Institution / Queens University Belfast

Planning & Regeneration

This Masters degree offers students the opportunity to study the various spatial planning dimensions of regeneration at local, regional and national scales. Most modules contain a significant practice-orientated component that focuses on developing the skills and knowledge necessary for working effectively in the 'real world'.

Why Queen's?
This MSc is accredited as a standalone programme by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Planning and Development Pathway). It is also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), but only for graduates who have successfully completed an RTPI-accredited undergraduate programme, however, the School does offer an RTPI-accredited MSc programme for graduates from a range of non-planning backgrounds, for more information, please see the Planning section of the School website.

Learning and Teaching
Teaching times are usually in the morning and afternoons. This degree involves fieldwork and team working outside formally allocated lecture times. A considerable amount of independent study is also required.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in environmental planning or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

The course is open to other graduates, particularly those from the built environment professions and those involved in community development, regeneration, and certain fields in public service provision, local government and the voluntary sector.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

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1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
A range of career opportunities in the public and private sectors is available, particularly in multidisciplinary planning consultancies, planning authorities, regeneration agencies and community development organisations.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Ruth McAreavey
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5568

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Semester 1
• Design and Regeneration
• Local and Regional Development
• GIS and Spatial Analysis

Semester 2
• Approaches to Property Development
• Planning in Contested Space
• Professional Practice Project in Spatial Regeneration

Semester 3
• Dissertation or Work-Based Study

Assessment method

Assessment is by a variety of methods including formal examination, individual and group project submissions and individual assessment of specialist subject dissertation or Work-Based Study.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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