About the course

The MSc Sustainable Planning programme for 2019/2020 consists of three courses in MSc Sustainable Planning, MSc Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management and MSc Sustainable Planning and Transport. The programme provides students with the skills and expertise they need in order to meet contemporary sustainability challenges in planning, allowing them to contribute to a much needed and fast changing professional area. 

The Royal Town Planning Institute has formally granted accreditation to the University of Hertfordshire for its Master’s degrees in Sustainable Planning.

The breadth of material covered in our MSc in Sustainable Planning gives students the skills they need in order to meet contemporary sustainability challenges in planning. Planning has a key role to play in improving the condition of life in our towns, cities and rural areas. Towns and cities themselves impact on global sustainability and can play a very influential role in tackling global environmental, social and economic problems. Equally, implementing sustainability principles within urban and rural areas is essential for the well-being of the local residents and improvement of the local environment. Creating more sustainable towns and cities will be central to the future of society and the planet. The planning system is so important because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. Recent policy changes have made planning in neighbourhoods and in communities even more important.

Increasingly planners are being required to facilitate the creation of more sustainable urban environments. This requires expertise and skills in a diverse range of disciplines and nationally there is a shortage of relevant skills. This course offers both personal opportunities for students to gain valuable skills that make them highly employable, and allows them to contribute to a much needed and fast changing professional area.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Sustainable Planning
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Sustainable Planning

Why choose this course?

This exciting new course is specifically aimed at people wishing to gain expertise in contemporary sustainability issues. It provides graduates with excellent career opportunities in planning, environmental management, urban design, community development, regeneration, transport management, climate change mitigation and other planning related careers.

The course is suitable for:

  • Students who have work experience in planning or related discipline and require a postgraduate qualification and subsequent professional accreditation to develop their career further.
  • New graduates starting their career in planning with a first degree in geography, environmental science, conservation, sociology, architecture and urban studies.
  • Students from other disciplines who have developed an interest in planning from voluntary work, work experience or project work.

Key Features:

  • A combination of stimulating academic study and strong career orientation
  • Focus on the role of planning in addressing key sustainability concerns: climate change; urban sprawl; social cohesion; and demands for personal mobility
  • Using the latest techniques including GIS; urban design tools and community design engagement techniques such as charettes
  • Practical problem based approach to learning that uses real planning issues and case studies
  • Flexibility of study based on a programme of short courses scheduled over two or three days at weekends
  • UK field trips including visits to the start of town planning nearby at Letchworth and the first New Towns
  • International study visit to look at European best practice in France and Germany.

This course is available both full and part-time. Full time study in Semester A takes 1 year. Full time study beginning in Semester B will take 15 months. Part time study options typically take two years but students are given a maximum of five years to complete.

To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events. If you wish to visit us outside of our postgraduate open events then please contact admissionsenvman@herts.ac.uk to arrange an appointment. You can also book onto a campus tour.

You can find out more about our staff in Geography, Environment and Agriculture here.

Professional Accreditations

The Royal Town Planning Institute has formally granted accreditation to the University of Hertfordshire for its Master’s degrees in Sustainable Planning. Completion of this accredited course will allow future University of Hertfordshire graduates to progress towards chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Course details

Careers

When you graduate from this course you will have excellent career opportunities in planning, environmental management, urban design and urbanism, community development and regeneration, transport management, climate change mitigation and adaptation and other planning related careers - all with a special focus on maximizing your sustainability expertise. Prospective employers include: local government; private sector planning consultancies; specialist consultancies in environmental management, urban design, transport planning; public involvement bodies; national government agencies; third sector employers including charities with an urban and rural focus; and professional bodies.

What job can I get?

The course provides graduates with excellent career opportunities in planning, environmental management, urban design, transport planning and management, climate change mitigation and other planning related careers. Graduates from our degrees are now working in a wide range of national and international roles at the forefront of tackling contemporary planning and sustainability issues.

Teaching methods

The MSc Sustainable Planning course structure is based on a series of two to three day short courses and tutorials that usually run Friday and Saturday, though some modules may require a Thursday as well.

For full time students the modules run approximately twice a month which means that you will be attending classes on four weekdays and two Saturdays.

Part-time students attend the MSc Sustainable Planning short courses over two years. This makes the course easy to attend and fit around a busy workload schedule.

Pathways through the MSc allow students to specialise in transport or aspects of environmental management such as water resources and environmental policy and governance.

All of the modules can be studied individually as a stand-alone course for your personal development or CPD training, so please enquire for further details.

The course integrates a blended learning approach combining face-to-face teaching and tutorials with online learning materials, easy contact with tutors and online submission of assignments. It includes workshops, field work, class exercises, investigations and group work. The costs of UK and European field visits are included in the course fee.

All of the modules are assessed through coursework. The nature of the coursework will vary but will include experience in report writing, practical urban design work (no drawing or architecture background is required), oral presentations and negotiation skills.

Students also carry out an extended individual project. This is an opportunity to follow a particular interest in depth and do primary research. We encourage and support students to link with external organisations such as local government, voluntary sector organisations or planning consultancies to produce a piece of primary research that is both academically challenging and of practical benefit.

Structure

  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Community Engagement and the Planning Process 15 Credits Compulsory
    Place-making and Spatial Mediation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Spatial Analysis for Planning 15 Credits Compulsory
    Planning law, policy & practice 15 Credits Compulsory
    Urban Design and Conservation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Development Viability 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Planning Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sustainable Energy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Study Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £7290 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £610 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12500 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1040 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    An honours degree with a minimum classification of second class(2.2) or higher in any subject.

    For country specific international qualifications please check here.

    If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    20/01/202025/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    20/01/202024/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    21/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    25/01/202125/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    21/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    25/01/202124/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    21/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    25/01/202225/05/2023Apply online (Full Time)
    21/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    25/01/202224/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students