Guide to Studying Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design

What is Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design?

  • Town and country planning is the study which concerns land use. The goal is to ensure sustainable economic development and a better environment. Each country of the United Kingdom has its own planning system.
  • Landscape design is the practice of landscape designers, combining nature and culture. In contemporary practice landscape design bridges between landscape architecture and garden design.

Why study Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design?

  • 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.
  • Planners don't spend their whole lives at desks or in meetings. They go out into communities, ask questions, interact, understand, and get a feel for places and cultures. It's a degree for outdoorsy types.
  • Studying town planning will help you develop a critical, questioning approach, and you'll get a solid grounding in the way planning works.
  • Town planning has a solid rate of graduate employment within 6 months of graduation according to our league tables. An average starting salary of £20,000 isn't too shabby either.
  • An adaptable degree, town planning is easy to study either full or part time, as well as either a three year undergrad, or a condensed one year postgraduate course.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. These mostly include coursework, presentations, group work and workshops, exams, and in final year a research based dissertation. As with the majority of degrees, first year does not contribute to the overall degree score.

What degree can I get? 

  • BA Town Planning and Architecture
  • BA Country Planning and Social Policy
  • BA Planning and Geography
  • BA Spatial Economics and Development

What qualifications do I need?

  • Entry requirements to study this subject area vary from institution to institution and course to course.
  • Ensure you confirm with your chosen place of study what the requirements are.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Town & Country Planning courses and Landscape Design courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Town Planning, Country Planning and Landscape Design, as well as masters in Advanced Sustainable Urban Design, Architecture and Urbanism, and Building in Development.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Town Planning degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as skills instantly usable in a career path that is clearly defined, as well as good people skills.
  • Particular job areas, as well as a town planner or landscape gardener, include facilities management, conservation, housing officer, national and local government, transport planning, and the civil service.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Wartsila.