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Planning
Undergraduate course
MPlan

Planning

Overview

Develop the expertise needed to become an ethical and informed planner and help make a difference to the communities and environments where people live and work. This integrated masters course will allow you to follow both large and small local planning projects from their initial proposal through to their finished sites.

You will use computer aided design (CAD), SPSS research software and geographic information system (GIS) software and engage with experts from industry through field trips, live projects and guest lectures - previous speakers have included planning lawyers from international law firm Eversheds and urban designers from Leeds City Council. In your second year you will work with a community group or local council to put together a neighbourhood plan, adding to your technical know-how and strengthening your communication skills.

We will help you understand the challenges planners face today, including the impact of new planning policies and the need for affordable housing. The issues of sustainability and regeneration will be at the heart of your course and we will give you a solid grounding in planning regulations and laws so you can assist in designing the sustainable communities of the future.
Your course is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Planner and as a student you can enjoy free membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute, giving you access to career development advice. We will help you reach the professional standards expected from the Institute by encouraging you to keep a diary of your work, logging why you have made certain decisions and improvements.

Many of our teaching team work in private practice and lead on community projects. Our strong research background in areas such as neighbourhood planning will feed into your learning. You will also meet our graduates who will share their experiences and advise you on how to turn your vision for a town or community into planning policy that will stand up to the scrutiny of development officers and lawyers.

In your final year, you will choose between a dissertation or a major design project, where you can explore topics as diverse as renewable technology and the housing crisis.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Maria Dychala

Careers

Maria Dychala
Graduate Planner Peacock & Smith

BA (Hons) Human Geography & Planning, MA Town & Regional Planning

“After successfully completing my undergraduate degree at Leeds Beckett, staying on to study a masters seemed a natural choice. The modules looked amazing and the course offered a clear pathway to my ultimate goal of becoming a chartered town planning consultant. I'm now confidently moving forward in my career and plan on becoming a licentiate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute after I graduate.

Modules & learning

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Explore sustainable development and find out how environmental, social and economic aspects contribute to sustainable places.

Learn the history, theory and practice of planning, sustainability, localism and neighbourhood planning.

Heighten your awareness of the environment and how it is shaped by natural and human processes while developing your research skills.

Examine the impact of global, national and local urban policies on the development of cities and how they are shaped both physically and environmentally.

Gain the ability to create sensitive design solutions for a variety of communities, accounting for natural and cultural challenges.

Work in a group to produce creative and inspiring proposals for a real-world settlement, considering how you would make it a better place to live.

Examine the history of planning and the use of land as you study changes in legislation and the key figures who have shaped planning today.

Study the workings of the modern housing market by discovering the building blocks of housing policy and public strategy.

Explore landscape design and learn to apply ideas and concepts to various design problems, from design through to delivery on site.

Explore the urban and semi-natural environment of a neighbourhood and develop your ability to communicate your designs effectively.

Building on the knowledge you have gained during the Sustainable Places and City & Society modules, you will explore how changing complex urban problems are addressed in the UK and internationally through policy and practical responses.

Enhance your professional skills on a ten-week work placement. Working with a local employer, you will develop your graduate attributes and reflect on the transferable skills you will need for your chosen career.

Develop your knowledge of community involvement and participation in design before working on a community-based project.

Continue with your chosen project with site-based design work through to technical resolution and implementation.

Work with students from areas such as project management and architecture to create a proposal for the redevelopment of a site in Leeds.

Gain an understanding of heritage conservation in the UK and how it relates to urban regeneration and renaissance.

Examine new and current housing policies and their delivery by housing organisations, the financial sector and private companies.

Build an understanding of the role planners play within a complex planning policy making system. You will look at the wider political context within which planning operates and reflect on the impact this has on the role of the planner.

Use your knowledge to analyse urban environments and their importance to design.

Explore various methods and develop the skills you will need to complete your dissertation.

Learn the current approaches to the planning of contemporary developments by studying the role of development controls and how to evaluate the quality of existing places.

Gain an understanding of sustainable development and reflect on the idea of community as you prepare strategies for sustainable development in your chosen field.

Choose to complete an in-depth research project for your dissertation or a major design project which will combine your planning and creative skills.

Quintin Bradley
Dr Quintin Bradley
Senior Lecturer
Quintin is the author of a major new study of the Tenants Movement which has timely links to the crisis of Generation Rent and has recently completed a year-long national research project into neighbourhood planning. Quintin spent eight years at Leeds Tenants Federation managing and developing participation initiatives and policies. He also worked for Kirklees Federation of Tenants, project managing community development programmes. Quintin's research interests focus on power and governance in UK planning, housing and social policy.
We believe in planners with a real passion for place; planners who are capable of delivering real change; planners with vision and leadership. We have designed this course to help you become everything you can be – a planner who will deliver better places for people.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
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Facilities

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Architecture and art studios
    Architecture and art studios

    Our studios provide space for individual and group projects and facilities include parallel motion boards, flip-top drawing boards, and letterpress and printmaking workshops. Our 3D printer and laser cutters can also be used for model making, plastic forming, plasma cutting and 3D sculptures.

Map

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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