Spatial Planning


Key facts

Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months (Sept start), 17 months (Jan start)

Part time: 24 months (Sept start), 29 months (Jan start). Distance learning: 24 months (Sept start), 29 months (Jan start)




School of the Built Environment


Designed in collaboration with leading industry professionals, this MSc in Spatial Planning is a varied and interdisciplinary course that prepares you for work as a planner in a wide range of roles.

Accredited by the RTPI, the course centres on the role of spatial planning in tackling the key challenges that our built and natural environments are facing in the coming decades. Throughout the course you’ll gain the wide-ranging knowledge and skills that you need to succeed as a practitioner in the planning profession.

With a focus on employability and a teaching team that includes experienced practitioners and high-profile researchers, the course curriculum is at the cutting edge of practice. It develops an international perspective on the field of spatial planning and provides you with the flexibility to develop specialist expertise that complements your interests and ambitions.

Our graduates work in a wide range of government roles, both in the UK and abroad, as well as in private sector planning and related fields such as design and property development.

Specific entry requirements

The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline, as well as those seeking continuing professional development.

We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees, who can evidence relevant planning and development experience.

Applications will also be considered from those who have no first degree but have three or more years’ professional experience in planning and a Certificate in Spatial Planning Studies.

The MSc Spatial Planning programme attracts students from a wide and varied range of disciplinary backgrounds, including geography, environmental sciences, architecture and design, economics and politics. We also encourage applications from those already in employment (in planning or related fields) and seeking to further their professional development. A diversity of interests and skills is welcomed in this interdisciplinary programme.