Why are some cities better to live in than others? What makes a natural environment outstanding and, in a word, sustainable? This programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in planning our urban and rural environments and managers of our scarce natural resources.
Students take all subjects in Year 1 and in Year 2 choose options from the Spatial Planning or Environmental Management areas and fully specialise in Year 4. Projects and fieldwork, under the supervision of practising professionals, are an integral part of the programme and in Year 3 there is a field trip to another EU state. (Students need to make financial allowance for this). The programme also includes an optional practice placement in Year 4 of the programme, which will count against final marks.
This innovative programme combines both natural and social science perspectives and leads to an honours degree. Students learn about interpreting scientific, technical and design data and applying this to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies in the specialist areas of planning and environmental management.
Many Spatial Planning graduates specialise in urban design, retail, property development, transport or other specialist areas. Graduates of the programme may find employment in government agencies, local authorities, with industry or in private practice. Spatial Planning graduates will be able to prepare complex development plans, carry out sensitive environmental assessments and work with communities and developers to resolve difficult planning issues.
Environmental Management graduates will be equipped to formulate and implement policies and programmes for the sustainable management of organisations, carry out environmental audits, prepare and implement plans for waste and resource management, and prepare and evaluate environmental impact and risk assessment.