School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

MSc Planning

Do you want to pursue a professional career in planning? As the UK’s newest planning school, our programme has been designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the formulation and delivery of spatial planning policy across the built and natural environments. You will be prepared to develop or enhance a career as a chartered town planner in a rapidly changing world. Choose to take this programme either full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Duration
1 year
Start date
September 2014
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Develop broad-based, multidisciplinary and cross-professional approaches to place making and the planning and management of the built and physical environment for sustainable development.
  • Deepen your understanding through our programme’s specialist options on urban coastal, marine planning, rural planning or sustainable transport issues.
  • Explore planning issues of particular relevance to South West England, set within the context of national and international experience.
  • Expand your skills through applied and experiential learning, including fieldwork, practicals, case studies, role play, debates and engagement with professional practitioners.
  • Benefit from a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on small-group teaching and high levels of staff-student interaction.
  • Fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
  • Develop the key skills and professionalism to prepare you for an effective contribution to the workplace, including lifelong learning and preparation for the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of planning, enabling critical evaluation of evidence from a range of perspectives related to the natural and built environment. As an RTPI combined programme, core modules cover the general foundation of spatial planning (including urban design), and specialisms reflect planning issues relevant to South West England and existing strengths within the University: marine and coastal planning, rural planning and sustainable development. Our programme will enable you to develop a professional career in planning in the public, private or voluntary sector. We offer a supportive learning environment with small-group teaching and extensive interaction with our staff, emphasising the critical skills necessary for professional effectiveness in planning-related careers.
    Core modules
    • PLG5204 Development Management and Delivery

      This module outlines the development management system, including planning law, together with an insight into development economics.

    • PLG5101 Issues and Values in Planning Practice

      This module addresses the core professional values within modern planning practice set within a historical context of the development of planning thought and practice. There will be consideration of the key skills and professional competencies that are essential to individuals entering the modern spatial planning profession.

    • PLG5103 Research Methods in Spatial Planning

      This module reviews quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to professional and academic investigations in the planning field. It emphasises the importance of building an evidence base for the formulation of policy and prepares students for the dissertation research project.

    • PLG5102 Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development

      This module outlines the institutional framework and planning procedures of contemporary spatial planning, and provides a strategic understanding of the cross-cutting role of planning in wider society and other public policy frameworks.

    • ARCH574 Urban Theories and Methodologies

      This module is concerned with the issues facing contemporary and future urban design, planning and place making and enables the student to develop criticality in relation to contemporary praxis. The module involves students in mapping the subject terrain to demonstrate a critical awareness and an in depth study of a significant area or issue within it.

    Optional modules
    • PLG5205 Coastal Urban Regeneration

      This module examines planning processes in coastal settlement regeneration in a number of contrasting urban environments: namely coastal and market towns, seaside resorts and post-defence and port regeneration.

    • PLG5304 Dissertation Research Project

      The dissertation project is an opportunity for candidates to undertake an original research investigation within the field of spatial planning. The topic must relate to their chosen specialist options (in Term 2). Students will be advised by an academic member of staff and are asked to submit a Master¿s thesis of up to 15,000 words.

    • PLG5305 Dissertation Research Project

      The dissertation project is an opportunity for candidates to undertake an original research investigation within the field of spatial planning. The topic must relate to their chosen specialist options (in Term 2). Students will be advised by an academic member of staff and are asked to submit a Master¿s thesis of up to 15,000 words.

    • MAR509 Marine Planning

      This module evaluates the emergence and practice of marine planning in UK waters. Through lectures, field visits and case studies, it will develop the learner¿s knowledge of the marine environment as required for marine planning.

    • PLG5206 Rural Planning

      This module assesses the restructuring of the British countryside and the implications for rural policy and planning, especially in relation to rural land use/environment.

    • TRP5201 Sustainable Transport Governance: Policy and Practice

      In this module, a broad framework of understanding of how sustainable transport policy is translated into practice is introduced, and specific examples of sustainable transport policy and practice are analysed.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK / EU

You require the minimum of a second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (planning, geography, architecture, sociology or environmental science).

If you have no formal qualifications, but do have relevant work experience, you may still be considered and are encouraged to enquire about your suitability.

INTERNATIONAL

If you are an overseas applicant, you can check the comparability of your qualifications with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements.

If your first language is not English, then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Fees & funding

Home/EU £5,495
International £12,250

For more information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services webpages. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone:  +441752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Postgraduate application form DOC – A 16 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

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Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School are also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Open days

A number of open day events are held each year, welcoming you to the campus to find out more about the University, accommodation, facilities and study opportunities.

Find out more from our open days section.

News

Students visited staff at the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point to witness progress with the design and construction of the new town at Cranbrook on the outskirts of Exeter.

The development is part of three urban extensions planned for Exeter to bring growth to the east of the city.

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Tammy Burden - MSc Planning

I received fantastic support from all of the staff whilst undertaking MSc Planning. The course was challenging, but varied and enjoyable. Completing it has given me more confidence in my employment. I will be recommending this course to colleagues.

Tammy Burden, Development Officer, Planning, Housing & Regeneration, Cornwall Council.

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Professor Christopher Balch

Professor Balch is a chartered town planner and chartered surveyor with experience as a consultant in urban planning, regeneration and development. He has advised on policies and programmes and has worked on the planning and funding of major projects.

Professor Balch has developed strategies and plans for the transformation of underperforming places, including major cities and coastal towns.

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Dr Stephen Essex

Dr Stephen Essex’s research has included the formulation and effectiveness of planning policy, the planning and implementation of mega events such as the Olympic Games, and the role of local authorities in sustainable tourism.

Dr Essex is Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and a researcher in urban and rural planning.

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Research

Our research activities encompass a broad range of work in physical and human geography. There is a substantial postgraduate community, and a lively and active research culture. All our research is underpinned by excellent facilities and support staff.

Research is organised around six themes which make up the Centre for Research in Environment and Society (CeRES).

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