Develop the expertise needed to become an ethical and informed planner and help make a difference to the communities and environments where people live and work. This integrated masters course will allow you to follow both large and small local planning projects from their initial proposal through to their finished sites. You will use computer aided design (CAD), SPSS research software and geographic information system (GIS) software and engage with experts from industry through field trips, live projects and guest lectures - previous speakers have included planning lawyers from international law firm Eversheds and urban designers from Leeds City Council. In your second year you will work with a community group or local council to put together a neighbourhood plan, adding to your technical know-how and strengthening your communication skills. We will help you understand the challenges planners face today, including the impact of new planning policies and the need for affordable housing. The issues of sustainability and regeneration will be at the heart of your course and we will give you a solid grounding in planning regulations and laws so you can assist in designing the sustainable communities of the future. **ACCREDITATION** This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. **DESIGN STUDIOS** Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.