Urban Planning and Resilience MA

Location: Canterbury


The programme provides a challenging, exciting and dynamic learning experience. Building on your existing experiences and background knowledge, the MA draws heavily on the Kent School of Architecture and Planning’s work in the University’s European campuses and study centres to develop your research and analytical capabilities.

During your studies, you develop an understanding of the planning profession with reference to how people and places interact. You take into account the unique needs and characteristics of different places and people through working with city teams in Canterbury and beyond.

You develop a range of problem solving, interpersonal and teamwork skills across the modules which complement the theory and enhance its application in practice. We develop your ability to work effectively within business, social and neighbourhood forums.

Knowledge and understanding

You will:

  • critically review and evaluate the context, procedures and the practices by which town planning systems in the UK, Europe and globally seek to control, direct and harness the forces that impact upon the built and natural environment.
  • evaluate the social, economic, environmental and political context for the planning and delivery of resilient infrastructure.
  • define and characterise projects that build urban resilience and recognise the cross-cutting city department goals they seek to satisfy, such as contributing to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and the making of place, including designing for resilience.
  • demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the legislation and financial instruments that surround the delivery of projects.
  • outline the importance of risk mitigation in planning and the need to build capacity for mitigating the impacts of major crises and natural disasters.
  • identify the groups and organisations that have a role in the planning, design, appraisal and delivery of projects that help cities build urban resilience.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the ability to:

  • analyse, evaluate, interpret and integrate data from a variety of sources.
  • analyse arguments logically, identifying any flaws in reasoning, and contrasting the merits of different arguments.
  • demonstrate and exercise independent thinking.
  • engage in theoretical, practical and ethical debates associated with the planning, design, appraisal and delivery of urban resilience projects. Ability to construct arguments capable of withstanding rigorous intellectual, legal and practical challenge.

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • ability to combine, interpret and critically review different types of evidence and understand the role that this evidence plays in developing effective planning policy and development proposals.
  • ability to communicate and present complex material effectively in written, visual and oral forms to specialist and non-specialist audience.
  • ability to review literature in the context of its practical application.
  • ability to recognise the importance of working in an interdisciplinary context and the roles, responsibilities and challenges that other professional groups and stakeholders are likely to encounter. Ability to recognise the role of personal skills and competencies in the delivery of well-planned and designed projects, such as negotiation, mediation, advocacy, leadership and project management, in addition to the traditional and fundamental skills such as design, site planning, massing, scale, circulation, typology & morphology.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • ability to recognise the value of working effectively as a member of a team. 
  • ability to plan and effectively manage the use of time, including the management of learning using a range of resources.
  • ability to produce written and graphic work to a high visual standard via the most appropriate tools and applications.
  • ability to make effective presentations of work including through digital media.
MA Award
Full-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A 2.1 or higher honours degree in architecture, planning or related discipline but applicants with backgrounds in psychology, international relations, archaeology, history and geography are also welcome to apply.

Please also see our general entry requirements at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply/entry.html

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