successful urban renaissance, the programme aims to present a coherent body of knowledge and skills in relation to the realisation of successful urban regeneration programmes and projects, and to provide students with a range of intellectual and professional skills for practice in urban regeneration and development in both public and private sectors (local authorities, regional development agencies, regeneration partnerships, regeneration consultancies, private developers).
The MSc Urban Regeneration and Development is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under their Planning and Development (P&D) specialism. It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a specialist masters degree.
Aims of the Programme
• Provide students with a framework for knowledge creation in the field of urban development and regeneration, and to prepare them for professional practice or for further research activity at the forefront of contemporary thinking. • Provide an understanding of the principal academic discourse relating to processes of urban development and change, and to engage in professional and inter-professional debate on the nature, purpose and methods of implementing successful urban regeneration programmes and projects. • Provide an understanding of the relationship between critical awareness of theory relating to the process or urban development, and its application to specific practice settings and questions. • Help students analyse, synthesise and evaluate both established and emerging policy and practice ideas, and to appreciate alternative methodologies associated with delivering successful urban regeneration programmes and projects. • Identify and define urban problems at a variety of scales and to provide the knowledge base to enable students to devise appropriate solutions utilising a variety of professional skills and methodologies. to provide students with the transferable skills and the confidence necessary to engage in collaborative problem solving
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is largely covered by the course fee, but students in recent years have also been asked to contribute around £200 towards the costs of the trip, depending on the venue. Recent locations have included Toronto, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
The programme also includes a module that introduces students to the excitement of working within a professional, `real world' context on a `live' consultancy project. Working with industrial partners, students will be asked to complete a piece of work on an area of planning, urban regeneration, or environmental management - depending on their chosen specialism - to a standard that is expected and demanded in the planning, environmental management or development professions. This core module is highly regarded by employers and students alike