Our Geography and Planning BA programme draws equally from both disciplines, with some flexibility to enable the inclusion of optional sociology modules, offering an interdisciplinary and varied degree programme.
The programme provides you with knowledge of the challenges facing modern society, the means to interpret diverse phenomena and an understanding of the conceptual and philosophical arguments surrounding human interactions with the environment. Students are supported 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 available in each year of study.
This programme is designed as part of a suite of strongly related programmes, and core modules in Years One and Two are shared with the planning programmes and BA Geography. This enables students to transfer between programmes in the first two years should their interests or career aspirations change.
Programme in detail
The first year of study introduces you to the foundations of both geography and planning, covering a number of key issues in geography including climate change, globalisation, and sustainability and the fundamental features of the UK planning system, and an awareness of the broad social, economic and environmental context in which contemporary planning issues arise. You will be supported to acquire and enhance your 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. A residential field class early in the first semester enables you to begin applying your learning to a real life setting straight away.
In Year Two, principles, theory and skill levels are central components of our teaching to enable you to develop and engage deeply with module material. For example, you will gain further understanding of geographic theory, social statistics, strategic planning and place making.
You will also have a choice of field classes in various locations in the UK. You also continue to develop critical thinking and communication skills to enable you to analyse material and communicate ideas effectively. Project work also enables you to develop an awareness of the methodological and spatial design issues that arise in the development of planning schemes.
Year Three offers you flexibility and choice to tailor your degree to your interests and developing expertise in both geography and planning. You are able to select modules that challenge you, enable you to explore areas of specialist knowledge and develop previous learning, as well as continue to develop your analytical, communication and research skills. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice and you have multiple field class options to choose from.
Students studying on our BA Geography and Planning programme can gain professional accreditation through the Institute of Environmental Assessment & Management.
This is dependent on student module choice and would require you to select modules ENVS329 Environmental assessment of policies, plans, programmes and projects and ENVS360 Environmental planning and management project in your final year of study.
From your first week to your final year, field classes are an integral part of your learning. Destinations include Santa Cruz (California), Toronto, Barcelona, Iceland, Lorca (Spain), Portugal and, closer to home, cities such as Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, as well as the Lake District and mid-Wales. There is also the opportunity to undertake final year dissertation fieldwork abroad.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and fieldwork. The fieldwork is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities 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
240 Geography and Planning Year One undergraduates in 2018
95% of Geography and Planning graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
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
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
The 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. All our programmes are interdisciplinary to maximise research links with the departments of Geography, Sociology and Environmental Science.
Take advantage of our excellent employer links
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, and you are able to develop your employability and build relationships that will be extremely valuable in your future career.
Explore planning practice around the world and in the UK
Our internationally focused curriculum brings together theory and practice from around the world. 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.
A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.