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Urban and Environmental Planning BA (Hons)


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Shaping the future

On this degree, you’ll develop the skills you need to design the needs of coming generations, turning your dreams of how the future could look into a reality. Where better to study such a topic than London, one of the world’s most exciting cities, and a place that is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of its citizens? As the home of many global players in the planning industry, you’ll benefit from amazing networking opportunities and access to inspiring guest lecturers.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Urban and Environmental Planning at LSBU?

No. 1 in the UK for overall satisfaction in Planning (National Student Survey 2018).
Planning the future is nothing new to us – we’ve been offering professionally accredited courses for over 40 years.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute, so you’ll have free student membership while you study.
Learning in London provides inspiration everywhere you look, as well as excellent networking and placement opportunities.
Two free week-long field trips will see you visit Cornwall and another European city – currently Manchester.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus



You’ll learn about the social, economic, environmental and political forces involved in shaping the future of urban and rural areas in the UK and across Europe. You’ll consider key issues such as sustainability, urban design and regeneration, geographical technology, environmental management and climate change, transport, and the history of planning. In short, you’ll graduate with a detailed understanding in all the areas essential to the future of urban planning.

Modules are assessed by coursework, projects, presentations, essays and exams. Methods of assessment for course overall: 85% coursework.

Year 1

  • Planning history and principles
    You'll be introduced to the UK planning combining a historical approach with a critical consideration of the key features of the planning system as it emerged and developed after the Town and Country Planning Act 1947.  You'll also examine changing planning principles and theories that have informed the development of the current planning system and planning practice. 
  • Making sustainable places (includes UK field trip)
    A module which examines the challenges faced when spatial planning policies seek to achieve sustainable forms of development. A residential field study visit is integral to the module and provides the opportunity to meet with professionals engaged in planning practice. 
  • Law and development management This module introduces the structure and operation of the English legal system and the basic framework, principles and processes of development management that operate within it. This module aims: to provide a general awareness and understanding of the governmental, legal and other institutional structures of the UK and European Union, to provide an introductory knowledge of the principles and policies which sustain these institutions, to provide an introductory knowledge of how their operation affects both the individual and the UK systems of planning and environmental control, to provide an introduction to the operation of development management focusing on the institutional and legal frameworks and the process of decision-making.
  • Town planning as an art
    On this module you'll be introduced to the artistic and creative aspects of 'spatial planning' that are at the heart of the current belief that 'good planning and good design' are inseparable. You'll carry out detailed studies of places, their character and what makes a place unique and the way that this is created and managed. 
  • Society, space and place
    One of the central aims of planning is the making of place and mediation of space. This module examines what this involves. You'll be introduced to the structures, networks and relationships that underpin contemporary society, and how these are reflected and mediated geographically. 
  • Geographical investigations
    Geographical Information Systems (GIS) involve a range of techniques for the collection, manipulation, storage, analysis, and display of spatial information. The presentation and communication of planning and environmental information through cartographic and other means (such as the Internet) are important skills for planners, professionals and researchers. In addition to providing you with basic GIS skills, the module will in due course enable you to employ GIS in the course of their research projects within the remainder of the course.

