Urban Planning at Loughborough University - UCAS

Course summary

A degree in Urban Planning offers a unique opportunity to help shape the world around us. Our cities and built environments face huge future challenges. Cities around the world are threatened by climate change, rising sea levels, population growth and economic change. We need to change how our cities are planned and developed to tackle these economic, social and environmental challenges. Our Urban Planning course draws on our diverse expertise, providing you with the skills required to help you shape our future and solve the big issues our society faces. This course has been specifically developed with leading planning practitioners to equip you with the latest skills and knowledge needed for a future in Urban Planning. A key feature of our course is the focus on developing your digital and data skills needed for planning smart cities, which are highly attractive to graduate employers. These new digital and data skills will provide us with new ways to understand, plan and adapt our cities. The course incorporates practical and hands-on experiences, such as live case studies, in many aspects of urban planning and design, helping you link theory to practice. It examines ways in which our cities and urban environments have historically developed and been designed, whilst challenging you to propose visions of the future in order to make our cities healthier, more vibrant, sustainable and safer. You will focus on the role and potential of the planning profession to manage technological change in cities and exploit the potential of smart cities to enhance our urban environments. Urban Planning is a multidisciplinary subject. You will benefit from studying in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, providing an integrated and holistic approach. As such, you will gain invaluable practical experience of working in interdisciplinary teams with Architecture, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying, and Construction Engineering Management students, giving you a unique insight into the role of planners in development projects, thereby simulating your potential future career. In addition, the course draws from the expertise of leading academics from across the School and University, particularly Geography and Environment. Throughout the Urban Planning course, our students normally undertake several field trips each year. Field trips are an exciting and invaluable learning experience as they provide unique insight and opportunity to explore planning in the real world. All field trips, which are incorporated within modules, are included within your tuition fee. What's the difference between MPlan and BSc? BSc and MPlan students study the same course for the first three years of the programme and transfer is possible between the two degrees. Students on the Urban Planning BSc (Hons) degree may transfer to the MPlan course at the end of Year 2 subject to satisfactory performance. Our BSc in Urban Planning will enable you to develop a broad understanding of the main principles of spatial planning and placemaking and forms the foundation for a successful career in planning. Our MPlan in Urban Planning gives you the opportunity to undertake a combined planning course. In addition to the principles of spatial planning and placemaking, it is designed to enable you in your final year to explore ideas, perspectives and debates in a specialist area of planning. The final year includes a significant integrated planning project and specialist areas of study may include transport planning, infrastructure planning or advanced analysis for smart cities.


For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Students are assessed through a combination of individual and group work, such as reports, presentations, examinations, and design-based project work. Approximately 75% of assessment will be by coursework with 25% by examination.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/entrance-requirements/ This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course. Loughborough also accepts a wide range of international qualifications for entry as outlined on our website www.lboro.ac.uk/international/applicants/country/ Loughborough uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers outlined in the information given for each course. www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/getting-started/applying/contextual-data/

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English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £24000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £24000 Year 1

Additional fee information

While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.
Urban Planning at Loughborough University - UCAS