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Spatial Planning and Development (MSc)

Course Description

This highly regarded programme prepares students for a career in planning and development, equipping them for roles that require skills in researching, preparing, negotiating and regulating development schemes, as well as creating policies and plans.

This programme focuses on planning as it engages with economic and property development processes, from the local to the global level. Its flexible approach allows students to concentrate on aspects of development planning relevant to their own interests and career aspirations (e.g. strategic, economic, environment, regeneration or rural). The vibrant learning environment provides opportunities to go on field trips, engage with local communities and work with industry partners.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-development-planning/

Modules include:

• Planning Theory, Politics and Practice
• Real Estate Development
• Real Estate Economics
• Urban Design and Sustainability
• Projects in Planning.

Why Henley?

- Programme:
The MSc Spatial Planning and Development is recognised in the UK and more widely, to be one of the foremost planning programmes which develops both spatial planning competencies but also market aware planners who are well prepared for the orchestration and negotiation of development schemes. The programme has strong appeal for future employers in the private and public sectors because of the blend of analytical rigour and practical application. Many graduates of this programme, and its forerunners, have progressed to senior positions in the real estate and planning sector.

- Real Estate & Planning:
Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.
We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

- Henley Business School:
Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

How we teach you

Our programmes are designed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All of our programmes are regularly updated to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing industry.

Our teaching received an excellent score in the most recent independent Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA), highlighting our commitment to maintaining a world-class learning environment. You will enjoy access to our cutting-edge research, ensuring that you remain at the forefront of the field.

We believe that our students should have access to good quality resources and, in addition to the facilities offered by the University, we fund a professionally staffed Resource Centre.

We aim to create a stimulating academic environment; you will be encouraged to develop individual interests and general skills as a basis for a career in the property industry, a related field or for further study.


Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading offers world-class, internationally renowned postgraduate courses spanning real estate, spatial planning and rural land management.

We are recognised as a global leader in the provision of executive education to the real estate and related professions. Our courses combine first-class research with cutting-edge practical insights.

With courses of a high academic and professional standard, we educate the future leaders of the real estate and planning professions. All our lectures are given by academic members of staff or by visiting speakers from senior positions in relevant professions. You will be taught by some of the leading players in the field, both academic and practitioner.

We undertake research funded by the research councils, charitable foundations, industry and government. Our research is internationally renowned as academically rigorous and policy relevant. As a postgraduate student you will have access to our cutting-edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the field.

Real Estate and Planning is a key component of Henley Business School. We are the only major UK real estate centre to be located within a business school, reflecting our close and long-standing collaborative relationship with industry.

Visit the Spatial Planning and Development (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants to these programmes are normally required to have obtained a good (normally upper second class honours) undergraduate degree in any cognate or non-cognate discipline. Students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency.

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