The programme involves three compulsory half units, three half-unit options and a 10,000-word dissertation. This dissertation will be on a topic of personal interest to you, agreed with your tutor. It provides the opportunity for you to apply the material learned in the rest of the programme. Through your selection of options you can either study a wide range of different subjects or choose a package with a specialism such as environment planning, regional policy, economic development, or planning in developing countries.
If you are planning to apply for a PhD within the Department, please be advised that you need to take some methods training as part of the MSc. Contact your MSc programme director and the Director of Graduate studies to discuss this requirement.
You will also have the benefit of a series of visiting speakers and study trips exploring current planning issues, including the chance to go on a study visit to another city. In recent years we have visited Sarajevo, Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin and Athens; the cost of this visit (about £300) is not covered by tuition fees.
(* denotes a half unit)
The Economics of Regional and Urban Planning*
Provides an economic framework in which to analyse the structure of economic activity within the urban and regional context; the impact of this structure on urban form; and the role of government at the local level and local economic policy applications.
Social and Political Aspects of Regional and Urban Planning*
Explores the impact of key social and political processes on the activity of urban and regional planning.
Urban Policy and Planning*
A fieldwork-based course that examines the way in which economic, political and social forces interact to effect policy approaches in different spatial settings.
Planning Practice and Research
(not assessed) provides an understanding of the current planning issues faced by practitioners and their policy responses.
Courses to the value of one and a half units from a range of options
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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