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University of Manchester

Master of Planning

UCAS Code: K401

Master of Planning - MPlan

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Planning

Gain both academic and professional training in planning on this four-year enhanced undergraduate degree which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The curriculum for the first three years is the same as our BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning, during which you will consider the issues faced by professionals in dealing with the planning and management of all aspects of our built and natural environments.

The fourth year of study is at master's level and provides professional training in planning. An overseas field trip offers a unique opportunity for you to experience planning challenges in an international context. You will also take part in a client-based project where you will work in a small group on a real-life project, interpreting the brief, carrying out the investigations and reporting directly to an external client.

The MPLAN satisfies the spatial planning curricula for initial qualification with the RTPI and the RICS Planning and Development pathway.

Manchester is a great place to study planning; it was the world's first industrial city and is now a vibrant 21st century metropolis. It is a place of major urban change with plenty of scope to explore urban development pressures and environmental impact. In contrast, Manchester is surrounded by a wide variety of rural environments, including three spectacular national parks and varied environmental initiatives.

**Special Features**

- Our Urban and Regional Planning degree, plus a fourth year (master's level) of professional training in planning.

- Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

- Includes overseas fieldwork and a real-life, client-based project.

- Study abroad for a semester in Europe or further afield.

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Environment, Education and Development

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
low
Planning

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Planning (urban, rural and regional)

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Planning (urban, rural and regional)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
7%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject includes degrees in urban studies and housing as well as planning qualifications. Be a little careful when looking at the stats, as most jobs in planning, especially in town planning, go to Masters students in the subject — planning is a very popular Master's degree (and even then we don't actually have enough graduates to meet employer demand). So if you want a job in planning, expect to stay on at university after you have finished your first degree. First degree graduates in planning are more likely to start working in surveying than planning roles - although that is partly down to our serious shortage of surveyors. This all adds up to a subject that is in demand - but do keep a look out for work experience opportunities to make your good prospects even better.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£28k

£28k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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