Postgraduate Studies in Spatial Planning / Urban & Regional Planning / Geography

Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations. Urban and Regional Planning concerns the planning, design, implementation and management of all facets of development and land use management, from local to national level. The purpose of an Urban and Regional Planner is to promote equality and stimulate sustainable development. A creative person thinking innovatively about solutions for complex problems would make an ideal Urban and Regional Planner.

Different characteristics of the natural environment (e.g. climate, minerals, topography, oceans) lead to humans establishing different activities on the Earth’s surface (e.g. a mine, a farm, a city or a resort). Different activities influence the natural and socio-economic environment in different ways (e.g. pollution or socio-economic and ethical-moral problems). Geography and Environmental Management studies the total human-nature system with the purpose to understand and manage land use patterns and the influences thereof on the environment.

Information on Masters & PhD degrees

  • The objective of this programme is to provide students with specialist and advanced skills in research methodology in order to afford such student the opportunity to continue with further research in the field of Urban and Regional Planning. A complete dissertation based on research related to the core focuses within Urban and Regional Planning will have to be undertaken. Study supervision will be internally be provided by a Professional Urban and Regional Planner registered with SACPLAN. An article option will only be considered on merit and in extraordinary circumstances

Available degrees, with programmes / curriculum codes

  • Master Of Science In Urban And Regional Planning (2DH N01 N801P)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy In Science With Urban And Regional Planning (2CC R07 N901P)

So, why become a postgraduate student? Well, because postgraduate studies strengthens your competitiveness in a specialised job market and it extends and deepens your knowledge and skills in an ever changing international market. You’ll have access to experts in various fields and a post graduate qualification builds confidence and credibility as a highly skilled graduate. Our excellent research facilities offers you the ability to access, make sense of, and deploy new knowledge in a complex society.

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