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    As an American, I'm not entirely sure of the difference between the two sectors in Britain. I'd love any advice or info anyone has on this issue. Are the two sectors really so markedly different, that they receive entirely different accreditations? Reading the course descriptions from all the top unis, they appear to be somewhat interchangeable. However, some have RICS accreditation, as opposed to RTPI.

    Could anyone with more experience and/or a better understanding of the two tell me which would be the more preferable designation? As they are seemingly closely related, would I be better off going with an RSCI accredited program, as surveyors earn more than planners?

    Aside from Glasgow, are there any other programs that offer accreditation for both RTPI and RICS, without requiring 3+1 route for RTPI?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is quite a bit different from States.
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    yes, they are massively different. surveying = micro level, detail, building measurements, precision, quantities. planning = big picture, zoning, masterplanning, general principles and guidance, long term vision at a urban or regional scale.
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    Thank you! Very helpful. I have a quick question: What is the difference between Planning and Development Surveying (RICS) and Town Planning and Development (RTPI)? LSE offers an MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies that's RICS accredited but not RTPI. Reading, Kingston, and Glasgow each offer at least one course with dual accreditation.

    I guess I'm wondering what the differences are between RICS Planning and Development and RTPI Planning? Are the career paths drastically different? It's all a little confusing for someone coming from abroad, so I really appreciate any and all insight and advice!
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    AFAIAA (I'm not a planner or a surveyor) - RICS = buildings, surveying (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and RTPI = Royal Town Planning Institute. So towns, urban planning. Essentially the same distinction I set out in my original reply.

    The career paths between a town planner and a surveyor are radically different.
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    I know that there are different types of surveying, ie Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Planning and Development Surveying, and other specialisations. I know that being a planner is radically different from Quantity and Building Surveying, but based on RICS's description of Planning and Development Surveying, it seems remarkably close to Town and Country Planning, and a few universities offer dual accreditation for their planning degrees which means they have to be similar in some core ways to be able to obtain accreditation from both RICS and RTPI.
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    there's quite a few courses offering dual accreditation for rics and rtpi, so just go for them. sorts your problem out easy.
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    Other than the three Unis I listed upthread, do you know of any other schools that offer duel accreditation? I've been looking for weeks, but those are the only three I've found.
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    http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/degre...mes/index.html

    there's bound to be way more i'm sure, i just knew cardiff did a dual accredited bachelors in planning.
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    My apologies, I should've been more clear. I would be looking for an MA/MSc as opposed to a BA/BSc. I already have two of those, and I'm not interested in a third! Thank you for your help, though.
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    if you looked at the link i gave you it is in fact for post-graduate study.
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    My apologies. I found the course you were speaking of; thank you!
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    (Original post by fret)
    if you looked at the link i gave you it is in fact for post-graduate study.
    But don't the RTPI class all of Cardiff's courses (with the exception of MSc Planning and Research and MSc Int Planning and Development) as specialist? I don't think the only two combined courses are RICS accredited but I'm possibly wrong.

    (Original post by Lux Lisbon)
    Other than the three Unis I listed upthread, do you know of any other schools that offer duel accreditation? I've been looking for weeks, but those are the only three I've found.
    Anglia Ruskin

    MSc Town Planning

    Sheffield Hallam

    MSc Urban and Regional Planning
    MSc Urban and Regional Planning (transport)

    Aberdeen

    MSc Rural Planning and Environmental Management
    MSc Urban Planning and Real Estate

    I think I'm correct but it is early in the morning so I'm not suprised if I've made a mistake :p: Will try and check later. I know that Aberdeen offer degrees accredited by both bodies as I've been looking at them myself (I'm thinking about entering rural surveying or planning once I'm finished with my undergrad degree which is taking years!)

    As well as Cardiff, the Bartlett, Manchester, Queen's University Belfast and Oxford Brookes all offer RICS and RTPI accredited degrees. However, the RTPI only class the degrees as being "specialist" probably no good to you (as this will mean you'll also need to take a spatial or combined degree in addition in order to qualify for the RTPI).
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    ^^^Great information, thank you. I've just checked out Aberdeen, and their course looks fantastic. Thanks, again.
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    I stumbled upon this old thread and all I can say is that there is some very wrong advice, particularly by jrhartley. Worrying that you can feel you can give advice when you don't actually know and that bodes very badly for your life in practice.

    I an a Director of a Chartered Surveying firm and part of what we do is Town Planning. I employ both MRICS and MRTPI Planners and their job is of course the same. The RICS surveyor is able to do more, such a valuation properties and it is a more respected and tougher qual to get but, at the end of the day, it's what you do with the qualification that matters.
 
 
 
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