The programme is intended to give students a solid grounding in planning, with an effective blend of both theory and practice; the course covers a wide range of subject areas and draws from both UK and international case studies; students learn about the historical issues and changes that have shaped our world, consider the circumstances, challenges and opportunities of the world today, and look ahead to consider the type of environments we might be living or working in at some point in the future; an important strand throughout the programme focuses on the development of healthy sustainable communities, an area of expertise within the department. Planning is concerned with managing and shaping change across our built and natural environments. As a Planner you can begin to have a real impact on places and peoples' lives by helping to deliver positive change across our towns, cities and neighbourhoods. By getting to know a place, its history, its challenges and its community, you can begin to develop exciting plans and visions for how future change can be approached and managed. As a Planner, you can take a leading role in helping these ideas become a reality by helping to unlock the potential for sustainable development and investment, and by ensuring that projects, whatever their scale, are capable of achieving wide-ranging benefit. By becoming a Planner you will be able to develop a varied and highly rewarding career that provides wide-ranging opportunities across the public, private and voluntary sectors; every project, place or community you will need to interact with will be different.