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  • Objectives
    The course has three main aims: 1. To develop a thorough understanding of the processes and procedures of urban regeneration and particularly in identifying and evaluating best practice; 2. To develop a critical appreciation of the underlying dynamics of localities, towns and cities in the UK and European economies; 3. To enhance personal and professional skills appropriate to taking advantage of expanding career opportunities.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants are normally expected to have one of the following: An Honours degree from a higher education institution in the UK, or a comparable qualification from another country; Membership of one of the following professional bodies: RTPI, RICS, ICME, RIBA, LI or IH; Where an applicant has personal knowledge or experience of working in the field of Urban Regeneration in whatever capacity, and evidence of achieving a qualification after secondary school, places may be offered at the discretion of the course leader.
  • Academic Title
    MA Urban Regeneration
  • Course description
    Introduction
    One of the most significant trends in the last decade has been the way in which central and local government, together with a variety of private and voluntary sector partners, have promoted the regeneration of towns and cities. The process integrates economic, social and environmental objectives and requires the application of a wide range of professional skills. The involvement of local communities is also increasing in importance.

    Staff are actively engaged in research and consultancy in urban regeneration, and related fields such as planning, urban design and tourism, and this expertise feeds directly into teaching.

    The course has three main aims:
    1. To develop a thorough understanding of the processes and procedures of urban regeneration and particularly in identifying and evaluating best practice;
    2. To develop a critical appreciation of the underlying dynamics of localities, towns and cities in the UK and European economies;
    3. To enhance personal and professional skills appropriate to taking advantage of expanding career opportunities.

    The course attracts students from a variety of professional backgrounds who are working for a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector employers. The teaching methods used are designed to encourage the maximum exchange of experience, as well as encouraging contributions from practitioners.

    Course Content
    You are required to pass eight modules in all. The course begins with five core modules covering essential aspects of the subject:

    - Urban Regeneration Policy
    - Financial Appraisal
    - Economic and Cultural Development
    - Managing Projects
    - Community Development and Involvement

    You must also select one option module from the following:

    Urban Design in Context
    International Perspectives on Urban Policy
    Housing Policy and Strategy
    City in History
    Sustainable Development – Policy and Action

    At the end of the course you are required to negotiate a programme of research with your tutor leading either to a dissertation or major project linked to a critical commentary.

    Teaching and Assessment
    Assessment is carried out through a process of continuous assessment involving essays, seminars and project work. There are no exams.

    The programme runs each academic year from September to June. Attendance is required for one afternoon and one evening a week, if attending part-time, and two afternoons and evenings a week if taking the full-time pathway. A full induction programme is run in the first year, normally in late September.

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