Housing and Community Planning MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: A 2:1 degree in a related subject, such as Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geography, Economics, or Sociology. There are no pre-requisites and applications from other subjects are also encouraged
Town and Regional Planning MA

About us

School of Environmental Sciences

The thriving postgraduate community is central to the structure and strategy of the School of Environmental Sciences.

The School is located on the Liverpool University campus, close to the centre of the vibrant City of Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The city and the University have benefited from substantial investment in recent years, with further major investment planned for both the City’s waterfront and the University campus, where many millions are being spent on new and upgraded teaching facilities, new research facilities, and major on-campus halls of residence.

The School comprises around 70 academic staff, 50 support staff, 50 research staff, 800 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Overall, we aim to produce MSc graduates and post-graduate researchers with internationally-recognized expertise in their own field, who have an awareness of current environmental and academic research problems and are capable of applying their scientific and transferable skills to problems outside their field of training.

There are two Departments within the School:

Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences, which consists of:

  • Earth Sciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology

Department of Geography and Planning, which consists of:

  • Planning
  • Geography


The University of Liverpool is home to the world’s first Planning school, founded in 1909. Since then we have continued to innovate in our Planning research and teaching. We offer a range of programmes which offer the chance to understand and experience how cities and regions are planned in different parts of the world. Our programmes strengthen theoretical and practical knowledge, equip you with a range of transferable skills, and provide exceptional career opportunities.

Our programmes are professional accredited by bodies such as the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Environmental Assessment & Management, reflecting the strong professional focus of your learning. You will be taught by world-leading researchers who bring the latest theoretical and practical knowledge from a range of specialist areas, many of whom are actively engaged in professional societies and journal editorial boards, including the International Journal of Housing Policy and Town Planning Review. Based in the Department of Geography & Planning in the School of Environmental Sciences, you will be joining a thriving postgraduate community and an internationally renowned Planning School. Staff regularly conduct research for a number of UK and international organisations and funders and incorporate these international perspectives into their teaching. In 2019, the University of Liverpool hosted the UK & Ireland Planning Research conference, attracting delegates from planning schools across the world.

On the MA in Housing & Community Planning, you will take a number of modules that will equip you with theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and expertise, and will enable you to apply these to professional practice. You will be well supported by staff and through University resources to make the transition to postgraduate study. The programme will be taught in line with the Liverpool Hallmarks of Authentic Assessment, Research-Connected Teaching, and Active Learning, equipping you with the skills, confidence and ability to pursue exceptional career opportunities.

The Programme Director, Dr Tom Moore, would be happy to have informal discussions with anyone interested in this programme: Thomas.moore@liverpool.ac.uk.


Department address

Department of Geography and Planning

School of Environmental Sciences
University of Liverpool
Roxby Building
L69 7ZT

Telephone: Tel +44 (0)151 794 2874

Email: envsci@liverpool.ac.uk