Town Planning, Pg.Dip, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


At the centre of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialisation – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

Town Planning programmes are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. The courses from London South Bank University enhance student's employability in planning, property development and research roles in the public and private sectors. This is through focusing not only on the planning system but on broader themes that influence the economic, environmental and social contexts in which we live.


Town Planner as a career

Currently there is a national shortage of qualified town and environmental planners in the UK so the demand for our postgraduate courses is particularly high.

The natural career path for graduates is to work as a town planner – this can be for a local authority, as private consultants or for planning government agencies.


PgDip/MA Town Planning programmes are accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Planning history and theory
  • Sustainable places (with EU field study visit)
  • Planning in London
  • Planning practice project
  • Elective
Plus one specialist option from:
  • Urban design project (urban design specialism)
  • Urban regeneration strategies and projects (urban regeneration specialism)
  • Environment and resource management, or, Transport, society and planning (environment specialism)
Plus the Dissertation (MA only)
  • Part-time taught one day per week, with one or two modules being taught in each semester.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Entry requirements

All students must have 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division or above in a planning degree accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Applicants with other degrees are not eligible to study this course but could consider the MA Planning Policy and Practice.

The PgDip Town Planning is the final year of the Royal Town Planning Institute accredited undergraduate entry course, and therefore is only available to students who have already studied an accredited planning degree. Students from other universities may have to study a special programme of modules and transfers between universities are possible but will need to be agreed in advance.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8333 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8333 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4733 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4733 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time fees:
  • UK/EU fee: £3155.56
  • International fee: £5555.56

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


London South Bank University offers students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.
International Scholarships
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