University of Westminster

University of Westminster

International Planning and Sustainable Development

This course addresses 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. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers students the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth. There are 2 pathways through the course. The spatial planning pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The urban resilience pathway provides a sustainable development focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma students take modules totalling 120 credits. For the award of the Postgraduate Certificate students take 3 20 credit modules.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2.2 or above) 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) from a higher education institute in the UK or EU, or a comparable qualification from another country. Alternatively, a good Honours degree (2.2 or above) in human geography, social or environmental science subject from a higher education institute in the UK or EU (or a comparable qualification from another country), and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline. Candidates whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5.

Course modules

Core Modules: dissertation or major project; international spatial planning practice; introduction to international planning and sustainable development; research methods and the built environment; skills for planning practice; sustainable neighbourhood development and management. Spatial planning pathway only: urban design and development planning skills. Urban resilience pathway only: planning for urban risk and resilience; sustainable cities and neighbourhoods. Optional modules: environmental policy, assessment and climate change; housing and regeneration; public participation and engaging communities; public realm: significance, design, experience.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include reports, essays and coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time day/evening £ 725 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time day/evening £ 1,300 per Credit module (overseas fees) 2 years
PgCert Full-time - 12 months
PgCert Part-time - 24 months
PgDip Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Marylebone Camden NW1 5LS South East

Key information

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