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Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development
MSc or PGDip or PGCert
Our MSc Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development offers a new approach to studying infrastructure planning and delivery. It is designed to make the step change needed to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.
The course is ideal if you have or are seeking a career in the field of infrastructure planning and international development in:
- the private sector
- multilateral and bilateral development agencies.
By engaging with new and innovative thinking on infrastructure, you'll learn to respond to the imperatives of rapidly growing cities. And in doing so achieve poverty alleviation, ecological sustainability and local economic growth.
Our core teaching offers a unique mix of theoretical perspectives and practical skills covering:
- human development
- ecological sustainability
- programme/project planning.
You'll be prepared to engage with more holistic approaches to decision making and problem solving. So you can deliver infrastructure that provides for both inclusive and sustainable development.
How to apply
There is no formal application deadline. We advise applying in good advance to secure places.
Applicants should factor in any time needed to meet offer conditions, arrange accommodation, and obtain a UK Student visa (if applicable). Distance learning study can sometimes close sooner than on-campus study, as it requires additional Faculty preparation.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
There are two modes of delivery for the MSc Infrastructure Planning and Sustainable Development:
- full-time on campus
- open learning (distance learning).
The modules are self-contained so you can start the course either in September or January.
All students have the option to participate in one international field trip and four intensive study periods (one per module).
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
The School of the Built Environment has an impressive list of funders and clients covering UK and EU government, research funding councils and industry.
- the European Commission
- UK Government/Agencies
- local government
- the commercial sector.
Research areas and clusters
Infrastructure and energy continue to be a key focus as they are the essential components of a rapidly urbanising world.
- Smart Construction and Impact Assessment (SC&IA)
- Land Design and Development (LDD)
- Planning, Policy and Governance (PPG)
We have links with universities worldwide so there are exciting opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges and study overseas.
After you graduate
Graduates of the School of the Built Environment have an outstanding employment record. To provide an example, usually 100% of the graduates of the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment are in employment within six months after graduation.
Local, national and international planning consultancies, construction companies, developers, project management consultancies, bilateral and multilateral development agencies and large NGOs all recruit our graduates.
Many of these organisations visit the School regularly to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.