Course summary

This MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. Completion of the MA course is the first step to become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The course will support your personal and professional development. You will be able to work in the interdisciplinary and cross-sector environment of urban and regional development, in a variety of private, public and community contexts, and apply your knowledge to practice in specialist areas of planning. The course builds on the University's experience of delivering postgraduate courses in town planning for more than 60 years.

Course structure

For the award of the MA students need to pass modules totalling 180 credits. MA students take all core modules and choose one specialist option module.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

  • Dissertation/Policy Implementation Project
  • Making and Managing Places
  • Planning Field Trip
  • Planning Theory and Practice One
  • Planning Theory and Practice Two
  • Research Methods and the Built Environment
  • Skills for Planning Practice
  • Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods

Optional modules

  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Land Use, Planning and Transport
  • Environmental Policy, Assessment and Climate Change
  • Public Realm: Significance, Design, Experience

Entry Requirements


You will need a good first degree from the UK, or a comparable qualification from overseas, or membership of an appropriate professional body.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.


You should normally have the equivalent of a good Honour's degree and demonstrate strong motivation in the subject area. Alternative qualifications with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.


Career path

Most of the students on the course are already in planning or planning-related posts. Full-time students graduating from the course as qualified planners will normally be offered planning positions in the public or private sector on graduation.

Examples of companies that have recruited our graduates include:

  • Belinda Greenwell
    Graduate Planner, Savills UK
  • Marisa Teuma
    Town Planner, Transport for London (TfL)
  • Yvonne Sampoh
    Project Officer (Planning), Southwark Council
  • Kiran Curtis
    Managing Director, Kiran Curtis Associates
  • Adam Hunt
    Tottenham Planning and Regeneration Manager, London Borough of Haringey

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year
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Last updated April 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
12,500 GBP
international - UK/EU: £7,000 (per academic year)
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