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Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change (MSc) RTPI Programme Logo

  • Course duration: 12 months full time

This new Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited programme is designed to give you the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to allow you to practise professionally as a town planner with specialist knowledge in sustainability and climate change. It is geared particularly to graduates from an engineering, science, agriculture or environmental sciences background, who wish to use their first degree as a basis for a planning career.  Specialised understanding of Planning for climate change issues is gained from modules within the School while tapping into important areas outside the School will provide additional specialist knowledge and cross disciplinary understandings which we believe are fundamental to responding to current sustainability and climate change issues. 


Students gain research, evaluation and core planning skills plus the theoretical basis for understanding how planners approach the issue of climate change, plus specialised modules in the legal and regulatory context and Renewable Energy.  We do not expect students to become experts in climate change science, but to gain enough understanding of the science, the sources of information and ways to sift through the sources of information in order to provide informed decisions on ways to approach mitigation and adaptation techniques, which are the core skills planners require in this field.  Possible application and professional practice approaches for planners will be examined and students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how academic and professional aspects of the way planning can respond to climate change through the dissertation. 

The programme is taught by various tutors including experts within the School and professionals from practice dealing with the day-to-day requirements of climate change adaptation and mitigation. The approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical, thematic and practical modules, and a strong emphasis is placed on team and individual project work. Most of the teaching is in small seminar groups, however some of the modules include larger group lectures, smaller group workshops and visits.  Students are expected to work individually and in groups and prospective students should be highly motivated and be prepared to carry out individual supported research and learning, provide presentations and discuss their work where required.   Assessment includes coursework, examinations and presentations. The programme has close linkages to the School research interests, broader University research activities and cross-European dimensions of planning practice and research. An optional study visit to another European country forms part of the spatial strategies project module.

For more information about this programme please contact Maggie Roe.

A course description is also available on the University’s online prospectus.