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Urban Planning

BSc (Hons)

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What is Urban Planning BSc (Hons)?

You’ll examine environmental, social and economic issues and the causes of urban and regional change and undertake projects that develop your ability to guide the development of planning schemes.

You’ll learn to respond to the changing needs of people, culture and society within a rapidly changing world. And develop your understanding of the factors and preconditions necessary for the successful delivery of planning within the built and natural environment. You’ll gain a rounded understanding of the factors and forces that are shaping the urban environment, the role that planning can play in developing and renewing urban areas, and reconciling competing and conflicting interests.

We’ll challenge you to enquire, debate and explore issues in design, planning, society, the environment and in relation to the supply and management of resources at a local and global scale. Our graduates aspire, enhance, develop and lead in design and planning professions, as well as community and environmental organisations and media careers.

Study style

A broad range of subjects are covered via lectures, seminars, field study visits, practical workshops and collaborative or individual projects. A variety of assessment methods will help you develop your academic and professional skills, such as coursework, projects, reports, essays, exams, groupwork, seminars, presentations, practical workshops and portfolios. Precedent study field trips in the UK and abroad are essential part of our programmes.

An interdisciplinary approach to study will give you an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and aptitude for professional practice through a range of learning experiences. These will include placements, workshops, active engagement with communities, group project live scenarios, precedent field visits and research of theoretical concepts.

Working in our multi-disciplinary super studio environments, you’ll collaborate and learn with students from disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Construction and Quantity surveying courses.


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Entry requirements

    • 112 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, for example:
      BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

      If your course has a fast-track option that you’re applying to, you’ll also need to pass an entry interview.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • Place selection for this course will be based on a portfolio.

Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
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Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • local authority planning departments (development control, strategic planning, urban design, heritage and conservation)
  • private sector planning consultancies
  • public bodies: Environment Agency, National parks
  • non-government organisations: RSPB,CPRE
  • urban design consultancies
  • transport planning
  • urban regeneration organisations.

Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations such as:

  • Aru
  • Atkins
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • EDP
  • Evan Jones
  • Forest of Dean council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Jacobs
  • LDA
  • Natural England
  • Terra Firma
  • WSP

Our strong industry links offer opportunities for awards, intern positions, live challenges, visiting lecturers and employability skills workshops that could offer a real boost to your graduate career pathway.

Future-proof graduates

The course has been written with urban: city, town and rural strategic planners from a broad spectrum of local, national and international organisations. This means it meets the needs of changing contemporary practice in the industry and the needs of society while also exploring the great global challenges that urban and rural planners will need to be conversant with in the future.

Students on the Urban Planning and Design MSc course doing groupwork around a 3D model of buildings

Cross-discipline collaboration

You’ll work on construction modules and design context-related projects with students from Architecture, Interior Architecture and Quantity Surveying so that you can build collaborative relationships, design, innovate and learn from each other. This develops an understanding of the challenges that are posed when working across multiple professional contexts. As a result, you’ll gain essential transferable skills, becoming considerate professionals and good negotiators before joining industry upon graduation.

Student in a high-visibility vest and construction hat and goggles smiling


As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

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