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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.65k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The course links together theoretical debates about sustainability at different spatial scales with the practical dimensions of environmental policy formulation and its implementation. The planning system is taken as a reference point because it provides one of the most sophisticated mechanisms for regulating environmental change. Students gain an insight into problem definition and the application of leading-edge solutions to those problems by business, government and regulatory bodies.

    Available Modules:
    Autumn semester:

    * Theories and Principles of Sustainable Development (core)
    * Environmental Policy (core)
    * Sustainability and Planning Policy Development (core)
    * Environmental Assessment
    * Local Economic Development
    * Climate Change

    Spring semester:

    * Sustainability in Practice (core)
    * Research Methods (core)
    * Environmental Law (core)
    * Environmental Management
    * Local Food and Sustainable Development
    * Transport and the Environment
    * Sustainable Housing Development
    * Evidence-based policy-making

    Special Features:
    * Recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RCIS), allowing completion of the educational requirement for RICS membership.
    * Recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' Masters for those who have completed at least a three-year RTPI recognised undergraduate spacial planning, allowing completion of the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.
    * Scope to focus on particular environmental problems (e.g. climate change) and environmental policy in a range of sectors (planning, food/agriculture, transport and housing).

    Full-time students attend roughly 12-15 hours of classes per week, timetabled into about 3 days of the week; part-time students attend roughly 6-8 hours of classes per week, timetabled, usually, into one full day and one or two part days per week. The needs of part-time students are given careful consideration in the timetabling of the course.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    A First or Second Class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject is required. The course is suitable for graduates in subjects such as geography, sociology, politics, or economics, and/or appropriate professional qualifications.The course is specifically aimed at those people wishing to gain expertise and a critical perspective, through research and practice, on contemporary sustainability issues.For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is usually required: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 (232 for computer-based marking).Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Cardiff School of Planning and Geography is able to offer a scholarship (for reduction in programme fees) of £500 to all Cardiff University Undergraduate UK/EU students progressing to postgraduate taught programmes and studying full-time. For progressing Cardiff University Undergraduate UK/EU students studying part-time a scholarship of £250 is available for each year of the course.

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