Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Cities are increasingly dynamic, complex and global in their impact. This course will help you build a career where you take an active role in shaping our cities more sustainably as they grow and adapt.

This course represents the first step in becoming an urban designer and city planner, ready to work in an international and interdisciplinary context. We aim to train professionals who have skills in urban planning and design, who understand the forces that shape towns and cities – and the challenges of climate change – and who can make a valuable contribution to sustainable development. In 2019, the course joined the 'Planners for Climate Action' Initiative of UN-HABITAT.

Throughout the course, there will be a focus on using London as a learning environment, working with local community organisations and practices to explore solutions for urban regeneration and development. In the second year, we organise a field trip to discover fast-growing cities of the Global South. 

You'll graduate with a desirable skillset, equipped to take advantage of the high demand for professional planners with a good understanding of design issues, both in the UK and internationally.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Broad industry links – We've forged links with a variety of industry players, including some of the most important urban design firms in London, so you'll enjoy tutorials, crits, guest lectures and more from a range of industry professionals. 
  • Helping you become a chartered town planner – Our course meets the requirements of the internationally recognised Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), allowing you to take the first step to certification as a chartered town planner.
  • Fantastic location – Our central London location means that one of the world's richest architectural heritages is on your doorstep. 

Course structure

The assessments on this multi-disciplinary course include written and graphic work, with a creative element. The course is therefore particularly suitable for creative students who also have ability in written work.

A variety of methods will be used to deliver the course, including lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips and studio-based tutorials.

Approximately 50% of the course is project work, and all assessment of core modules involves coursework – there are no exams on core modules. This takes a variety of forms including essays, reports, case studies, presentations, sketch books, portfolios, individual and group projects.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course

Subjects of study include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Designing Cities
  • Construction and Environmental Design
  • History of Architectural and Urban Form
  • Skills for Planning and Architecture: analysis and visual communication
  • Project: Planning for Integrated Neighbourhoods

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Strategic Spatial Planning
  • Development Process and Property Markets
  • Project: Townscape and Conservation
  • Project: Regeneration and Development (with international field trip)

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Work Experience and Professional Practice
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Research Report
  • Project: Planning Policy and Design Intervention

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as meeting their requirements for the spatial planning element of initial planning education.

Graduates of the course would need to obtain a further qualification to meet the RTPI requirements for the specialist element of initial planning education (eg Urban Design MA or Transport Planning and Management MSc).

For further details of how to become a chartered town planner visit the Royal Town Planning Institute website.

Studying with us

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our students are successful in finding employment in urban design and city planning in the UK and across the world. Many students go on to postgraduate studies.

Career development is embedded in the course. Students work part-time, on placements and enjoy work-related learning across all three years of study.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Learn from practising professionals

Guest lectures, crits and tutorials by visiting professionals help you grow and prepare for employment.

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Stand out from the crowd

Professional planners with an appreciation for design issues are in high demand – and you'll be well placed to take advantage of this.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links 

We've built up connections with a range of industry players, including some of the most important urban design and architecture firms in London, and top engineering companies and consultancy services in the built and natural environments, such as:

  • AECOM
  • Arup
  • Farrells 
  • Gillespies
  • HTA Design LLP
  • Turley
  • WSB

Practising professionals visit our course to deliver guest lectures as well as contributing to crits, tutorials, and more.

Internships

As part of the course you'll complete a two-week placement in practice.

In the final year, the Work Experience and Professional Practice module will provide you with an overview of different types of practice and help you prepare for employment.

Job roles

Urban designers and city planners are involved in many types of jobs that seek to address sustainable community changes.

Traditional professional areas include: urban design, land use planning, local economic development, landscape and environmental design, climate resiliency, transport and mobility, community participation, housing and property development, and social planning.

Practitioners in the field are involved in:

  • climate adaptation 
  • delivering urban development and regeneration projects
  • developing planning policies
  • landscape urbanism
  • master planning
  • strategic planning
  • urban conservation
  • urban design

Increasingly, practitioners are engaged in collaborative works, often with people from other disciplines such as architecture, public health, energy development and so on.

Graduate employers

Urban designers and planners find jobs in the private sector (consultancy companies, self-employment), NGOs and international organisations, as well as the public sector (local councils, government). 

You can read more about careers and employment on the Royal Town Planning Institute website and about planning on the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning website.

What employers say about this course

"This course provides the base for students to work within the built environment and develop a wider appreciation of urban planning and architectural design in an international context."

Katy Neaves, Executive Chair of the Urban Design Group and Head of Visual Impact Assessment at Turley

“This course offers students the opportunity to develop into highly employable, well-rounded, multi-skilled professionals who will be well equipped to take forward the future of our cities and support the delivery of growth.”

Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration for Birmingham City Council

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Accredited by the RTPI

This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute, helping you take the first step to certification as a chartered town planner.

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Shape our future cities

We'll equip you with the skills to launch your career and take an active role in sustainable development.

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Fantastic location

London's rich and inspiring architectural heritage will be right on your doorstep.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • 3 GCSEs grade 4/C to include English Language, Maths and 1 other 

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

Applicants who meet these requirements and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply. You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces. You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

Applicants who meet these requirements and are currently studying an Art and Design Foundation are also encouraged to apply. You should prepare a portfolio of your own work which illustrates your skills, talents and interests through a variety of media and forms; it may include sketches, drawings, collages, modelling and 3D work. The portfolio should evidence your creative process as well as the final outcome, so please include developmental work as well as final pieces. You may be asked to attend an interview and present your portfolio, or submit work online.

More information

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Facilities

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Designing Cities blog

Get a taste of student life on our course by reading our Designing Cities blog.

 

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Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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3
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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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