Town and Regional Planning MPlan Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China
  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: K400
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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The Town and Regional Planning MPlan programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a professional career in urban, regional and environmental planning in the UK or abroad.

The programme enables students to complete the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) recognised requirement.

In addition to the studies in common with the other planning programmes offered, MPlan students develop their own interests further through the choice of a specialism, gain a valuable understanding of professional planning practice in the UK and internationally, and complete a dissertation.

Programme in detail

The first two years of the MPlan are similar to the Environment and Planning (K4L7), Urban Regeneration and Planning (K430) BA (Hons) programmes. In Year Three MPlan students develop their specialism in either ‘spatial planning and environmental change’ or ‘transforming cities and regions’. The final year of the MPlan focuses on further developing students’ knowledge and skills in professional planning practice and translating their knowledge to the work place.

In Year Three, in common with the BA students, MPlan students must choose at least four modules relating to either ‘spatial planning and environmental change’ or ‘transforming cities and regions’. However, MPlan students are also required to pursue additional professionally oriented core modules: planning law and governance, planning and property development and international planning studies. The latter includes an overseas field class, typically to a city or region in France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany.

Year Four focuses on contemporary professional planning practice, and includes: a major project in the module spatial planning in action; coverage of planning theory and ethical questions in planning practice in the module theory, power and ethics; a work placement that can be undertaken in the summer vacation between Years Three and Four; and a final dissertation investigating a planning topic of your choice.

Fieldwork opportunities

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

Graduate prospects

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)

External endorsements

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.