University of Sheffield

Department of Town and Regional Planning

MA Planning Research


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Planning Research

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in Planning Research and Theory is a planning research qualification for academic and professional researchers. It can be taken as a one year stand-alone degree, designed to develop specialist research skills relevant to practitioners in planning and related fields. It is also the preparation for a PhD following the 1+3 route, having been recognised by the ESRC as meeting the research training requirements for doctoral study, and successful UK and European candidates may be eligible for an ESRC studentship.

The MA is a full-time course which provides advanced level research training in the context of the planning discipline. It covers the entire research process, linking exploration of the social, political and theoretical context to research design and methods. Core modules cover the methodologies and philosophies of contemporary social science, the understanding of values in planning, information and communication skills, research design and research methods (both qualitative and quantitative). Students also choose from a wide range of modules providing advanced level specialised study in a substantive area of planning, in preparation for individual research projects. During the year individual tutors guide students through their research dissertations, from conceptualisation and design, through research work to completion. The dissertation will provide a solid foundation for PhD research and can also be the first year of a New Route PhD.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5 in each part), or TOEFL 550 with TWE 4.5 (paper based) or TOEFL 213, TWE 4.5 (computer based) or TEOFL 79-80 (IBT), or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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