What Is a Town Planning Degree?
A town planner manages, develops and regenerates cities, towns, villages and the countryside. The challenge for a town planner is to balance the conflicting demands of housing, industrial development, agriculture, recreation, transport and environmental issues in order to allow development to occur.
What will I study?
You will gain an understanding of the factors shaping urban areas and how planning can reconcile conflicting interests. You will draw upon the interdisciplinary expertise of sociology, geography and architecture to learn how to overcome contemporary planning problems.
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In year one you will receive an introduction to the basic features of the UK planning system including a broad awareness of the social, economic and environmental issues that surround contemporary planning issues. You will also undertake residential field work to put your learning into context.
In the second year you will study the factors that influence how towns and cities are evolving. You will be asked to engage in group-based problem-solving and to develop an awareness of the methodological and spatial design issues that can occur in the development of planning. You will study electives such as Environmental Sustainability, Cities and Regions and GIS for Planning.
The third year allows you to specialise in a particular aspect of environment and planning. Alongside compulsory modules in urban regeneration, you might select to specialise in planning law, international planning, community and identity, green infrastructure planning or property development. You will be required to complete a significant dissertation in your specialist area.
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