Undergraduate study

Urban Planning at Loughborough University

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About the course

Planning underpins the entire world around us. The action and inaction of planners has shaped our cities, natural environments and lives. However, as we look to the future, we are confronted with profound challenges: the climate crisis, over-development, inequality and economic change to name but a few. We also sit on the cusp of a digital and data led revolution, which will give us new insight, tools and approaches to the planning of our urban environments.

This new course has been designed with the planning community to develop a completely new approach to urban planning education and the increasingly important digital planning skills necessary to tackle and help solve future challenges. The course will allow you to benefit from a truly unique interdisciplinary experience that mimics your future career.

High quality learning experience

Underpinning the development of this new course is a philosophy of interdisciplinary learning. Planning practitioners work with a wide-variety of other built environment professionals. With the course being homed in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering this offers the unique opportunity to learn alongside other related disciplines mimicking many aspects of your future career. The majority of modules span the entire academic year allowing you to tackle large-scale real-world urban planning challenges.

Students looking at model of town

The course includes a wide variety of field trips, such as a week-long residential stay at our Loughborough University London campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. And, for those students on the MPlan programme, a European field trip is included which relates to a large planning project you will undertake in the final year.

Professional accreditation – RTPI

The course has been designed with leading planning professionals and practitioners. In due course, we shall be seeking accreditation of both the BSc and MPlan by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

We have started a process of capacity building with the RTPI now to ensure that the course is accredited as soon as practicably possible. We have already developed wide-spread support amongst local planning authorities, developers, consultancies and practitioners. As a school and institution, we take the process of course accreditation very seriously and have a vast wealth of experience with numerous professional bodies.

Key course features

We have developed several key features that we feel collectively sets our course apart from others and creates a unique flavour of urban planning education.

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