Town Planning, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    12400 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

How do you balance progress with sustainability or the needs of the many with the interests of the few? These questions are ever more significant in the UK, yet qualified planners are in short supply.

Study with us and you’ll gain the all-round professional skills required to shape policy and strategy, plan sustainably, negotiate or manage the planning process, and balance competing priorities.

We explore the practical, from the technical and environmental aspects of construction to the many legal, political, social, aesthetic and economic issues you’ll consider, and reconcile, as a planner.

We take pride in giving our graduates a great start as highly-qualified urban and suburban planners, whose knowledge and experience are well matched to the current needs of the industry. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD or Professional Doctorate.

Accreditation

The MSc Town Planning is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and provides 2 years free student membership of the institute alongside a route to full Chartered status of the Institute attainable 2 years after graduation. This paves your way to a successful career in Town Planning.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Planning - Principles and Concepts
  • Plan Making and Policy
  • Planning Implementation
  • Planning and Society
  • Site Studies and Urban Design
  • Sustainability and Environmental Management
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Masters Project
  • Housing and Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    This is the main UCAS deadline for the majority of degree courses. The deadline is 6pm.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 28 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months. Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A second class honours degree or above in a subject that is cognate within the built environment fields. Examples include Town Planning, Environmental Studies, Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Studies, Geography and Building Surveying. Part-time students will benefit from being in relevant employment. Full-time students will benefit from recent experience in a relevant field of study or work. Those with the required degree classification in a non-cognate subject may be requested to follow some guided reading prior to commencing the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
The part-time fee (UK & EU students) is £4,050 per year.

Funding

Students from England and Wales can borrow up to £10,280 to study a Masters degree.

In Northern Ireland, a loan of £5,500 will be available.

Students from Scotland can borrow a total of £10,000: £5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living costs.

You don’t have to borrow the full amount. You can also amend the amount you requested up to one month before the end of the academic year.

Postgraduate loans are not means-tested.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.