Planning & Development

To gain expertise in key aspects of planning theory, policy and practice.

Course Content
The course’s primary focus is to provide professional planning skills. It is designed to allow students to develop knowledge on planning in a flexible manner as the 60 CATS can be completed full-time in one semester or accumulated more flexibly over up to two years. You can learn the use of techniques (GIS, design software, statistical analysis) but more importantly, how to apply them to solve problems, create new solutions for the built environment and understand the complexity of environmental management.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Optional Modules
• Planning Law and Practice (10 credits)
• International Planning Studies (10 credits)
• Community Planning and Regeneration (10 credits)
• Planning Skills and Ethics (10 credits)
• Design in the Built Environment (10 credits)
• Professional Practice Project in Environmental Planning (20 credits)
• Introduction to Planning Theory and Practice (10 credits)
• Property Development (10 credits)
• GIS and Spatial Analysis (20 credits)
• Planning and Environmental Governance (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirement but have appropriate acceptable experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Application dates

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2024. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Our graduates end up in leading positions in central and local government and as well as in planning consultancies in the private sector. Some of them have gone on to lead significant environmental campaigns such as opposition to fracking; work with NGOs such as Friends of the Earth; and work with communities to make their neighbourhoods better, such as with disadvantaged groups.

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  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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