Urban Planning

Urban planning is the study of land use. The goal is to ensure sustainable economic development and a better environment. You will consider physical form, social impact, economics priorities and the context of the landscape.
Study planning and you can literally make the world a better place. You'll use your creativity, empathy and analytical skills to create improved living environments for thousands of people drawing on the fields of sociology, politics, engineering and architecture.

Good to Know

This is a degree specialism that you might move into at Master's level after an undergraduate degree in a related area, but there are also a variety of undergraduate degrees within this discipline each placing the emphasis of studies on different areas of the field.

Universities Offering Degrees within

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Urban Planning

Campus
Institution Name
Country
Campus Style
Institution Size
Selectivity
Education Model
University of Birmingham
UK, UAE
Our campus is just outside of the city centre of Birmingham, 7 minutes from our train station.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
We are a Russell Group university which hosts outstanding teaching and learning on campus.
Boston University
USA
Residential campus in a city
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Subject focused, with a foundation in Liberal Arts. Students apply directly into their program of interest. They focus on their subject/major-specific courses beginning in their first semester, while also exploring other areas through Liberal Arts. Many students pursue more than one subject.
Bryn Mawr College
USA
Suburban Campus
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Central European University (CEU)
Austria
City Campus - The campus is easily accessible from across the city, with tram stops and metro stations nearby.
Small Institution <5000
Selective (25-50% admitted) All finalists are required to complete an academic interview with faculty.
Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Liberal Arts
University of Dundee
UK - Scotland
Island Campus in a City
Medium Institution 5000-15,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
The full spectrum as we have a broad range of courses across 10 academic schools.
University of Florida
USA
Our campus is a community of scholars and open to everyone.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Selective (25-50% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Researched Focused Institution, Teaching Focused Institution
The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Hong Kong
City Campus
Large Institution 15,000-30,000
Highly Selective (10-25% admitted)
Liberal Arts and Science (Major/minor Model), Integrated and Thematic degrees, Researched Focused Institution
Leiden University
The Netherlands
Leiden University is located in both Leiden and The Hague.
Very Large Institution >30,000
Somewhat Selective (50-75% admitted) Selectivity depends on the programme.
Leiden University offers a mix of focused, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary programmes.
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Common Degree/ Major Names

BA/BSc
Globalisation
BSc
Spatial Planning
BSc
Regeneration and Development
BA
Urban Design
BSc
Property Development and Planning
BA/MPlan
Town & Regional Planning
BSc
Quantity Surveying
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Useful Skills

Idea Visualisation
Empathy
ICT
Practical (working with your hands)
Analytical
Mathematical
Data Manipulation
Staying Motivated / Working Hard
Organisation
Design Mindset
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