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MPlan Master of Planning

Gain an accredited master's degree at a university where widespread urban development is on your doorstep.

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MPlan Master of Planning / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

MPlan Master of Planning is a four-year enhanced undergraduate degree which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The curriculum for the first three years is the same as our BSc Planning and Real Estate, in which you will consider the issues faced by professionals in dealing with the planning, development and management of all aspects of our built and natural environments.

The fourth year of study is at taught master's level and provides professional training in planning. However, if you change your mind about your future career, you can choose to exit the MPlan after three years and graduate instead with a BSc Planning and Real Estate degree.

Understanding and engaging with the problems facing the communities and places in which we live, work and play is at the heart of what we do in the Department of Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Manchester.

MPlan Master of Planning satisfies the spatial planning curricula for initial qualification with the RTPI and the RICS Planning and Development pathway.

Special features

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Portugal field trip

International fieldwork

Take part in international fieldwork in Portugal during your second year, where you can put what you've learnt so far into practice.

Local fieldwork

Conduct fieldwork on a local scale, exploring the city of Manchester - and its surrounding areas - to supplement your studies and assessments.

Study abroad

Apply to spend one semester studying abroad at one of our exchange partners in Europe, the US, South East Asia and Australia.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) - meaning you'll be well set-up for a professional career in planning or real estate after you graduate.

Teaching and learning

We combine traditional lecture-based teaching with tutorials, seminars and workshop sessions.

Practical subjects, such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Photoshop and SketchUp - as well as general computer skills - are taught primarily in the Humanities computer suites. This work is accompanied by group work and the occasional lecture session, giving you an overall hands-on learning experience.

Project-based learning, incorporating studio-based design work, field research and study visits are integral to our MPlan course. These projects provide an excellent opportunity for you to integrate your knowledge and skills, and apply them to real situations - exposing your to professional practice.

Coursework and assessment

We place strong emphasis on coursework and continuous assessment, and less than half of your total assessments throughout the course consist of formal written examinations in traditional essay formats.

Coursework takes a variety of forms - from essays and reports, to posters, oral presentations, team promotions, and project demonstrations (sometimes to practising professionals).

Your dissertation, taken in the second and third years, will draw together the different strands of the course and allow you to study a subject that really interests you. You will work with an individual supervisor to conceive, plan, execute and write up an independent and novel piece of research.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 is a broad introduction to the fundamentals of planning.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Designing Sustainable Futures PLAN10031 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Planning and Development PLAN10041 20 Mandatory
Applied Project PLAN10092 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Real Estate PLAN10201 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Urban and Environmental Economics PLAN10352 20 Mandatory
Sustainable Environments PLAN10031 20 Optional
Rural Planning PLAN10362 10 Optional
Leases & Letting PLAN10382 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

In Year 2, you will begin to specialise.

You will spend time on fieldwork in Portugal, and can also apply to spend one semester studying abroad at one of our exchange partners in Europe, the US, South East Asia and Australia.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sustainable Development Project PLAN20072 20 Mandatory
Environment and Development Fieldtrip PLAN20172 20 Mandatory
Plan Making & the Development Process PLAN20181 20 Mandatory
Valuation & Appraisal PLAN21012 20 Mandatory
Professional Placement PLAN20090 20 Optional
Designing Sustainable Futures PLAN20351 20 Optional
Policy for Cities and Regions PLAN20381 20 Optional
Environmental Policies and Designations PLAN20401 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

In Year 3, you will develop further specialism.

You will focus on career development and applying the planning concepts and skills to real-world situations.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (UG) PLAN30000 40 Mandatory
Planning & Property Law PLAN30072 20 Mandatory
Urban Theory, Planning Ethics PLAN30081 20 Mandatory
Research Methods PLAN30091 10 Mandatory
Professional Practice and Ethics PLAN30221 10 Mandatory
Housing, Planning & Development PLAN30512 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 4

In Year 4, you will continue developing your specialism and professional-related studies in planning.

The option of a placement is very popular, which may involve working in a public or private sector planning office.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Land and Development PLAN40662 15 Mandatory
Applied Spatial Analysis PLAN40761 15 Mandatory
Neighbourhood Planning PLAN40812 15 Mandatory
Infrastructure Planning PLAN42002 15 Mandatory
EIA Project PLAN40332 15 Optional
Strategic Environmental Assessment PLAN40342 15 Optional
Planning for Environmental Change PLAN40391 15 Optional
Corporate Real Estate Project PLAN40432 15 Optional
Urban Design Studio PLAN40501 15 Optional
Local Economic Development PLAN40521 15 Optional
International Fieldwork PLAN40712 15 Optional
Urban Development Planning in Cities of the South: an international perspective PLAN40771 15 Optional
International Planning: Systems and Framework PLAN40861 15 Optional
Best Practice Case Studies in Urban Development Planning PLAN40972 15 Optional
Masterplan Studio PLAN40992 15 Optional
Real Estate Law in Practice PLAN41002 15 Optional
Property Valuation PLAN41031 15 Optional
Strategic Asset Management PLAN41051 15 Optional
International Urban Design PLAN41081 15 Optional
Real Estate Investment and Finance PLAN41191 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

Matthew Ludlam Scholarship

Two awards of £2,500 (for each year of study) are available to Planning and Environmental Management offer holders from a widening participation background with predicted grades of ABB minimum (or equivalent).

Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of the submission of a 500-word statement outlining their motivation for studying their subject. 

Applications are open from January 2019 to Sunday, 31 March 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, 26 April 2019.

For more information, see the dedicated  Matthew Ludlam Scholarship  page.

McLoughlin Planning and Environmental Management Award

Two awards of £2,000 are available to offer holders with predicted grades of AAB minimum (or equivalent).

Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic performance and the submission of a 500-word statement outlining their motivation for studying their subject.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Planning and Environmental Management Bursary

As part of our ongoing commitment to widening participation, we're offering a £500 cash bursary to aspiring students eligible for a reduced-grade  contextual offer .

This bursary is designed as a contribution to aid students with the cost of getting started at the university, such as textbooks and travel expenses.

Facilities

You can develop your practical skills in our project studio, model-making workshop, and computer suites with specialist design and spatial analysis software.

For more information, see Facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

For more information, email dass@manchester.ac.uk .