MPlan Planning with Professional Placement / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2024

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

How your application is considered

Academic attainment but the personal statement and potentially work experience/volunteering can be assessed in conjunction with this assessment.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Work experience or volunteering in a planning, environment, urban design or real estate would be beneficial but is not required, as opportunities are embedded within the programmes to gain work experience.

Returning to education

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family.

We understand that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience. 

We recognise that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. 

Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully, the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Students from the UK, EU and International locations can apply for the programme. Placements in Year 3 though can only be undertaken with UK based organisations.


Deferrals are accepted onto all programmes in PEM.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We will consider applicants who have re-sat individual modules.

If you have re-sat your final examinations, we will consider your application but may require further information in order to make an informed academic judgement on your application.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing, you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.


We accept transfer into Year 1 of the programme from cognisant disciplines. Transfers between planning programmes in Year 1 are also allowed, however, transfers into any degree with a placement in subsequent years, i.e. the end of Year 1 onwards or from students already enrolled in UoM programmes, is not permitted. This is due to the time needed to secure a placement, which commences in Semester 1 of Year 2.

Students who are not engaged in finding a placement from this point may fail to identify and obtain a suitable placement and would need to be transferred to the corresponding four-year degree.

Students will be provided with guidance regarding finding a placement from specific department staff. They will also have access to the UoM careers services during this time.