Have you ever wondered how the place you live developed? Or about who makes the decisions regarding what type of development takes place and where? The BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning is a three-year degree which will provide you with a basic academic and professional training in planning. 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 course is partially accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and you can continue your vocational training by progressing to a variety of RTPI accredited master's at The University of Manchester. 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. Special features Portugal field trip A basic academic and professional training in planning Enjoy fieldwork, including daytrips and residentials Study abroad for a semester in Europe or further afield Boost your employability through work experience placements Partially accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Additional course information Effective planning and environmental management is crucial in an age when governments and societies all over the world are struggling to deliver sustainable development. Understanding and engaging with the problems facing the communities and places in which we live is at the heart of planning and environmental management at The University of Manchester. We are one of the longest established and largest professionally recognised planning schools in the UK, renowned internationally for our teaching and the quality of our research. We have always prided ourselves on the close working relationships between students and staff, and a genuinely friendly atmosphere. Our teaching covers a wide range of contemporary topics, including: sustainable development; urban regeneration; sustainable cities; urban design; real estate; communities; planning; and environmental assessment and management. In addition, optional units can be taken from across the University, including languages, to broaden your studies further. As our planning and environmental management undergraduate degrees share many common course units in the first year, you are normally permitted to transfer onto a different degree in this portfolio at the end of your first year should you find one area of study particularly interesting.