As a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited course, this degree is highly relevant to both home and international students. It draws students from very diverse academic and professional backgrounds and from different countries. For example, in recent years it has attracted students with a background in geography, environmental studies, architecture, archaeology, history, business management, surveying, politics, law and engineering. Students have come from the UK and from further afield, including Canada, China, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, USA, Vietnam and the West Indies.
Planning is the discipline and profession by which the physical development of our urban and rural places is regulated to bring about the best social, economic and environmental outcome. It is about how people, places and the environment interact.
In their work, planners must take account of unique needs and characteristics of different places and people. They must ensure that the benefits of development are equally distributed and that today’s development does not harm the environment for future generations. Planners work in both the public and private sectors. They may focus on rural or urban planning, the regeneration of older cities, towns and neighbourhoods or the design and development of completely new areas.
Within the profession planners can specialise, for example, in environmental planning and management, planning law and development control, urban regeneration, urban conservation or urban design. To encourage specialisation, the MSc offers a range of interesting optional modules.
There is a broad and varied career path for graduates on this course. For information regarding careers in planning please see the Royal Town Planning Institute website.