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Hi there, I am considering doing a RTPI-accredited MSc programme in town planning next year with a view to working as a town planner after that.

Among the universities offering such courses, any advice on which one I should go for, please? I am considering Reading University, Manchester University and UCL. Is there any major difference (in terms of the programme and future employability) among them?

Thanks a lot!!
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(Original post by dondondondon)
Hi there, I am considering doing a RTPI-accredited MSc programme in town planning next year with a view to working as a town planner after that.

Among the universities offering such courses, any advice on which one I should go for, please? I am considering Reading University, Manchester University and UCL. Is there any major difference (in terms of the programme and future employability) among them?

Thanks a lot!!
All RTPI-accredited MSc planning programmes are required to cover the core competencies (knowledge, skills and values) set by the RTPI, so they are likely to be very similar in content. Each course/Uni will have its own specialism or ‘flavour’ which you should check-out. For instance, the Reading course has a ‘development’ emphasis. Other things to look-out for are the overall reputation in the industry (all three you mention are very good!), the extra-curricula activities and support provided, the culture of the Dept/Uni (probe existing students if you can), the (total) costs of undertaking the course and the availability of financial support, the location of the Uni and accommodation costs, and (quite importantly!) your gut feeling about how happy you would be studying there.

Having spent 40 very interesting and enjoyable years working and teaching in town planning, I wouldn’t have changed my original decision....made on a work experience placement at Devon County Planning Department back in 1974!

Good luck!
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All RTPI-accredited MSc planning programmes are required to cover the core competencies (knowledge, skills and values) set by the RTPI, so they are likely to be very similar in content. Each course/Uni will have its own specialism or ‘flavour’ which you should check-out. For instance, the Reading course has a ‘development’ emphasis. Other things to look-out for are the overall reputation in the industry (all three you mention are very good!), the extra-curricula activities and support provided, the culture of the Dept/Uni (probe existing students if you can), the (total) costs of undertaking the course and the availability of financial support, the location of the Uni and accommodation costs, and (quite importantly!) your gut feeling about how happy you would be studying there.

Having spent 40 very interesting and enjoyable years working and teaching in town planning, I wouldn’t have changed my original decision....made on a work experience placement at Devon County Planning Department back in 1974!

Good luck!
Many thanks for your advice!
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