Chartered Town Planner Masters Degree Apprenticeship MSc

Postgraduate (2 years + part-time, degree apprenticeship)


January, September

This is a part-time course delivered through day release to our Chelmsford campus. September starters will take 2 years and 4 months to complete the course while January starters will complete the course in 2 years and 9 months.


Our Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) accredited course will provide you with comprehensive training and practical experience for a rewarding career in urban and suburban planning. Gain an MSc in Town Planning, while you work, with fees funded by your employer and the Government.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

Full description


Typical job titles include Planning Officer, Town Planner, Planner, Development Management Planner and Planning Consultant. Career progression can be to Senior Planner, Principal Planning Officer, or similar and will involve dealing with larger, more complex projects and taking on increasing managerial responsibilities.

Modules & assessment

  • Sustainability and Environmental Management
    This module will introduce you to the growth in environmental awareness, from local to international, over recent decades and will be considered in the context of the construction industry.
  • Housing and Planning
    Planning has a strong influence on the provision of new housing and the regeneration of old. In this module, you’ll consider the development of housing and the relationship between this and planning.
  • Plan Making and Policy
    This module introduces the core aspects of planning activity and how they assist in developing a critical and practical understanding of the contextual and conceptual framework within which spatial planning operates in urban and rural contexts.
  • Planning Principles and Concepts
    The discipline and profession of planning is characterised by its multi-disciplinary nature. This module will cover how theory and practice from the social sciences are integrated into a critical understanding of space and place which enables planners to conceptualise and respond to the many and varied challenges and opportunities posed by the wider environment including the global scale.
  • Planning and Society
    The focus of this module is the social and political context for planning in the UK. Planning is a construct of the prevailing social, economic and governmental extant policies; this defines planning and in turn planning defines its own context.
  • Planning Implementation
    This module explores ways in which strategic plans and development frameworks can be transformed into a sustainable reality. You’ll develop an understanding of the legal, regulatory and policy framework governing land and property development in the UK, development management and appeals, environmental assessment, financial appraisal, regeneration practices, partnerships, community empowerment, equality and diversity objectives.
  • Site Studies and Urban Design
    This modules provides an understanding of the inseparable nature of the place and its context – a ‘sense of place’, and how this affects the design for new buildings and place making that are to contribute to the built environment.
  • Research Design and Methods
    This Module is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design. It seeks to develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research that will enable you to undertake your Major Project/Dissertation.


Assessment is designed to demonstrate the achievement of the learning outcomes using a range of methods, e.g. coursework, oral presentation, examination. 

End Point Assessment (EPA)

This apprenticeship features an ‘integrated’ End Point Assessment. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have attained the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out on the standard.

There are two parts to the end-point assessment:

  • professional discussion with an independent assessor
  • assessment of professional competence

Where you'll study

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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You will need:

  • Applicants to this course will generally be expected to be employed within planning, in order to be able to access degree apprenticeship funding
  • A first degree at second class honours (2:2) or above in a subject that is related to the field of town planning.
    It should incorporate study elements of some of space, environment, design social/urban analysis and public policy. Examples of subjects that are considered to be relevant are: Environmental Studies, Architecture, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Politics and Surveying
  • Evidence of GCSE Level 2 Maths and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated list of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or above

In exceptional circumstances, substantial and appropriate experience will be considered. You will need to evidence an ability to cope with an intensive academic programme and you must still be able to evidence GCSE Level 2 Maths and English.

Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.

View the impact of the current restrictions.