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MScPlanning Major Projects

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As the population of the UK continues to expand, it is becoming necessary for towns and cities to make ambitious plans for delivering both growth and infrastructure. This course explores the transition of these strategic goals into the planning, design and appraisal of major projects. These projects encompass all development sectors and include projects relating to transport, energy, utilities, and the environment. They also extend to encompass the type of large-scale housing, commercial and retail projects that environments are increasingly having to support.

By applying theory to practice, the course provides an opportunity to develop a strong understanding of the innovations and practices that are necessary to take a project from idea to reality. The course explores the key consenting regimes that projects have to pass through and the steps that urban planners, developers and examining teams have to consider. As such, you will gain extended knowledge of procedures surrounding environmental appraisal, political and community engagement, and design review.

You will gain an appreciation of the policy context surrounding urban development and infrastructure across the UK and beyond. Additionally, you will acquire specialist knowledge, skills and competencies to help with the facilitation of development projects in a sector that is expanding.

Career opportunities

On graduation, you will be equipped to work within the major projects and infrastructure sector in a variety of areas, from consenting to project appraisal.

If you have studied a degree in urban planning at undergraduate level that was accredited as a spatial planning course by the RTPI, you will be able to proceed in becoming a professional planner. This will involve you following a structured programme of work experience (for two years) under the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence. If you are successful in this, you will be able to become a chartered planner and use the letters ‘MRTPI’ after your name.

If you have not studied planning before, or your previous planning studies were not formally accredited by the RTPI, you can still become a professional planner through a programme of experience. After two years of relevant planning experience you will be able to apply to become an Associate Member of the RTPI. This will allow you to use the letters AssocRTPI after your name. Undertaking a further two yeras of experience will allow you to make an application for full chartered membership. If you are successful you will be able to use the letters ‘MRTPI’ after your name.

There is significant activity in the urban planning sector across Bristol and the wider area. With established links to many local companies and organisations, the course enables you to make contacts and explore potential employment paths.

Although the course will focus predominantly on UK law and practice, the skills and knowledge you will gain can be applied universally, allowing you to step into roles further afield. Many of the organisations actively involved in the planning of major projects tend to have an international profile, with UK professionals tending to be sought to help on projects across the world.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States