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This exciting new programme has been developed specifically for international students wishing to pursue a career in urban planning.  It is especially suitable for students from countries with emerging or transitional economies, undergoing major urban change and development (in Asia and South East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and China).  It is also valuable for students wishing to work within the field of international development.  Students will study alongside UK students and other international students, in a relaxed and informal environment, allowing for an exciting exchange of interests, knowledge and ideas.  The programme is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which means graduates may progress to become fully accredited planners working within the UK.  RTPI accreditation is also recognised in many other countries.

The learning environment is informal and friendly and the approach to teaching offers a mix of theoretical and practical modules. You will study alongside other international students and students from the UK. We place strong emphasis on team and individual project work, allowing you to put your learning into practice. To this end a field trip to a country in Asia, Africa or Latin America provides valuable practical project experience.  The field trip is not included in the cost of the programme and costs around £800 – £900 for two weeks.  Students are responsible for all field trip costs.  In exceptional circumstances, if a student cannot attend the field trip, alternative work will be arranged.

Aims of the Programme

The subject of planning is viewed, and taught, very differently around the world.   This new programme has been developed to accommodate those different approaches to planning and offers a structure for international students to learn from international and UK approaches and experiences.  It provides a platform for supporting the specific needs of international students (and their sponsors) and help ensure their knowledge is transferable.   

Through specially developed modules, we explore the pressing, and often conflicting issues of countries in the global south (e.g. informal development, globalisation, developing for international investment).  An international field study trip in semester 2 helps students compare their own country with other countries of the global south, as they undertake group planning project.  Regular weekly tutorials and group learning sessions ensure ongoing support.

Teaching methods include formal lectures, informal discussions and seminars, group and individual project work and site visits.  The programme uses a broad range of innovative and interesting teaching and learning methods, which help international students.  There are no formal examinations.  All work is assessed by course work such as essays, reports, posters and presentations.

If you have any questions regarding this new programme please contact the Degree Programme Director, Suzanne Speak.

More information

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

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