MA Planning Research and Theory - Sheffield - South Yorkshire - University of Sheffield - I18554

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  • Objectives
    The MA in Planning Research and Theory aims to provide you with in-depth understanding of the context and process of planning research, and equip you with the skills required for further academic or professional research careers. Specifically, it aims to develop: Research skills and an understanding of the application of research in public policy-making, particularly with respect to planning. Understanding of the policy-making and implementation processes in contemporary planning practice. An ability to critically reflect upon planning practice and research and to understand the need for analytical rigour Theoretical and practical awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Specialised substantive and research knowledge in relation to a selected field of planning.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good Honours degree or equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject. International students must also have a suitable English language qualification such as IELTS 7, with minimum 6 in each component, or TOEFL score of at least 600, with at least 5 in TWE, or 250 in the computer-based test.
  • Academic title
    MA Planning Research and Theory
  • Course description
    Planning Research and Theory - MA

    The MA can be taken as a one-year stand-alone degree, designed to develop specialist research skills relevant to practitioners in planning and related fields.

    It is also the preparation for a PhD following the 1+3 route and has been recognised by the ESRC as meeting the research training requirements for doctoral study.

    Successful UK and European candidates may be eligible for an ESRC studentship.

    Course content

    Autumn Semester:

    Core modules covering

    -Values in Planning
    -Social Theory and Methods
    -Research Design and Process
    -Information and Communication Skills.

    Spring Semester:

    Core modules on

    -Quantitative Research Methods and Qualitative Research Methods
    -choice of two specialist option modules from a list of 14 (including Issues in Private Housing, Local and Regional Economic Policy, Community Economic Development, Sustainable Transport Policy, Property Development, Public Participation, Cities of Diversity)

    Summer semester:

    Dissertation
    All students on the MA in Planning Research and Theory attend seminars given by leading national and international researchers.

    Students taking the 1+3 PhD route also participate in seminars where the department´s PhD students report on their research projects

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