Description

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK’s first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.

This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth.

Study Details:

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

Module Details:

Core modules – both pathways

  • Planning in a Globalising World
  • Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management
  • Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods
  • International Spatial Planning Practice
  • Planning Research: Methods & Skills
  • Dissertation or Major Project
  • International Planning Field Trip

Core module for Spatial Planning pathway

  • Urban Form and Growth

Core module for Urban Resilience pathway

  • Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience

Option modules

  • Environmental Policy, Assessment and Climate Change
  • Place and Experience in Design for Urban Spaces
  • Emerging Landscapes and Urban Ecologies
  • Urban Design Project
  • Housing and Urban Regeneration
  • Communities Towards Sustainability – Public Engagement
  • Conservation and Heritage
  • Information Management Applications for Urban Planning
  • Destination Development – Case Study Perspectives
  • Land Use, Planning and Transport
  • Traffic and Streets
  • Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience (Option for part-time Spatial Planning pathway students)
  • Urban Form and Growth (Option for part-time Urban Resilience pathway students)

 

Programme Funding

There are a variety of funding options for postgraduate students, including loans, grants and scholarships.

Student Destinations

Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary. Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country.

Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies.

Fees

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant built environment or land planning related discipline (such as urban or transport planning, architecture, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, or land management).Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline.

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