What students say about planning
I study geography and planning. Not many hours a week - approx eight to 10 in the first semester, and 10-16 in the second. Enjoy the majority of my modules. Assessed work is mainly exams for geography modules, and essays/ reports for town planning modules.1st year, Newcastle University
The work involved is tough in some modules, but is easy in others - it can vary. All of them are interesting, and you are able to see how the information being taught would apply in the real world. You do not spend much time at the university, but this gives students a chance to work and do studying at home.1st year, University of Westminster, London
There is ample amount of lectures. The work is challenging, but interesting and mostly relevant. Maps, essays and reports are what we are set to do.1st year, Canterbury Christ Church University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Architects, town planners and surveyors
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Estates manager
- Chartered town planner
- General practice surveyor
Other real-life job examples
- Housing officer
- Loss adjuster
- Land agent
What employers like about this subject
A student of planning can expect to gain subject-specific skills including the planning and management of built and natural environments; planning law and how to use specialist software including Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Planning graduates can be found largely in related industries, such as property development, architecture, construction, building and engineering consultancy, but their mix of skills means they are recruited by other industries, including banking, defence and manufacturing. Planning students need to take a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited degree in order to become a chartered town planner.