Gain both academic and professional training in planning on this four-year enhanced undergraduate degree which is accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The curriculum for the first three years is the same as our BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning, during which you will consider the issues faced by professionals in dealing with the planning and management of all aspects of our built and natural environments. The fourth year of study is at master's level and provides professional training in planning. An overseas field trip offers a unique opportunity for you to experience planning challenges in an international context. You will also take part in a client-based project where you will work in a small group on a real-life project, interpreting the brief, carrying out the investigations and reporting directly to an external client. The MPLAN satisfies the spatial planning curricula for initial qualification with the RTPI and the RICS Planning and Development pathway. Manchester is a great place to study planning; it was the world's first industrial city and is now a vibrant 21st century metropolis. It is a place of major urban change with plenty of scope to explore urban development pressures and environmental impact. In contrast, Manchester is surrounded by a wide variety of rural environments, including three spectacular national parks and varied environmental initiatives.