Urban Planning BA (Hons) 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: 3 years
  • UCAS code: K430
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : BBB / IB : 31 / BTEC : DDD
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Students gain a rounded understanding of the factors and forces that are shaping urban areas and the role that planning can play in reconciling conflicting interests.

Attention is focused on approaches adapted to the regeneration of urban areas. 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.

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 urban regeneration through modules which introduce how cities develop and function, and how regeneration can be tackled.

In their final year students take four modules relating to their specialism ‘Transforming Cities and Regions’. This specialism can be further developed by selecting relevant optional modules and/or completing a dissertation on a related topic.

Study opportunities in London

Urban Planning students have the exciting opportunity to spend part of their programme studying at our campus in London.

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

322 Geography and Planning Year One undergraduates in 2017

Graduate prospects

90%+ are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16)

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

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. All our programmes are interdisciplinary to maximise research links with 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 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

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.

Study opportunities in London

Urban Planning students have the exciting opportunity to spend part of their programme studying at our campus in London. Environment and Planning BA students and  Geography and Planning BA students who transfer onto Urban Planning also have the opportunity to spend part of their programme studying at our campus in London.  See www.liverpool.ac.uk/design-year-in-london for details.