This degree gives students a full understanding of the main environmental challenges of the 21st century and provides our students with the skills base to help address them.
Students gain a rounded understanding of the factors and forces that are shaping the environment and the role that planning can play in reconciling conflicting interests. Attention is focused on approaches to the protection and enhancement of natural and built environments in a rapidly changing world. An interdisciplinary approach to study provides learning opportunities that draw upon the expertise of academics in planning as well as academics in geography, sociology and architecture. This programme provides accreditation from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Programme in detail
The first two years of study introduce students to the nature and extent of planning issues and the circumstances in which they arise, and provide a broad understanding of how planning powers, agencies and policies are contributing to efforts to overcome contemporary planning problems. Students are encouraged to acquire and enhance their oral, written and visual communication skills and engage in group-based problem solving and practical work – gaining skills that are readily transferable to the workplace. Residential field classes are an integral part of modules in both Years One and Two.
In Year Two students begin to develop their specialism in environmental planning, being introduced to the interactions of environmental policy and practice, and the management of environmental issues.
In Year Three students take four modules relating to their specialism ‘Spatial Planning and Environmental Change’. This specialism can be further developed by selecting relevant optional modules and/or completing a dissertation on a related topic.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
52 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
Ranked 17th in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017
90%+ are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16)
National Student Survey
93% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2016)
The MPlan programme is professionally accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The department also has close links with the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) and the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).
Why this subject?
Set the foundations for your career in our world-leading Planning School
We are internationally recognised as a Centre of Excellence and innovation in planning education. All of our programmes benefit from the expertise of our academic staff who are leading global discussions in spatial planning, planning economics, marine planning, and environmental assessment and management. This means you will benefit from research-led teaching, bringing the latest planning theory and practice into the classroom. Within the Department we also edit two respected peer reviewed academic journals (Town Planning Review and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal) and host the Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Cities and the Environmental Assessment and Management Centre. All of this means you can be confident that your learning is at the forefront of the discipline.
Take inspiration from planning in practice in our dynamic city location
Liverpool City Region offers excellent opportunities to study Planning in practice and the application of cutting-edge practices in tackling the challenges of urban regeneration and environmental management. Developments like Liverpool Waters, the regeneration of Anfield and the Atlantic Gateway scheme make Liverpool an ideal place to study Planning.
Broaden your understanding through our interdisciplinary links
All our programmes are interdisciplinary and draw upon strong teaching and research links with geography, sociology and environmental science. These links will help you to see planning in context and gain important transferable skills. Our dual honours BA Geography and Planning programme also enables you to combine these two disciplines in one degree.
Take advantage of our excellent employer links
Through our accredited programmes we have strong links with professional bodies. Our MPlan programme is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and we also offer accreditation through the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). We also work with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and have close working relationships with Local Planning Authorities, planning consultancies, developers and a wide range of other organisations throughout the North West, nationally and internationally. These links ensure that we tailor our programmes to the needs of the profession, but also that our students are able to develop their employability and build relationships that will be extremely valuable in their future careers.
Explore planning practice around the world and in the UK
At Liverpool you will benefit from an internationally focused curriculum that brings together theory and practice from around the world, including Europe, North America, India and China. You will also meet practitioners and undertake real life place-based projects in each year of study, many of which are client-led and are used to inform future development within the region. Field classes are also an integral part of each year and enable you to gain first-hand experience of planning issues and policies in the UK and internationally.