Loader
Course Image

MCD Master of Civic Design (RTPI accredited for entry to planning profession)

University of Liverpool

Send an Enquiry

Course Description

Town and regional planning is concerned with managing the built and natural environment to meet the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Planning is a challenging profession that calls for a wide knowledge base and a range of transferable skills. The Master of Civic Design enables students from a wide range of degree backgrounds to embark on a career of professional practice in town planning and related fields. This longstanding and well-recognised degree is now offered as a one-year full-time two-years part-time 'intensive' programme with full accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute. The programme has one core aim: To offer a programme of study that enables students to embark on a career of professional practice and meets the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute More specifically, the objectives of the programme are to provide students with: a critical appreciation of challenges facing modern society in terms of the need to reconcile economic growth and development with protecting and conserving the environment. an understanding of the diversity of planned interventions at a variety of spatial scales, which are designed to produce effective and implementable solutions to policy dilemmas. a range of analytical skills and techniques that are designed to develop appropriate and implementable solutions to a range of complex problems. the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to the achievement of feasible solutions to real-life problems. an ability to appreciate the need to adopt strong professional values and ethics, recognising the diversity of interests that planning serves. the opportunity to begin to explore ideas, perspectives and debates in one specialised area of planning. The course covers essential aspects of town and regional planning. It provides an appreciation of WHAT social, economic and environmental challenges planners face, examines HOW these challenges can be addressed through the use of planning tools and methods, and, finally considers how this understanding can be APPLIED in particular planning contexts. At the postgraduate level specialised study specialised study is a theme that runs throughout the programme with a focus on Plan Making. Modules such as Planning Methodology, Trends Outcomes and Impacts are applied in practice through Spatial Planning in Action, a double module based around a client project involving a plan making exercise. In addition to developing an understanding of core planning material, students are required to develop an area of specialised study. For the MCd the focus is upon plan making. Modules such as Plan Making and Trends Outcomes and Impacts are applied in practice through Spatial Planning in Action, a double module based around a client project involving a plan making exercise. Core Modules Spatial Planning Challenges Theory Power and Ethics making Places Making Plans Implementing and Managing Change Trends Outcomes and Impacts Spatial Planning in Action Dissertation The MCD consists of varied combinations of lectures and seminars with associated individual coursework and group projects, including plan-making exercises. A field visit to another European country (part of Spatial Planning in Action) enables to students to explore the way that cultural, historical, political and institutional forces shape planning responses. Teaching and Assessment Methods The course adopts a combination of teaching and assessment methods. Teaching combines classroom methods, such as lectures and seminars, with practical sessions, such as project work and field visits. Students are assessed by a combination of coursework, such as essays, reports, seminar presentations, and examinations. Some modules are assessed entirely by coursework.

Town and regional planning is concerned with managing the built and natural environment to meet the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Planning is a challenging profession that calls for a wide knowledge base and a range of transferable skills. The Master of Civic Design enables students from a wide range of degree backgrounds to embark on a career of professional practice...

Read More

Related Courses