Spatial Planning Studies

Qualifying Certificate

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Part time: 12 months




School of the Built Environment


Our Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies provides an access route to our RTPI and RICS-accredited MSc in Spatial Planning. It is ideal for students who do not have the usual educational qualifications necessary for entry onto the course.

The course provides you with a general, yet critical, understanding of the planning process and some of the key issues and themes in contemporary spatial planning.

The School of the Built Envionment performs a leading role in research and consultancy. Clients and projects cover subjects from:

  • local concerns
  • multinational organisations
  • government
  • industry.

Our research feeds directly into our teaching so you will learn directly from the most current areas of practice.

The course is a one-year part-time (one day per week) undergraduate-level course.

Specific entry requirements

Standard entry to the course is open to those who have:

– GCSE, O-level (or equivalent) in Maths and English
– at least three years’ suitable experience within the field of planning – in an advanced technical or administration post *

* Applicants who have two years’ work experience in planning at the commencement of their studies, and hold at least one A-level at grade C will also be considered.

UK/EU applicants for MSc Spatial Planning who were unsuccessful because their undergraduate degree attainment was unsuitable, will be reconsidered for progression by completing this course to the required standard.