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Planning
Undergraduate course
MPlan

Planning

International Scholarships available

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.

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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.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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MPlan Planning - Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer
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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.

Teaching and learning

Across four years of study, you will gain the specialist planning knowledge you will need to address global and local issues. You will develop the design, drawing and model making skills to make plans and communicate your vision, and the in-depth understanding of development strategies, resource management and regulation needed to make well-judged and timely responses. All the modules detailed are core. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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In your first year, you will build a body of knowledge around spatial planning, its challenges and opportunities – particularly around sustainability – and the contribution it can make to the built and natural environment. Six introductory core modules will outline key debates and concepts within the field and the international field trip will enable you to gain valuable skills in spatial planning analysis.
Overall workload
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335 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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865 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

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.

Build on your learning from the first year as you explore development planning and regulation and development economics in the context of housing markets and regeneration. A placement will give you the opportunity to experience a professional workplace.
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290 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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770 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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140 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
92%
Core Modules

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.

The third year will focus on independent learning and the modules will enhance reflective professional practice, ethical conduct and critical judgement as you engage with development planning and specialist planning interventions. You will be able to apply your spatial planning skills to a client brief for a real-life site proposal during the Design & Community modules.
Overall workload
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271 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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929 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
83%
Core Modules

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.

In your final year, you will engage in decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, focusing on development planning, community engagement and environmental regulation. You will carry out a major research project which can follow the format of a 20,000 word dissertation or an advanced urban design project of equivalent depth.
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385 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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815 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
5%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
95%
Core Modules

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

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Optional overseas field trips are subsidised – the University will cover approximately 60% of the cost of the trip. Previous field trips have included Lille, Hamburg and Lithuania.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Year 2 International field trip
    (Year 2 trips form part of the International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module. You will need to pay around 35% of the total cost of the trip. The remaining 65% of the cost is met by the University)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Year 1 field trip to Lille
    (This trip is an optional part of the Sustainable Places module in year 1. You do not have to take part in this trip to pass the module, but it is strongly recommended. You will need to pay around 40% of the cost of the trip (not including subsistence. The remaining 60% of the cost is funded through the School))

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Optional overseas field trips are subsidised – the University will cover approximately 60% of the cost of the trip. Previous field trips have included Lille, Hamburg and Lithuania.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Year 2 International field trip
    (Year 2 trips form part of the International Field Trip module and are a compulsory requirement of passing the module. You will need to pay around 35% of the total cost of the trip. The remaining 65% of the cost is met by the University)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Year 1 field trip to Lille
    (This trip is an optional part of the Sustainable Places module in year 1. You do not have to take part in this trip to pass the module, but it is strongly recommended. You will need to pay around 40% of the cost of the trip (not including subsistence. The remaining 60% of the cost is funded through the School))

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

Location

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Northern Terrace, City Campus

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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