Postgraduate MSc

Urban and Rural Planning

Develop the skills and a comprehensive understanding of urban and rural planning. This online course will train you to become an effective, professionally qualified planner.

Urban and Rural Planning

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Distance Learning
  • Attendance


    Part-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    23 Jan 2023

Recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this flexible, Joint Distance Learning Consortium (JDLC) course will focus on all stages of urban and rural planning. This will include:

  • Urban design
  • Plan making and policy
  • Planning law and decision making
  • Planning and place histories
  • The development process
  • Finance
  • Implementation and delivery
  • Stakeholder participation and politics

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Gain a critical awareness of the social, economic, political and regulatory nature of planning
  • Evaluate development strategies and assess the challenges of planned interventions, sustainability and climate change
  • Specialise in an area of personal interest through an Open University option module

You’ll be encouraged to develop links with research via the RTPI conference series. This will be through planning journals and other research seminars and professional practice conferences.

Industry expertise
The MSc Urban & Rural Planning (JDLC) course brings together diverse expertise from four different universities around the UK, including industry professionals. Your teaching team will ensure you get the best in urban and rural planning education.

Professional recognition
The course will put you on the first step of the ladder to becoming a Chartered Planner. Once you have completed the programme – taken together with a minimum of two years structured and mentored relevant experience – you’ll be able to apply to become of a member of the RTPI.

Field trips
You’ll be encouraged to take part in optional external trips. This will give you an understanding of how:

  • Regeneration projects work on the ground
  • Locations are used to conduct fieldwork
  • To develop competence in practical research skills

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in recent master-planning projects and carry out specific tasks. You could work independently or in groups to undertake field investigation and analysis. You’ll then be able to offer your own conclusions and recommendations.

Sharing ideas
You’ll take part in online seminars and present your own ideas for discussion by your peers. This will enable you to reflect critically upon the issues exchanged and arising.

Leeds Beckett Planning Society
Extend your network of professional contacts through guest speakers, Q&A events, walking tours and social events. The Planning Society is entirely student organised and managed.

Why study Urban and Rural Planning at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Industry experienced expert teaching team
  2. Real-life projects
  3. Optional field trips
  4. Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) recognised course 
  5. Option to specialise in your final year
  6. Flexible part-time distance study, through our Virtual Learning Environment
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