This intensive course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for professional practice in town and country planning. It has been designed in response to the national shortage of professional planners-so graduates should be particularly well-placed to find exciting employment opportunities.
Our course content focuses on the evolving planning system, the sustainability agenda, skills for planning practice, and the role of planners in the development of space and place. The Eastern region offers a fascinating laboratory for new approaches to planning, including sustainable communities, environmental challenges, new house-building provision and proximity to mainland Europe. The exploration and examination of these contemporary issues will help to develop not only your professional knowledge, but also your ability to analyse complex issues, make sound judgements, solve problems and communicate and act autonomously.
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Our course is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed for professional practice in town and country planning. Once you have successfully completed the MSc and undertaken two years' practical working experience in planning, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the RTPI, which is highly regarded both in Britain and overseas.
Your organisation can be confident that you have followed a course of study which is recognised by the RTPI as equipping students with the range of specialist professional and generic skills required to work in this challenging, creative and fast-changing profession.
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
Our course covers the core aspects of everyday planning activity, ranging from development control and Local Development Frameworks through to European spatial strategy, development feasibility and urban design. Our Inquiry-based Learning module comprises an in-depth, staged programme of guided independent and group learning activities, making intensive use of interactive learning tools. The module stresses the use of reflection and evaluation as learning tools, and students will keep a log or diary of the learning experiences encountered.
Planning and Society, which provides theoretical insights into how planning fits within the wider social dimension, assesses the impact for different stakeholders in society, and focuses on the skills agenda for planners; Research Design and Methods develops research skills required in a professional planning environment and a robust understanding of the processes of research and applied social research at postgraduate level. The specialist options available are Urban Design, Housing, and Environmental Planning.
Our course culminates in the Major Project, in which you will further develop your understanding of the specialist subject through production of a substantial piece of personal research (Dissertation).
Our assessment methods are diverse and are designed to enable you to demonstrate your deepening knowledge and understanding of your subject. They will also enable you to gain confidence and experience in different methods of presentation of planning material. Our assessment methods include coursework and oral presentation, which may be either individually prepared or undertaken through group work or by formal examination.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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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).
A second class honours degree or above in a subject that is cognate to the field of town planning. Examples include Environmental Studies, Architecture, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Politics and Surveying. Part-time students will benefit from being in relevant employment. Full-time students will benefit from recent experience in a relevant field of work. Those with the required degree classification in a non-cognate subject may take a `bridging course`, Introduction to Town Planning Studies, in the summer preceding the proposed date of entry to the MSc Town Planning. On successful completion of the bridging course candidates may progress to the MSc Town Planning. Non-Academic Conditions: Interviews
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