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 and overseas study at a European university, which will include opportunities for work placement. This provides unique insights into the diversity of planning cultures and challenges across the continent, allowing graduates to grasp a wide range of employment opportunities in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Planning at Queen's is ranked 1st among UK planning schools for Satisfaction with Teaching (Guardian University League Tables, 2020) and ranked 2nd in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2019).
|Introduction||The first two years are shared with the BSc Environmental Planning and students will be eligible to transfer from one degree to the other at the end of the second year. In the third year, MPlan students begin to concentrate on aspects of European planning. The degree includes fieldwork in Stages 1-3 and a week-long field study to Europe during Stage 3 (recent destinations have included Amsterdam, Barcelona and Krakow). Students will go on work placement during the summer between Stage 2 and Stage 3. The fourth year is spent at a partner university in Europe. We currently have partners in Sweden, The Netherlands, France and Germany, and new partners are always added.|
|Stage 1||Stage 1 courses are outlined below:|
Planning Health and Well Being
Planning Skills and GIS
Design Principles in the Built Environment
Contemporary Issues in Urban and Rural Planning
Spaces, Places, Plans
Institutional and Policy Context
|Stage 2||Stage 2 courses are outlined below:|
Site Layout and Design 2
Planning and Climate Change
Economy and Space
Theory and Practice of Development Management
Planning Theory and Society
Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning Policy
|Stage 3||Stage 3 courses are outlined below:|
Planning Practice Study Visit
Comparative Planning Studies
Researching European Planning
European Planning Perspectives
Legal Studies in Planning
Themes in European Planning
|Stage 3 Optional Courses||Infrastructure and Transportation Planning|
Conservation of the Built Environment
|Stage 4||Stage 4 courses are outlined below:|
Advanced European Planning Studies (i)
Advanced European Planning Studies (ii)
|Stage 4 Optional Courses||Independent Research Project in European Planning|
Work-based Study in European Planning
Natural and Built Environment
Linda is a Lecturer in Environmental Planning. Her research focuses on power and politics in the planning system. The neoliberalisation of the state and planning and the creative economy and regional development policy.
|Large Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
6 hours of lectures
|Medium Group Teaching||6 (hours maximum)|
6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
|Personal Study||24 (hours maximum)|
22-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc
|Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial||8 (hours maximum)|
8 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On this MPlan we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree are:
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
As students progress through their course they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, project supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
|A level requirements|
AAB + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
|Irish leaving certificate requirements|
H2H3H3H3H3H3 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
|International Baccalaureate Diploma|
34 points overall, including 6,6,5 at Higher Level + if not offered at Higher Level/GCSE, then Standard Level grade 4 in Mathematics
|BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma|
QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 140 credits at Distinction grade and 40 credits at Merit grade + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 780 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 300 GLH at Merit grade + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
For last year’s intake, applicants for this MPlan programme offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have had, or be able to achieve, a minimum of six GCSE passes at grade B/6 or better. A minimum of grade C/4 is required in English Language and Mathematics. Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed would also have been taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.
Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, will also be considered.
For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 3 Distinctions and remainder Merits. For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least 6 of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit grade, and the remainder Passes. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits in units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only. A minimum of grade C/4 is required in GCSE Mathematics.
The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Candidates are not normally asked to attend for interview.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (email@example.com), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
MPlan students will go on work placement during the end of Stage 2 and will have the option of developing further work placement opportunities during Stage 4. This This degree builds on the University‘s established reputation for high-quality planning education. On past experience of the BSc in Environmental Planning (now Planning, Environment and Development) and the MPlan’s special features, we anticipate that graduates will find employment in areas such as:
Planning authorities and municipalities
Private planning practice/property development
Housing authorities and agencies, such as housing associations
Policy advisers in planning, urban regeneration and the environment, particularly at the level of the EU
Conservation and environmental NGOs
Teaching (particularly geography)
Public bodies, such as advisory bodies on the environment, heritage, transport and heritage
Various graduate programmes (including banking and management)
Further study (PhD) and research positions
We regularly consult with employers, links which are further enhanced through formal partnership meetings with the bodies that accredit our courses (RICS and RTPI), having a practising planner as one of our External Examiners and involving a wide range of potential employers in student projects and regular careers events.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£4,530|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£9,250|
|Other (non-UK) EU *||£TBC|
The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry are set out above.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students It is however expected that there will be a specific arrangements put in place for RoI nationals living in the UK and Ireland and those with pre-settled and settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
European Planning costs
Year 3 includes a compulsory international field trip, with overall costs in the past ranging from £250 - £400. Students will be based overseas at one of our international partner universities in Year 4 and will be required to return to Queen's twice in the year. Depending on the location of your host university, costs may range from £100 - £400.
Students who undertake a period of study abroad are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.
If the placement is undertaken under the European Erasmus programme, students are normally eligible to receive a top-up grant to contribute towards these costs of approximately €300 per month. A limited number of Erasmus grants are available.
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
Queen's University Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC101788
VAT registration number: GB 254 7995 11