Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Planning and Development

This course is designed to take graduates from a broad range of disciplines, and through an intensive programme of project work, lectures, seminars, study visits and supervised research, prepare them for a career in planning and development. The degree programme is overseen by professional Partnership Boards of practitioners, academics and members of the Institutes, which ensures that the knowledge, skills and value awareness imparted during education and training are up to date and cutting edge.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Typically, entrants to the programme come from backgrounds in geography, sociology, estate management, environmental science, architecture and economics, although recent entrants have included those with backgrounds in arts and humanities. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. 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.

Course modules

Semester 1: environmental planning and planning governance; gis and spatial analysis; introduction to planning theory and practice; planning skills and ethics.
Semester 2: design in the built environment; international planning studies; professional practice project; property development; regeneration and housing.
Semester 3: individual specialist project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by formal examination, individual and group project submissions, and an individual specialist studies project that combines oral presentation and written submission.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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Key information

Course Enquiries, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE)
Telephone number: 
028 9097 4743