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Planning and Environmental Management

Snowdonia, Barcelona and Toronto


All of our courses and programmes include fieldwork possibilities that offer a range of insights into the real worlds of planning, property development and environmental management.


In induction week, we run trips around the Manchester city region so that students can get to know each other and familiarise themselves with their new home from a planning, real estate, urban design and environmental management perspective.

Then individual course units include integral trips, from short walks out into the city centre to day trips to coastal dune systems or Port Sunlight, an early pioneer in urban planning. 

All undergraduates have the opportunity to go on a longer overseas trip in their second year, currently to Portugal – as shown in the video below.

Those undertaking a fourth year of undergraduate study have the opportunity to join our other taught master’s students - for instance, this year’s Master of Planning with Real Estate (MPRE) students can go to Berlin, while those specialising in urban design can join our trip to Vienna.

Postgraduate taught

Overseas fieldwork is optional for taught master’s students and the choices are guided by the courses that are being followed. In 2017-18, we’re planning trips to Berlin, Seattle and Vienna.

Day fieldwork is also arranged within individual course units. For instance, those studying Local Economic Development visit Liverpool. In recent years, students have - all in one day - visited:

  • Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ statues on Crosby Beach
  • the Albert Dock
  • a Community Land Trust helping to revive the fortunes of the Granby area.