MA/PgDip in Town Planning

London South Bank University

Program Description

MA/PgDip in Town Planning

London South Bank University

At the center of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialization – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

Top reasons to study this course

  • Achieving excellence:
    Ranked No.5 UK wide for overall satisfaction and learning opportunities in Planning (National Student Survey 2017).

  • Heritage:
    LSBU has been delivering professionally accredited planning courses for over 40 years.

  • Professional accreditation:
    Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

  • Inspiring location:
    Studying planning in the heart of one of the most dynamic global cities on the planet with plenty of opportunities to participate in ongoing projects, complementing the practical focus with theoretical understanding.

  • Taught by experienced academics and practitioners:
    Taught by staff with track records in research and relevant publications. Guest and visiting lecturers from professional practice supplement teaching throughout the course.

  • Develop your interests:
    Choice of specialism module provides flexibility and depth to explore issues relating to a particular aspect of planning.

  • National and international perspective:
    Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.

PgDip/MA Town Planning programmes are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. The courses enhance student's employability in planning, property development and research roles in the public and private sectors. This is through focusing not only on the planning system but on broader themes that influence the economic, environmental and social contexts in which we live. The course enables you to study an area of spatial planning in some depth as many of modules are within a specialist area (urban design, urban regeneration or environmental planning).


It includes a compulsory one-week residential European field study visit, recent destinations have been Venice and Germany. For all new entrants field study visit fees are included in the tuition fees.

Town Planning PgDip

You can also choose to study the PgDip for six modules; Full-time (10 months) or part-time (15 months).


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time PgDip 2 years September Southwark Campus
5156 - Full-time PgDip 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time MA 2 years + dissertation September Southwark Campus
Full-time MA 1 year September Southwark Campus


Year 1

  • Planning history and theory
  • Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
  • Planning in London
  • Planning practice project
  • Elective

Plus one specialist option from:

  • Urban design project (urban design specialism)
  • Urban regeneration strategies and projects (urban regeneration specialism)
  • Environment and resource management, or, Transport, society and planning (environment specialism)

Plus the Dissertation (MA only)

  • Part-time taught one day per week, with one or two modules being taught in each semester.


  • X6 modules = PgDip
  • X6 modules + dissertation = Masters


Currently, there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high.

The natural career path for graduates is to work as a town planner – this can be for a local authority, as private consultants or for planning government agencies.

Role and responsibilities

General activities for town planners range from developing creative and original planning solutions to satisfy all parties, to writing often complex reports which make recommendations or explain detailed regulations, to conducting research and analysis to help determine strategic developments.

Most jobs will be largely office-based, but visits to meet clients and attend external meetings are not uncommon. There are opportunities available throughout the country, as every local authority employs planners.


Typical starting salaries for graduate town planners can be around £16,000-£28,000. With career progression, and reaching the rank of a team leader or principal planner, salaries of up to £45,000 are possible. (Prospects)

Career progression

Graduates from the programme will emerge with a range of knowledge and skills of value to potential employers and to career progression opportunities. Employment prospects are excellent with demand exceeding supply. Successful planning students are likely to find jobs with local authorities, private consultants in property and planning government agencies.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year one class contact time for full-time students is typically 9 hours per week supplemented by study visits, tutorials, and independent study.

Brief assessment outline

Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, design and practice-based projects, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams on this programme.

Entry requirements

All students must have 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division or above in a planning degree accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Applicants with other degrees are not eligible to study this course but could consider the MA Planning Policy and Practice.

The PgDip Town Planning is the final year of the Royal Town Planning Institute accredited undergraduate entry course and therefore is only available to students who have already studied an accredited planning degree. Students from other universities may have to study a special programme of modules and transfers between universities are possible but will need to be agreed in advance.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
5,000 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £5000; International fee: £8750. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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