Planning Practice and Research

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Nancy Holman S514, Dr Alan Mace S509 and Prof Andrew Thornley S514


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies. This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Regional and Urban Planning Studies and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the current planning issues faced by practitioners and their policy responses. This will begin with an introduction to the planning context of London and an overview of the British planning system. This will be followed by weekly sessions with invited speakers involved in planning practice and research. They will be engaged in relevant current research or be practicing planners or policy-makers from central or local government, research agencies or consultancy. The content will consist of a series of guided walks, lectures and seminars covering issues of current concern and debate within urban and regional policy and planning.


15 hours of lectures in the MT. 15 hours of lectures in the LT.
There will normally be 25 hours of lectures and seminars, mainly from visiting speakers, plus three study trips. These will take place throughout the year. Assessment


There is no Assessment in this course but the content will be relevant to the assessed courses in the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills