Our programmes are broadly based, with a strong vocational focus with graduates entering a wide range of planning related careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Our graduates can be found working in all parts of the UK and across the world in what is becoming an increasingly globally orientated profession. Many can be found in senior positions in private practice, central and local government and academic institutions. 11 former Presidents of the Royal Town Planning Institute are also graduates of the Department.
Our RTPI and IEMA accredited programmes ensure that you are fully qualified to enter this dynamic profession on graduation.
- Consultancy: Atkins, Arup, Indigo; Savills
- Private Companies, housebuilding, wind farm and telecommunications companies
- Local Authority: Islington Borough Council, Lancashire County Council;
- Public bodies: Transport for London (TFL), Natural England, Environment Agency, National Parks Authorities;
- Consultancy: Atkins, Arup, Indigo;
- Non-governmental organisations: Liverpool Vision, Council for the Protection of Rural England, RSPB;
- Advocacy: Housing Associations, Social Enterprise; Economic Development
- Further postgraduate study: Masters and PhD
Career paths taken by our recent graduates:
- Planning and environmental consultants
- Strategic and Local Development Planning
- Development Management
- Housing Associations
- Transport planning
- Urban regeneration
- Economic development
- Environmental management
- Urban designers
- GIS and data science specialists
- Academic researchers
- Environmental Charities
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 internship or placements with planning agencies throughout their programmes. Department staff can aid this process using their extensive network of contacts and colleagues 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 in Liverpool City Region or in their home area. Some students choose to undertake their placement overseas for example in Denmark, Poland, and Hong Kong.
Qualifying you for life
Planning graduates leave The University of Liverpool with a broad range of skills. Throughout their time in the Department students are exposed to analytical and critical thinking informing their visual and communication skills which are vital to work successfully in the planning profession. These key skills include:
- An awareness and an appreciation of current professional practice in planning
- A depth of knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of the field of town and regional planning
- The acquisition and development of research, teamwork and other professional skills of relevance to planning practice
- The development of sound practice skills in the methods and techniques relevant to the specialist topic
- An awareness of the theoretical underpinnings of past and contemporary approaches to planning
- An understanding of the legal framework within which planning operates
- An understanding of the land development process and appraisal skills
- An awareness and appreciation of planning practice in other European countries
- The development of skills in analysis, synthesis, reasoned argument and communication
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. Civic Design 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 Civic Design 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.