Year 2

  • Strategies, visions and design
    By studying on this module you'll learn how to relate the proposal for a master plan of a specific area to the broader local issues, putting into practice the notion of survey-analysis-plan. The module is delivered in two parts.  The first part deals with the analysis of a broad area and the development of a 'strategic spatial option'.  The second part is concerned with the development of the strategic option into a 'vision' and a more detailed 'design proposal' for a smaller area. 
  • Transport and mobilities
    On this module you'll focus on the importance of modes of transport for patterns of land-use and the construction of a sustainable future.   You'll also examine how issues of power and equality underpin mobility: who can move, how and in what ways. 
  • Geographies of regeneration (includes UK field trip)
    You'll explore regeneration issues from the point of view of the local scale.  Local planning is a crucial element in the planning system, for both protecting the environment and stimulating development and economic activity.  A vision for local areas is as vital now as it was when local plans first emerged in the 1960s and people will always need housing, schools, shops, places of work, leisure and worship.  These vital components of everyday life will be the focus of the Module, which also includes a one week residential field study visit.
  • Development process and finance
    You'll examine the process of development, from inception of a scheme to construction and into use.  You'll also explore the economic rationale for development, financial appraisal of development projects, betterment and the mechanisms for providing community benefits. 
  • Policy evaluation and research
    This module introduces you to the fields of policy and research and has a strong emphasis on the development of practical skills. The increased focus by both Government and academics on evidence based policy will be explored leading to an examination of the relationship between research and policy and the processes of policy development and policy evaluation. You'll develop an understanding of the research process and have the opportunity to develop the skills and techniques required to undertake and evaluate research. The module will require you to elaborate and apply an appropriate methodology to address an agreed research aim in relation to a relevant planning or regeneration related policy.
  • Environmental management and climate change
    You'll be introduced to the background of current environmental issues, including climate change, and will be provided with basic subject knowledge of contemporary environmental problems and resource issues.  You'll explore different environmental policy and management regimes operate in an international, European, national and local context.  You'll also be introduced to environmental planning and to related policy issues and to the different perspectives on sustainability.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
    On this module you'll engage with a substantial piece of research and writing which is self-initiated and supported by a specified academic supervisor.   This is a double-weighted module that runs over two semesters and is an intensive piece of student-devised learning which normally includes empirical research.  You'll choose your own research topic, which must be in the field of your chosen specialism.  You can expect this to be a most rewarding experience and the academic high-point of your degree. 
  • Planning specialism project
    This module provides you with an introduction to your chosen specialist area of planning: urban regeneration, urban design or environmental planning. You'll gain both a theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen specialist area, which will allow a greater depth of study at Level 7 within the specialisms. 
  • Strategic spatial planning
    On this module you'll explore spatial planning at the strategic level. In practice this can refer to planning activities at the regional, national and international levels.  The module also analyses the responses to the problems of economic, social, territorial disparities by examining contemporary processes and mechanisms of governance, government, policy and planning. The focus will be on the strategic spatial planning agenda at both the UK level and in the wider European context.
  • Cities and representations
    You'll explore the ways that cities have been conceptualised and represented across a range of written and visual media through history. You'll focus on the implications of such representations for planning theory and practice. 
  • Planning law and policy
    In this module you will examine the legal framework for planning control and the development of land in England and Wales.


Planning is an essential part of shaping our urban and rural areas, and this degree will give you a wide variety of options when it comes to starting your career in the built environment professions. We place a strong emphasis on the practical skills that employers are looking for, so you’ll be able to make the most of opportunities within local authorities, the private sector and government agencies.

Careers in planning are not just rewarding – they can be lucrative too. The skills you’ll develop on this degree mean you’ll be in high demand, and graduate town planners can expect salaries of up to £28,000. As a principal planner, that figure could grow to £45,000, with higher salaries possible – especially in the private sector.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.



Neil Adams

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Course Director - BA Urban & Environmental Planning

Neil has extensive experience in international research and consultancy, focusing on European spatial planning and rural and regional development, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

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 Sam Johnson-Schlee

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

Sam Johnson-Schlee is a lecturer in human geography in the School of Law and Social Sciences.

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 Kevin Milburn

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Human Geography; Postgraduate Research Lead, School of Law and Social Sciences

Dr Kevin Milburn is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. He specialises in Cultural Geography and teaches on the Tourism and Hospitality, Events and Entertainment, and Human Geography BA (Hons) programmes.

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.


Teaching and learning

You’ll benefit from the skills, experience and passion of academics with a wide range of research interests including:

  • Regeneration and restructuring of post-industrial Cities and economies
  • Comparative urban regeneration
  • The creation of urban public space
  • City marketing
  • Planning cultures and practices in post-socialist countries
  • Social, economic and territorial cohesion in Europe
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Development along the Thames corridor
  • Mobilising design
  • Sustainability of the Utility Furniture Movement
  • Sustainability education for Housing managers.

Most recently, Dr Michael Leary-Owhin, was interviewed as an expert in urban spaces by Global News in response to the London attacks.You can watch and read the news story here.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminarsSelf-directed study
Year 123%77%
Year 223%77%
Year 316%84%

Personal Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.   They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for up to 30 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International students

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
3 years
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Application code
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4 years
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Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 298 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Clearing 2019

If you have your results and are ready to apply for a course this September, you can apply online now.

Get your results on the 15 August? Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors, who’ll take you through your application. We're open from Thursday 15 August (7am until midnight). You can also apply online.

Find out more about Clearing.


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


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 an undergraduate student.

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.

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 1232Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £41340

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

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 149 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

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

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


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


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Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

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