Environment and Planning BA (Hons)

Key information


Career prospects

Our Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited programmes ensure that you are fully qualified to enter this dynamic profession on graduation.

Our programmes are varied, interdisciplinary, and have a strong vocational focus, meaning that Liverpool planning graduates enter a wide range of planning related careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

We have graduates who are working in the UK and across the world in what is becoming an increasingly global profession. Many of our graduates have senior positions in private practice, central and local government, and academic institutions, and 11 former Presidents of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) were graduates from the Department.

We take the employability of our graduates seriously and have taken care to build into our degree programmes the development of transferrable skills as well as making sure our graduates develop the necessary professional skills to begin their careers.

Recent employers

  • Consultancy: Atkins, Arup, Indigo, Savills
  • Local Authority: Islington Borough Council, Lancashire County Council
  • Public bodies: Transport for London (TFL), Natural England, Environment Agency, National Parks Authorities
  • Non-governmental organisations: Liverpool Vision, Council for the Protection of Rural England, RSPB
  • Advocacy: Housing associations, social
    enterprise, economic development.

Career paths taken by our recent graduates:

  • Planning and environmental consultants
  • Strategic and local development planning
  • Development management
  • Transport planning
  • Urban regeneration
  • Economic development
  • Environmental management
  • Urban designers
  • GIS and data science specialists
  • Academic researchers
  • Social housing.

Work experience opportunities

Throughout our undergraduate programmes students are provided with opportunities to engage and learn from practitioners. We make use of local and international expertise to lead project work and field trips in order to aid their career decision-making.

Students are also encouraged to undertake internships or placements with planning agencies throughout their programmes. Staff can help this process using their extensive network of contacts in practice.

The MPlan programme includes an assessed work placement as part of the fourth year of study. Here students obtain a minimum of three week’s work experience with a planning related agency. Some students have undertaken their placement in Merseyside, elsewhere in the UK or overseas, for example in Denmark, Poland, and Hong Kong.

Postgraduate opportunities

If you wish to continue your education beyond your undergraduate degree we also offer a range of postgraduate degrees, including our RTPI accredited Master of Civic Design. We also offer a series of specialist postgraduate programmes including: MSc Marine Planning and Management (RTPI accredited), MSc Environmental Assessment and Management (IEMA accredited), and MA Town and Regional Planning. Many of our postgraduate programmes can also be preparation for further PhD study.

Qualifying you for life

Planning graduates leave the University of Liverpool with a broad range of skills. Throughout their time in the Department our students develop analytical and critical thinking and excellent communication skills which are vital to working successfully in the planning profession.

We aim to develop a range of key skills in our graduates, including:

  • An awareness and appreciation of the current planning profession
  • A depth of knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of the field of town and regional planning
  • The development of sound practice skills in the methods and techniques of planning
  • An understanding of the legal framework within which planning operates
  • An awareness and appreciation of planning practice in other European countries
  • The development of skills in analysis, synthesis, reasoned argument and communication Knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of planning
  • The development of research, teamwork and other professional skills of relevance to planning practice.

Gary Lynch
Town and Regional Planning MPlan

Graduate Urban Planner
Taylor Young Ltd

Having a good degree was beneficial when searching for employment, but what was particularly important was what I had to offer potential employers that no other graduate could give. Planning at Liverpool gave me this edge, with a comprehensive course that ensured I would stand out from the crowd, confident in all of the areas that the profession demands. My time at the University of Liverpool was not only enjoyable but, most importantly, extremely worthwhile. It provided me with the skills necessary to successfully take the first steps of my planning career. University for me was more than simply an academic experience. My main purpose was to obtain a degree and go on to acquire a job that I enjoyed and that paid well.