University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Urban and Regional Planning

This programme is designed to develop students as reflective practitioners in the planning profession and related disciplines in the built environment; the structure enables students to combine the core modules and material in spatial planning with a specialist focus in fields such as urban regeneration, community based planning, economic development, housing and transport planning.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent; for a Graduate Diploma applicants should have a degree or diploma or equivalent qualification in an appropriate field; Graduate Diploma students who achieve Master's level in their modules may be transferred to the Masters level; English language requirements may apply for international students.

Course modules

The political economy of cities and regions; planning methods and techniques; the planner in contemporary society; introduction to spatial planning; urban property development; sustainable cities; place making and urban design; integrated planning project. Optional modules: Urban regeneration and renewal; towards urban renaissance: community involvement in the built environment; economic development; resilience, energy and urban living.

Assessment methods

A dissertation of 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

CURS has a limited number of bursaries (paid at ESRC rates) for research students, normally awarded to full-time UK / EU students; CURS also has a fund (the Pat Cam Award) to help students take part in conferences and fieldwork; we also have one scholarship for international students of outstanding merit applying for a PhD: the Barbara M.D. Smith Scholarship; this provides the difference between the tuition fee for a home / EU postgraduate students and the international postgraduate student fee; the scholarship is tenable for one year, and renewable for a second and third year subject to satisfactory progress.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,200 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,600 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005