MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies
MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies is a strongly focused and internationally based planning programme with a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals. A strong interdisciplinary focus challenging students to understand cities and regions.
Founded in 1966, the programme continues a strong interdisciplinary focus challenging students to understand cities and regions from an economic, social and environmental perspective.
The programme aims to provide a common understanding of the influences affecting the planning process, and to teach a set of research skills that will help planners in practice. These skills include urban and regional economic analysis, the evaluation of environmental and regional policies and the study of institutional and political factors that impact city and regional development. These perspectives will be applied to London and to a wide range of countries and cities through lectures and seminar debate.
Students join the course from many countries and different backgrounds in the social sciences and the design, planning and property professions. Most graduates go on to work in city, regional or environmental planning, particularly on the research and consultancy side of practice.
The MSc is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and students who pass their degree will automatically gain accreditation.
There is a strong sense of identity in the student body. A number of walks are conducted in the first term to help students orient to London and a field trip is held during the Easter vacation. Recent cohorts have chosen to visit Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow, Dublin and Amsterdam. The students also run a Planning Society which organises speakers, shorter trips and social events.
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