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.
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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.
*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.