Why study here?
We enjoy an excellent reputation with employers and our graduates work in a wide range of organisations across the world.
Manchester was the world’s first industrial city and is now a vibrant, growing cosmopolitan place to live, study and work.
We are surrounded by a wide range of attractive countryside, from the Lancashire coast to the Peak District National Park.
We are one of the UK's largest planning departments, offering a very wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
These are all regularly updated to ensure they meet the needs of today’s students and their potential employers, while drawing on the world-leading research that takes place in our department.
Our courses cover a range of specialisms, with our graduates in strong demand from employers, both locally and internationally. Our specialisms include:
- environmental assessment and management
- real estate
- urban and regional planning
- urban design
- urban regeneration.
Most of our degrees are accredited by professional bodies, including the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This will add significant weight to your CV when you finish your studies.
Throughout your time with us, you'll have access to facilities and equipment designed to give you the latest knowledge and practical skills in your specialist field. You will benefit from our modelmaking workshop, bespoke project studio complete with drawing facilities, and computer suites with specialist design and spatial analysis software. In addition, we offer students the opportunity to integrate work experience into their degree, from work placements with employers to undertaking client-based study.
Students also have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork during their course, both locally and overseas.
Overseas fieldwork is integral to our undergraduate courses - currently, all students visit Portugal, while those staying for a fourth year can also attend a second overseas trip. Undergraduate students are supported if they wish to pursue an overseas study placement. Our taught master's courses also include optional fieldwork. In recent years we have visited Berlin and Barcelona, while this year we plan to add Vienna and Seattle to our list.