MSc Planning / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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MSc Planning will provide you with the range of skills necessary for a career in urban or environmental planning.
The course is aimed at graduates who want a career in planning and development, either in the public or private sector.
It will provide you with the core knowledge, competencies and skills necessary to become a chartered planning and development professional and a member of both the RTPI and the RICS.
You will gain a solid understanding of planning procedures, urban theories and spatial analysis. You will study the processes that frame planning projects, from project inception, site assessment and initial design through to the planning, implementation and scheme disposal.
- tailor the course to your professional interests by choosing from numerous optional units;
- develop specialist knowledge for a career in planning;
- gain an international perspective of planning
- Develop professional skills through project work, and specialist spatial analysis.
- This course has normally included fieldwork opportunities in the UK and abroad, exploring real-life issues on one-day trips, site visits, and overseas residential visits. Past locations include Manchester, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Toronto, Amsterdam, Belfast, Seattle, Dublin and Istanbul.
- Have the flexibility to mix discipline units or specialise and choose from a range of optional course units.
- Study in Manchester, a city where rapid urban development presents a series of important environmental, social and economic challenges.
Teaching and learning
This course has normally included a field trip. Past locations include Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin, Seattle and Toronto.
Field trips may be scheduled at any point during the course, and this may include time during University vacations.
Successful applicants are expected to be available to attend.
The course also includes a course unit that introduces students to the excitement of working within a professional, 'real-world' context on a 'live' consultancy project.
Working with industrial partners, you will be asked to complete a piece of work on an area of planning, urban regeneration, or environmental management - depending on your chosen specialism - to a standard that is expected and demanded in the planning, environmental management or development professions.
This core course unit is highly regarded by employers and students alike.
Part-time students complete the course over 24 months.
There are no evening or weekend course units available; you should, therefore, discuss course requirements with the Programme Director and seek approval from your employer.
Timetabling information is usually available from late August.
You can discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.
The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) recognises the value of fieldwork. However, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. The School will assess on a regular basis the viability of any travel and fieldwork and communicate any significant changes to our students at the earliest possible opportunity.
The ability of fieldwork and travel to proceed, and whether any changes to proposed fieldwork and travel might be necessary, will remain subject to factors such as the:
- rules and guidance on travel and activities implemented and published by the UK and overseas governments;
- outcome of any risk assessments conducted by the University;
- educational value and student experience of the fieldwork, if significant changes to the proposed fieldwork would be necessary;
- availability of appropriate insurance cover;
- availability of appropriate travel and accommodation and any significant changes to their financial costs.
All fieldwork and travel will be subject to a rigorous risk assessment process and the implementation of any protective measures identified by the risk assessment to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff.
In some circumstances, it may become necessary to make changes to fieldwork or programme related travel. The University will notify you of those changes at the earliest opportunity. If any fieldwork does not go ahead as planned, then the School's focus will be on seeking to offer a suitable alternative and ensure that the Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the programme are met.
Please note that Countries may change their immigration and visa regulations at short notice. The School cannot guarantee that where visas are required for fieldwork, they will be granted but we will take steps so that if a visa is refused, affected students are not academically disadvantaged.
Coursework and assessment
You are continuously assessed via a range of methods, including essays and report writing, topic papers and critical reviews, project portfolios, and assessed workshop presentations.
Formative feedback is provided through the courses both orally and in written form to help you develop further key skills.
A 15,000-word dissertation on an approved topic is discussed and chosen at the beginning of the second semester and a suitable supervisor allocated.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Planning Powers and Procedures||PLAN60021||15||Mandatory|
|Urban Theory, Planning Theory and Professional Ethics||PLAN60041||15||Mandatory|
|Dissertation [MSc Planning]||PLAN60090||60||Mandatory|
|Land and Development||PLAN60102||15||Mandatory|
|Digital Planning - Spatial and Policy Analysis||PLAN60761||15||Mandatory|
|Neighbourhood Planning Project||PLAN60812||15||Mandatory|
|Design for Healthy Places||PLAN60111||15||Optional|
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