skip to content

Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Both core and optional MPhil modules are reviewed on an annual basis.  This review may lead to either a change to the core and/or optional modules offered on a particular MPhil course.  Modules may be rescinded permanently or withdrawn on a temporary basis at any time.

Any information provided on Land Economy modules offered and their content is therefore subject to change and provided as guidance only to assist applicants with their choice of course.  Reading lists are also provided for information purposes only and do not constitute a final or definitive list. 

M.Phil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration 2020-2021

The MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration provides relevant skills to professionals involved in managing local economic growth and regeneration, regulating land use, undertaking strategic planning and who seek an international perspective.

In the United Kingdom moves to devolved government and decision taking at the regional and local level are generating an increased requirement for well trained professionals who are capable of providing the management skills required. Across Europe economic integration is emphasising the need for Member States to consider how those involved in urban and regional government can tackle the spatial disparities in economic growth and development that have been such an entrenched feature of the last twenty years. Moreover, the increased focus by government on how to ensure more geographical balance in development is not just a European phenomenon. In the Far East and North America similar forces are at work and this is reinforcing the view that countries have much to gain by sharing experience.

The implementation of spatial policies to manage the process of growth requires professionals with a multidisciplinary skill base and an international perspective on best practice.

Course objectives


The MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration is designed to provide individuals with a skill set that will enable them to be successful spatial planners. It enables them to:

  • Understand the factors that lead to variations in growth and development and thus the consequences of imbalances in growth for resource management, land use and the environment. The course emphasises the importance of adopting a multi-disciplinary approach both to understanding the nature of growth and regeneration problems as well as creating successful spatial planning solutions;
  • Assess the scope for planning policy intervention to manage growth and decline and identify the opportunities and constraints imposed by economic, social and institutional factors;
  • Design efficient and effective spatial planning policies to manage economic, social and environmental change, including enhancing the growth prospects of those locations that are currently experiencing relative decline and attenuating the adverse consequences of growth on those areas that are expanding rapidly;
  • Assess alternative approaches towards the implementation of spatial planning processes and policies;
  • Evaluate planning policy achievements and monitor and assess the effectiveness of policy initiatives;
  • Understand the process of real estate development, and the risks and financing arrangements that drive land use change;
  • Understand the process of planning, regulation and development of land, the built environment, and urban and rural areas;
  • Understand the determinants and outcomes of these processes across space, both intra- and inter-nationally and their interactions with other environmental resources;
  • Address, the implications for the environment of landownership, land law and rights, land resources, uses and policy.

The course emphasises the importance of adopting a multidisciplinary approach both to understanding the nature of growth and regeneration problems as well as creating successful policy solutions.

Course structure

The MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration is modular and the examination consists of 10 units.  The core pathway modules (‘Urban and environmental planning’ and ‘Urban and housing policy’) count as 2 units each.  The Research Methods module counts as 1 unit. The Dissertation, Research Design and Structure module counts as 2 units.  This allows students to choose 3 optional modules (1 in Michaelmas Term and 2 in Lent Term). Each optional module counts as 1 unit.

Compulsory modules

PGR01 Urban and environmental planning (Michaelmas and Lent Term) (2 units)
PGR02 Urban and housing policy (Michaelmas and Lent Term) (2 units)
RM01 Mixed research methods (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
Dissertation, Research Design, and Structure (Michaelmas Term) (2 units)

Optional modules

RM02 Further topics in quantitative methods (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RM03 Spatial Analysis and Modelling (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP06 Energy and climate change (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP07 National, Comparative, and European Environmental Law and Policy (Lent Term) (1 unit)
EP08 Comparative environmental policy (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
PGR03 Spatial economics (Lent term) (1 unit)
PGR04 Institutions and development I (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
PGR05 Institutions and development II (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RE03 Real estate development process (Lent Term) (1 unit)
RE04 The macroeconomy and housing (Michaelmas Term) (1 unit)
RE05 Legal Issues in Land Use and Finance (Lent Term) (1 unit)

Related Links