This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth.
There are two 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.
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.
This course is aimed at planning, architecture and other built environment professionals who need to update their knowledge of current best practice in planning, urban design and regeneration, 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 and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures.
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.
(Both pathways - all modules are worth 20 credits except where indicated)
Dissertation or Major Project
International Spatial Planning Practice
Introduction to International Planning and Sustainable Development
Research Methods and the Built Environment
Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management
(Spatial Planning Pathway only)
Urban Design and Development Planning Skills
(Urban Resilience Pathway only – with the normal timetable, the module Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience can also be taken as an option module on the Spatial Planning Pathway)
Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience
Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods
Options may also be chosen from other postgraduate courses offered in the School.
Conservation Policy and Practice
Environmental Policy, Assessment and Climate Change
Housing and Regeneration
Public Participation and Engaging Communities
Public Realm: Significance, Design, Experience
Most students on the course are likely to be working in a relevant built environment 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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