MA Housing and Community Planning


The Housing and Community Planning MA provides students with a critical understanding of the contemporary challenges associated with housing and community planning, including their interaction with social, economic, environmental and political issues. Students will develop a range of practical and analytical skills and experience that will enable them to pursue careers related to housing, planning, and the built environment.

This programme, which has specialist accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute, is focused on developing high level student understanding and experience of housing and community planning practice, and its interaction with various societal challenges. The programme consists of core modules related to planning for housing and home and community planning techniques, in addition to learning that places this in the context of theoretical and practical spatial planning challenges.

The programme has a strong practical emphasis, including a field class and a major 30 credit professional practice module where learning and skills are applied to real-world work-based scenarios. This reflects the programme's commitment to the development of skills and experience that can strengthen graduate employability.A variety of assessment approaches are used including oral and poster presentations, reports, essays and digital diaries. Teaching is provided in a range of environments and formats, including field classes, seminars, lectures, small group work, and work-based scenarios. Assessments are intended to support development of skills that will be transferable to future careers and practice, including digital fluency and report writing.
The programme is delivered by a team of internationally renowned experts in housing and community planning. Lecturers are actively involved in learned societies such as the Housing Studies Association, hold editorial roles within prestigious journals such as Town Planning Review and the International Journal of Housing Policy, and are based within the Department of Geography & Planning, home to the world's first planning school.

Career prospects

Students completing the programme, which has specialist accreditation from the Royal Town Planning Institute, will take up jobs in a wide range of fields. We anticipate that many will take up jobs related to the core specialisms - housing and community planning - which may involve working in public, private and third sector organisations, including local authorities, consultancies, charities, and housing associations. In addition to specialist knowledge, the programme will give students a broad understanding of planning practice in the UK and internationally which will enable them to take up careers in areas of planning practice external to the core specialisms. The programme will equip students with a broad range of skills transferable to other occupations and to careers both in the UK and internationally, including written and verbal communication, digital fluency, and research. .

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  • Spatial Planning Challenges
  • Theory, Power and Ethics
  • Planning for Housing and Home
  • People and Planning
  • Spatial Planning in Action
  • Dissertation Mcd/ma/msc Planning
  • Housing and Community Planning Professional Experience
  • £21,400 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time