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International Planning and Development (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide a broad education in international planning and development, enabling students to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding to make a significant contribution to the management of human settlements and urban systems.

Special Features

Course Description

The MSc International Planning and Development tackles the challenges of urbanisation in the 21st century. Since 2008, more than half the world's population has lived in cities. Cities are crucibles of culture, knowledge and innovation, but also harbour poverty and exclusion; globalisation, environmental pollution, and climate change all threaten the well-being of urban residents.

This course spans the disciplines of spatial planning and development studies, enabling students to acquire the knowledge and critical understanding to make a significant contribution to the design and management of cities.

Course Structure

The course is divided into two parts:

Core teaching focuses on issues of development and underdevelopment, city futures in a globalising world, and creation of space and place within different political, cultural, economic and environmental contexts. Options enable students to follow specialisms in urban design, real estate and housing – or a general route with options in options in planning, environment, transport, real estate, site planning, regeneration and housing. The dissertation is an opportunity for students to develop their specialist interests.

The following lists relates to the modules for the academic year 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.

Part 1: Autumn Semester

Core Modules
Optional Modules

* This module runs over both Autumn and Spring semesters.

Students may substitute one of the option modules above with other modules offered in the School, with agreement of the Course Director.

Part 2: Spring Semester

Core Modules
Optional Modules

* This module runs over both Autumn and Spring semesters.

Students may substitute one of the option modules above with other modules offered in the School, with agreement of the Course Director.

Part 3: Dissertation

Following the taught component, students complete a 60-credit Dissertation.

For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course pages on the School's website.

Skills Acquired

Transferable skills:
Professional:

Careers Prospects

The course offers the knowledge and expertise for a career in academia, government and the private sector, in a wide variety of organisations including international agencies, central or local government, consultancy and NGOs.

Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in planning, geography, sociology, architecture, engineering, property management, law or other relevant disciplines, or mid-career professionals working in planning, development or similar fields. The course is appropriate for both international students, and UK students interested in international planning.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. The UK Border Agency requires minimum sub-scores of IELTS 5.5 across the four competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The University’s English language centre offers 10 and 8-week Pre-sessional Courses and a longer Bridge Programme and provides on-going support for international students.


Study Visits

Students take part in a UK-based field study visit. The trip is subsidised by the School, and students will contribute around £100 to the costs in 2015.

Funding

Cardiff's School of Geography and Planning is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,750 £16,000
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Prof Alison Brown  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6519 

Fax:  

Email: BrownAM@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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