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


The Housing and Community Planning MA provides students with a critical understanding of the contemporary challenges associated with housing and community planning, including their interaction with social, economic, environmental and political issues. Students will develop a range of practical and analytical skills and experience that will enable them to pursue careers related to housing, planning, and the built environment.

Programme Lead, Dr Tom Moore, explains more about the MA in this short video:

This programme, which has specialist accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute, is focused on developing high level student understanding and experience of housing and community planning practice, and its interaction with various societal challenges. The programme consists of core modules related to planning for housing and home and community planning techniques, in addition to learning that places this in the context of theoretical and practical spatial planning challenges.

The programme has a strong practical emphasis, including a field class and a major 30 credit professional practice module where learning and skills are applied to real-world work-based scenarios. This reflects the programme's commitment to the development of skills and experience that can strengthen graduate employability.

A variety of assessment approaches are used including oral and poster presentations, reports, essays and digital diaries. Teaching is provided in a range of environments and formats, including field classes, seminars, lectures, small group work, and work-based scenarios. Assessments are intended to support development of skills that will be transferable to future careers and practice, including digital fluency and report writing.

The programme is delivered by a team of internationally renowned experts in housing and community planning. Lecturers are actively involved in learned societies such as the Housing Studies Association, hold editorial roles within prestigious journals such as Town Planning Review and the International Journal of Housing Policy, and are based within the Department of Geography & Planning, home to the world's first planning school.


Why Planning?

World's first planning school

As the world's first planning school we have two main roles:

  • as a centre of excellence for innovative and influential research and scholarship; and
  • as a leading provider of high quality professional education.

Excellent academic staff

We have excellent academic staff who are actively engaged with research and professional practice. Staff are actively involved in learned societies and professional organisations such as the Housing Studies Association and Royal Town Planning Institute, and edit three international journals: Town Planning Review, International Journal of Housing Policy, and the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management.