Cardiff University Urban Planning

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Cardiff University Urban Planning

BSc Urban Planning and Development is an exciting course that focuses on why places – such as cities, towns, and the countryside – change and how they can be improved through planning.

The course focuses on the social, economic and environmental challenges of creating better places in which to live. It is particularly suitable for those interested in the interaction between people and the built and natural environment.

This professionally-accredited degree provides the essential foundations for a career in planning and development. We offer two routes through the course. You can complete the degree in three years or choose to study the degree as a four-year course with a salaried placement year. You can switch flexibly between these pathways through the course, subject to approval, so you only need to submit one application.

The BSc Urban Planning and Development is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provides all of the educational requirements needed for membership.  It is also recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a spatial planning degree.

Students graduating from the BSc Urban Planning and Development can pursue one of our specialist Master’s degrees to complete the RTPI’s educational requirements for membership.

The course includes a wide range of learning opportunities, from workshops and seminars through to practical projects and field visits.  Field study visits are a key aspect of the course.  Previous destinations include Copenhagen, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Tanzania. Note that some field study visits involve additional costs to students.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • the opportunity to study in a School consistently highly rated for its research excellence
  • the involvement of internationally reputed research staff who are active in both scholarly and practitioner/policy networks
  • close links with policy  institutions in the UK, Europe and globally
  • access to a computing laboratory with high-quality printing facilities, GIS (Geographic Information System) and Edina digimap mapping facilities
  • excellent library and access to online journals and databases
  • local, European, and global destination field study visits to explore issues in real world case studies and deploy skills acquired through the degree into practice
  • the facility to undertake assessments in the Welsh language if preferred.

I have always had an interest in Planning and the course at Cardiff allowed me to further my interests as well as gaining the benefits of Cardiff as a great capital city!

Sophie Williams, former planning student

Key facts

UCAS Code K490
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Typical places available The School typically has 180 places available.
Typical applications received The School typically receives 850 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Geography & Planning admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAA-ABB, no set combination of subjects.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer Pass Advanced Diploma with A in the core, plus AA-BB at A-level, no set combination of subjects.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 36-34 points to include a minimum of 666 at Higher Level, no set combination of subjects.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.