Spatial Planning and Development (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The course aims to put you on the road to being a good planner. It has the following main aims:
- Develops core planning skills, applicable at a range of spatial scales
- Nurtures professional judgement;
- Develops specialised skills which will make graduates employable with a wide range of employers.
- This MSc is a combined planning course and is itself fully recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The course provides the full RTPI educational requirement, so that successful completion of the MSc with the necessary RTPI practice requirements allows direct membership entry to the Institute.
- It is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.
- Provides skills and knowledge of direct value in the planning office in public, private and voluntary sectors, including research skills.
- Supports the development of analytical abilities which are used to provide insight into the nature and purpose of planning.
The MSc Spacial Planning and Development is underpinned by a recognition that planning is undertaken in diverse (and sometimes unjust) societies, and that objectives and approaches to planning can be subjects of debate and struggle. The course attempts to provide students with resources to be sensitive to, and be able to form independent judgements on, these ethical, political and professional matters. While its focus is on planning in developed capitalist societies, especially the UK/Europe, its understanding of planning is comparative, and the skills taught are applicable in many planning contexts.
There is a mix of teaching methods and learning environments, including projects for 'real life' clients. There is an expectation that students will supplement class/workshop sessions by independently exploring library and internet resources.
The course is divided into two parts:
- Part 1 comprises a teaching programme of compulsory and option modules over two semesters (or four semesters for the part-time course).
- Part 2 comprises an individual dissertation. A topic is selected by each student in consultation with members of staff. The topic must be planning related. In the case of students from countries outside the UK, the dissertation may focus on a planning issue in their country of origin. An important aspect of the dissertation process is student reflection on what is involved in researching a planning topic.
The following is a proposed list of modules for the programme in 2013/14. Please note that these may be subject to minor changes.
- ‘Live’ Project
- Planning and Real Estate
- Planning: Nature, Purpose and Instruments
- Researching Spatial Planning
- Site Planning, Design and Development
Option Modules - One to be chosen from:
- Designing Cities
- Development and Urbanisation Processes
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Policy and Climate Change
- Housing in a Globalising World
- Renewable Energy Development and Planning
- Sustainable Transport Policies
- Transport and the City
For further details and up-to-date information on the course and modules, please see the course pages on the School's website.
- analytical skills, including research skills
- communication skills, especially report writing and presentations
- time management
- ICT skills
- team working
- using the planning policy process
- planning law (introductory)
- site planning
- development appraisal in relation to planning
Graduates of this course do extremely well in getting jobs they want. The input of people from practice into the degree keeps it relevant. It also gives students great contacts. Principal graduate employment destinations are UK and EU town and regional planning organisations, including local and regional authorities, national government agencies, private planning consultancy firms and voluntary organisations. We also have students employed in North America and Australia.
Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.
Applicants should normally hold a first or second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject. This MSc is suitable for graduates in most subjects and is a particularly popular choice for graduates in economics, geography, architecture, sociology, engineering, politics and history. Applications from mature students with a relevant professional background are also welcome. The course is specifically aimed at those wishing to gain a professional qualification in planning.
A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.
A number of field study visits may be arranged during the course. The School does partly subsidise these trips but students should allow for travelling and subsistence expenses.
Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 (or £250 reduction in each year of a part-time course) to all Cardiff University alumni.
For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.
The fees below are those before bursaries have been deducted.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Huw Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74463
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74845