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MA International Planning and Sustainable Development

University of Westminster

Course Description

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, 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, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

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.

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.

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, 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, regions and communities in a...

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Course Content

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Other modules with course-related learning outcomes may be taken subject to timetabling constraints and the agreement of the Course and Module Leaders.

Core modules – both pathways

  • Dissertation or major project
  • International spatial planning practice
  • Planning in a globalising world
  • Research methods and the built environment
  • Skills for planning practice
  • Sustainable cities and neighbourhoods
  • Sustainable neighbourhood development and management

Core module for Spatial Planning Pathway

  • Urban design and planning skills

Core module for Urban Resilience Pathway

  • Planning for urban risk and resilience

Optional modules

  • Environmental policy, assessment and climate change
  • Housing and regeneration
  • Public realm: significance, design, experience

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Other modules with course-related learning outcomes may be taken subject to timetabling constraints and the agreement of the Course and Module Leaders. Core modules – both pathways Dissertation or major project International spatial planning...

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) 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).Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing. Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2) 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).Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject and relevant practical...

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