Planning for the Future

"Planning considers better ways of living and places within regions, towns and neighbourhoods. We focus on issues relating to economy, society and environment. The subject offers opportunities to create positive change, to have a rewarding career and to become a professionaly qualified, Chartered Town Planner."

Dr Stephen McKay, Head of Discipline

Planning is about changing the places within which we live. How we can transform and improve our cities, towns, villages, neighbourhoods and communities. It affects our everyday lives and is an extremely exciting discipline to study at university.

A planning degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to be able to make decisions that shape the processes of growth and development. We currently face many major challenges – attracting investment, creating jobs, protecting the environment, energy policy, housing supply, transport links, providing local amenities – and planning affects how these things happen. Therefore, as future planners you will have a very important role to play in shaping the future.

Planning is a broad subject matter and planners perform many different roles relating to the natural, physical, economic, social and cultural environments that we live in. Given this, planning offers a wide spectrum of employment opportunities. Studying planning will equip you with the knowledge to understand how cities, towns, villages, communities and neighbourhoods function and operate, and then have the skills to make decisions that shape how they grow and prosper.

Our undergraduate Planning courses are RTPI & RICS accredited and are 5th in the 2017 Guardian League Table.

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This course is RTPI and RICS accredited. It is also 5th in the 2017 Guardian League Table.

Every country, region and city faces major challenges – and planning is both strategic and critical in attracting investment, managing development, creating employment, protecting the environment, finding sustainable energy, providing housing, transport systems and local amenities.

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This MPlan is a unique degree, offering a complete four-year pathway in professional planning education, with a specialisation in European Planning.

Innovative features include an emphasis on understanding European-wide planning issues, integrated language training and overseas study at a European university.

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Undergraduate scholarships and funding options

We have several awards to assist undergraduate students with their studies here at Queen's. Scholarships, bursaries and grants are awarded to undergraduate students based on a range of factors including current and future academic achievement and need.  Find out more >>

Why Queen's University?

The UK's ninth oldest university, Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive institutions. Queen's is also in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020) with almost 2200 international students from 59 different countries.

Over 96% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17).

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Why Belfast?

Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the Number 1 region in the world to visit in 2018 (Lonely Planet 2017) and named the best UK city in The Guardian and Observer Travel Awards (2016).

In Mercer's 2017 Worldwide Cost of Living survey, Belfast was recognised as having the lowest cost of living in the UK, making it an ideal city in which to live, work and study. Find out more about Life in Belfast.

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