Planning Practice and Research

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Nancy Holman STC315b and Dr Alan Mace STC315a


This course is compulsory on the MSc 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 study trips. These will take place throughout the year.


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 2018/19: 31

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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