HOW TO BECOME A TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNER
WHY CHOOSE TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING
Study Town & Country Planning and you’ll develop the necessary skills to improve living environments for so many people.
What’s Town & Country Planning?
Town & Country Planning is the study that concerns land use. The goal is to ensure sustainable economic development and a better environment. Each country of the UK has its own planning system.
What Town & Country Planning degrees can you study?
Undergraduate degrees in Town & Country Planning include:
- Human Geography & Planning BSc
- Planning & Real Estate BSc
- Urban Planning & Property Development BSc
What do you need to get onto a Town & Country Planning degree?
Entry requirements will depend on the university, ranging from 104–160 UCAS points for most undergraduate courses. Qualifications may include:
- A Levels: AAB–BCC
- BTECs: D*DD–MMM
- Scottish Highers: AABB–ABBB (with Advanced Highers: AAB–BB)
- International Baccalaureate: 36–28
Experience that would look good on your application:
- Shadowing or talking to a town planner about their day-to-day work, or contact a Planning Aid charity (England, Wales or Scotland)
- Work or volunteering experience where you work with a variety of people, to evidence your interpersonal and team working skills
- Research into the role and what it entails, e.g. on the website of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) or online magazine, Planning Resource
What topics does a Town & Country Planning degree cover?
Typical modules for courses in this subject include:
- Introducing planning systems
- Making cities: the production of the built environment
- Real estate development
- Sustainable urban futures
- People and planning
- Infrastructure design and implementation project
- Human geography and the city
- Design skills and urban data analytics
- Design and place making
How will you be assessed?
Courses are assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the module:
- Design-based projects
- Portfolio work
- Skills-based practical work
- Team projects
- A dissertation may be a final year option
Why study Town & Country Planning?
Town & Country Planning degrees will develop your skills for tackling complex problems in urban landscapes, collaborative working, and people skills. For example:
- Computer modelling and visualisation techniques such as rapid prototyping and 3D design
- Design creativity
- Professional practice skills
- Analysis and critical thinking
- Data collection
- Document production
- Graphic skills
- Negotiation and mediation
- Preparing and writing professional reports
- Project management
- Team working and leadership
- Written and oral presentation skills
- Degrees that include Town Planning may be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) towards graining professional membership; further training will be required
What do Town & Country Planning graduates earn?
Town & Country Planning graduates can expect an entry-level salary of around £21,000–£25,000.
Town planners, by mid-career you could expect an average income of £39,000, while directors could earn up to £65,000.
If you specialise and become a BIM manager (building information modelling software), your income could be £40,000–£55,000.
What jobs can you get as a Town & Country Planning graduate?
A degree in Town & Country Planning is highly vocational, and could lead to the following jobs:
- BIM specialist
- Chartered architectural technologist
- Environmental consultant
- Facilities manager
- Housing officer
- Planning officer
- Project manager
- Sustainability adviser
- Transport planner
What are the postgraduate opportunities?
Examples of taught master’s and research degrees at postgraduate level include:
- Architecture and Historic Urban Environments MA
- Cities MPhil/PhD
- Sustainable Urban Development MSc/DPhil
- Urban Analytics and Visualisation (MSc)
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Students of Town & Country Planning learn how to plan sustainable structures.