The MSc Town Planning course provides students with the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding, skills and experience to practice professionally as town planners. The MSc Town Planning (Chartered Apprenticeship) route combines students’ completion of the course with workplace learning supported by their employers. The course is fully accredited by both the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and is the only dually accredited course on the south coast.
The course promotes critical thinking, community engagement, partnership building and leadership, building on the students’ educational and practice background, and drawing on the School’s expertise in coastal regeneration, climate change and sustainable economic development. Our teaching mixes theory and practice so that students learn how to bring about the best social, economic and environmental outcomes through the mediation of urban development. The location of the University by the sea, with the South Downs National Park on our doorstep, brings exceptional local learning opportunities for planning students.
Students’ individual research and analytical capabilities are developed through coursework and a research project, the Masters Dissertation. Students are also provided with the opportunity to critically reflect on their planning practice through the completion of a Learning Log, and also benefit from a professional mentoring system and placement opportunities.
The MSc Town Planning and MSc Town Planning (Chartered Apprenticeship) course team are pleased to present reports submitted as group assignments for the Sustainable Urbanism in Coastal Communities module, one of the core modules on the course which contributes to the course specialism in resilient coastal communities.
The report has been designed as a live community-university project, and provides evidence, and recommendations, for the draft Peacehaven and Telscombe Neighbourhood Plan. Students took part in a masterplanning workshop run by international consultancy AECOM. Representatives from the two town councils were involved in hearing the students’ presentations and providing suggestions – our thanks go to Cathy Gallagher and her colleagues from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and also Community Planner Jim Boot and Visiting Lecturer Frank Rallings for their involvement in the project.
The module also featured leading practitioners giving guest lectures on designing for flood resilience and planning for coastal change, community planning techniques and placemaking principles.
Click the ‘View PDF ‘ below to read the neighbourhood plan module overview: