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.
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You need the following GPA score:
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).
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.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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