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Town Planning PgDip / MA

Overview

At the centre of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialisation – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

Top reasons to study this course

Achieving excellence:: Ranked No.5 UK wide for overall satisfaction and learning opportunities in Planning (National Student Survey 2017).
Heritage: LSBU has been delivering professionally accredited planning courses for over 40 years.
Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Inspiring location: Studying planning in the heart of one of the most dynamic global cities on the planet with plenty of opportunities to participate in ongoing projects, complimenting the practical focus with theoretical understanding.
Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: Taught by staff with track records in research and relevant publications. Guest and visiting lecturers from professional practice supplement teaching throughout the course.
Develop your interests: Choice of specialism module provides flexibility and depth to explore issues relating to a particular aspect of planning.
National and international perspective: Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.

PgDip/MA Town Planning programmes are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. The courses enhance student's employability in planning, property development and research roles in the public and private sectors. This is through focusing not only on the planning system but on broader themes that influence the economic, environmental and social contexts in which we live. The course enables you to study an area of spatial planning in some depth as many of modules are within a specialist area (urban design, urban regeneration or environmental planning).

Residential

It includes a compulsory one week residential European field study visit, recent destinations have been Venice and Germany. For all new entrants field study visit fees are included in the tuition fees.

Town Planning PgDip

You can also choose to study the PgDip for six modules; Full-time (10 months) or part-time (15 months).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
5156 - Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MA
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MA
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Year 1

  • Planning history and theory
    This module examines the history of planning and the evolution of the theories and ideas that have underpinned the various attempts to intervene in the natural and built environment through the institution of state-led planning systems. It stresses the concept of theory as understanding, the interlinked nature of history and theory and the importance for the development of planning practice. 
  • Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
    This module examines sustainability issues and challenges and the initiatives and responses from spatial planning and related agencies, institutions and organisations in the context of a European field study visit. The module will provide you with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the different forces at work within a region or city context.  You'll develop your understanding of sustainability issues and the impact of climate change; recognise the processes of change and identify issues and mechanisms that allow an area to develop to fulfil its potential as well as respond to environmental and related challenges. 
  • Planning in London
    You'll examine the planning context of London as a World City, as a centre for financial industries and as a home to millions of people.  You'll find it particularly useful as an introduction to town planning in the UK and for understanding how a major city functions. 
  • Planning practice project
    You'll have the opportunity to develop an individual project based on your chosen specialist area of study. The project must link together both theoretical and practice debates within the area of specialism (where required) and must be practice focused.  You'll be able to relate the subject content contained in the specialist area of study to practical problems that may be encountered in a work situation. You'll be encouraged to explore the links between planning education and practice through a particular practice relevant project.  In addition, the module will prepare you for your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 
  • Elective
    Students are required to take an elective module, on offer from the Masters Level modules within the Department. This may be an additional specialism module if desired.

Plus one specialist option from:

  • Urban design project (urban design specialism)
    This project based module provides you with the opportunity to extend and develop your urban design skills in a practical context in relation to the planning process and the urban context for design. You'll also review theories and approaches to urban design in the context of real projects and places in use as well as your own work. Whenever possible the module will be linked to 'live' projects and areas and cases of current interest. 
  • Urban regeneration strategies and projects (urban regeneration specialism)
    The module focuses on contemporary regeneration practice, which in recent years has taken place within an increasingly competitive context including declining public finance. This will be explored in the context of a specific 'major' project and the regeneration strategy that provides a framework for development in the wider area. 
  • Environment and resource management, or, Transport, society and planning (environment specialism)
    You'll focus on a number of key themes in the context of environmental management and planning, and explore them in the context of current policy, law and practice.  You'll also be introduced to environmental assessment, sustainability appraisal and environmental management techniques and processes. 

Plus the Dissertation (MA only)

Part-time taught one day per week, with one or two modules being taught in each semester.

Award

  • X6 modules = PgDip
  • X6 modules + dissertation = Masters

Employability

Town Planner as a career

Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high.

The natural career path for graduates is to work as a town planner – this can be for a local authority, as private consultants or for planning government agencies.

Role and responsibilities

General activities for town planners range from developing creative and original planning solutions to satisfy all parties, to writing often complex reports which make recommendations or explain detailed regulations, to conducting research and analysis to help determine strategic developments.

Most jobs will be largely office-based, but visits to meet clients and attend external meetings are not uncommon. There are opportunities available throughout the country, as every local authority employs planners.

Salary

Typical starting salaries for graduate town planners can be around £16,000-£28,000. With career progression, and reaching the rank of team leader or principal planner, salaries of up to £45,000 are possible. (Prospects)

Career progression

Graduates from the programme will emerge with a range of knowledge and skills of value to potential employers and to career progression opportunities. Employment prospects are excellent with demand exceeding supply. Successful planning students are likely to find jobs with local authorities, private consultants in property and planning government agencies.

See our graduate case studies for some specific examples of career development.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Amer Ali

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Ali specialises in Traffic and Highway Engineering.


Margaret Hollins

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor

Margaret's areas of interest include sustainable development and climate change, human rights and international environmental law.


Dr Bob Jarvis

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Hourly Paid Lecturer - Urban Design

Dr Jarvis is a town planner with an extensive experience in urban design teaching and research; he also has a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing and practical experience of contemporary dance.


Dr Michael Leary-Owhin

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director - MA Planning, Policy and Practice

Dr Leary-Owhin's interest is in the production of urban public space and he has studied Manchester's 'regeneration' since the 1970s as well as international urban regeneration focusing on Lowell MA and Vancouver. His recent publications include: Exploring the production of urban space: Differential space in three post-industrial cities and The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration.


Dr Antonia Noussia

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director, MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Combining her training in architecture, conservation and cultural geography, Antonia adopts an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the spatial expression of cultures on the landscape - primarily the interaction of heritage, tourism and migration. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgrduate level, including PhD supervision.  Her main areas of teaching are destination planning and management, tourism development in less developed countries, urban design, and planning practice.


Dr Philip Pinch

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor: Human Geography

Phil is an Associate Professor in Human Geography within the Division of Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies. His research interests include moto-mobilities, the politics of sustainable design, and European spatial planning.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year one class contact time for full-time students is typically 9 hours per week supplemented by study visits, tutorials and independent study.

Brief assessment outline

Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, design and practice-based projects, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams on this programme.

Entry requirements

All students must have 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division or above in a planning degree accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Applicants with other degrees are not eligible to study this course but could consider the MA Planning Policy and Practice.

The PgDip Town Planning is the final year of the Royal Town Planning Institute accredited undergraduate entry course, and therefore is only available to students who have already studied an accredited planning degree. Students from other universities may have to study a special programme of modules and transfers between universities are possible but will need to be agreed in advance.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5154
Application method
Mode
5156 - Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5156
Application method
Mode
Part-time MA
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
5155
Application method
Mode
Full-time MA
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5157
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £5000International fee: £8750
AOS/LSBU code: 5156Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5000
International £8750
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £7500International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5157Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7500
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3333.33International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5155Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7500
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2500International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5154Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £5000
International £8750

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and, additionally, the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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