MPlan Planning / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

MPlan Master of Planning graduates are popular with employers, particularly in consultancy, where the ability to analyse and propose policies and implement strategies is vital. 

After London, Manchester hosts the largest number of planning and environmental consultancies in the UK. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in areas including: 

  • planning consultancy; 
  • urban design; 
  • environmental management or consultancy; 
  • local government; 
  • nature conservation; 
  • research; 
  • project management; 
  • engineering. 

Top employers of our MPlan Master of Planning graduates include AECOM, ARUP, Wildlife Trusts, Atkins, BP, EDF Energy, Groundwork, the Environment Agency, Jacobs, Rolls-Royce, and the National Trust. 

Our graduates are also shaping local planning policy and practice in local government to promote more sustainable forms of urban and environmental development.   

If you decide not to follow a vocational career, your wide knowledge base and transferable skills in problem-solving, strategic thinking, teamwork, creativity and communication fit what most employers are seeking. 

For more information, see  Careers and employability .

The University has its own dedicated  Careers Service  that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate.  

At Manchester you will have access to a number of  opportunities to help boost your employability .  

Accrediting organisations

  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)