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International Planning and Sustainable Development MA

University of Westminster

35 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, NW1 5, London
Tel.+44 (0) 20 7911 5000

Current Status: Terminato
Course Type: Master Level:
Available Financing:
Tuition: 6.500 £ Duration y/mm: 0/12
Places Available: Credits:
Application Deadline: 15/09/2017 Admissions:
Start Date: 15/09/2017 End Date: 20/08/2018


This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK’s first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The course is primarily for full-time international, UK and EU students, but it is also open to part-time UK-based students who want to explore an international pathway for their career development. The MA course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a “combined planning programme”. Those offered a place are eligible for postgraduate scholarships offered by the University. Read more about our scholarships.



There are two RTPI-accredited pathways through the course. The Spatial Planning Pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The Urban Resilience Pathway provides a sustainable development-focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document on the master website.

Core modules for both pathways

  • Dissertation or Major Project (40 credits)
  • International Spatial Planning Practice  (20 credits)
  • Planning in a Globalising World  (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and The Built Enviroment (10 credits)
  • Skills for Planning Practice  (10 credits)
  • Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods  (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management (20 credits)

Core module for Spatial Planning Pathway

  • Urban Design and Planning in Context (20 credits)

Core module for Urban Resilience Pathway

  • Planning for Urban Rissk and Resilience  (20 credits)

Option modules

  • Environmental Policy, assessment and Climate Change  (20 credits)
  • Housing and Regeneration (20 credits)
  • Public Participation and Engaging Communities (20 credits)
  • Public Realm: Significance, Design, Experience (20 credits)



You should have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant built environment or land planning related discipline (such as urban or transport planning, architecture, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, or land management) from a higher education institute in the UK or EU, or a comparable qualification from another country. Alternatively, you may have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject from a higher education institute in the UK or EU (or a comparable qualification from another country), and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline.

If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Career Prospects

Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary.
Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country.

Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies.


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