MSc Town Planning

Apply now Come to an Open Day

Introduction to MSc Town Planning

Dr NezHapi-Dellé Odeleye talks to camera about the MSc Town Planning course at ARU Welcome to MSC Town Planning

Prepare for a rewarding career in urban and suburban planning

Develop essential, comprehensive knowledge, skills and practical experience by studying for our Royal Town Planning Institute accredited Master's degree in Chelmsford.

Already have an ARU degree? You may be eligible for our Alumni Scholarship for students starting postgraduate courses.

How do you balance progress with sustainability or the needs of the many with the interests of the few? These questions are ever more significant in the UK, yet qualified planners are in short supply.

Study with us and you’ll gain the all-round professional skills required to shape policy and strategy, plan sustainably, negotiate or manage the planning process, and balance competing priorities.

Course options

Course options

Key facts

Looking for different course options?

Entry Requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

Fees and Paying for University


Student using her laptop to do work

Outstanding student support

As a postgraduate student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • award-wining learning facilities
  • expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • full use of our IT and library facilities, with library resources accessible 24/7 online
  • support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


RTPI Accredited Planning Programme logo


Our Town Planning course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and provides two years' free student membership of the institute alongside a route to full Chartered status of the Institute attainable two years after graduation.


We take pride in giving our graduates a great start as highly-qualified urban and suburban planners, whose knowledge and experience are well matched to the current needs of the industry. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD or Professional Doctorate. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

Apply now for MSc Town Planning

Want to talk to someone?

Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Business student Emma

Benefits of postgraduate study

Improve your employability, progress in your career, and take on an intellectual challenge with our flexible postgraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study at ARU
Student reading and typing at a laptop

Degree Apprenticeship route available

Achieve a university qualification while gaining valuable work experience and applying your learning in the workplace. You’ll earn a competitive salary and your tuition fees will be covered by your employer and the Government.

Find out about the Chartered Town Planner MSc apprenticeship
The Lord Ashcroft Building on ARU's Chelmsford campus

Life in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has something for everyone, and our green, modern campus is just ten minutes from the city centre.

Get to know Chelmsford