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COURSE TITLE Master of Spatial Planning







M. Spat. Planning (Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

8 Semesters

Part-time Evening


A four year part-time programme, the Master of Spatial Planning course has been designed with reference to the planning education framework of the European Council of Spatial Planning and will provide the students with the interdisciplinary background required of modern spatial planners, together with the opportunity to specialize in areas such as, but not limited to, urban and regional development, infrastructural planning, housing, transport, resource management, urban regeneration, land use, urban design, and spatial planning in the European Union.

The course is therefore structured as a ‘combined planning programme’, which would involve the allocation of at least 50% of the learning time to integrated spatial planning studies and a minimum of 25% for the specialisation in areas such as the ones mentioned above.

The students shall be required to develop the ability to practice spatial planning at local, regional, national, and transnational levels, normally as leaders and/or coordinators of multi-disciplinary teams entrusted with the formulation and realisation of plans and policies, which according to the European Regional/Spatial Planning Charter, give “… geographical expression to the economic, social, cultural and ecological policies of societies.”
LEARNING OUTCOMES After graduating, the students will be capable of practising in the field of spatial planning, and spend the initial years of their careers getting involved in the range and type of projects [in the field of spatial planning], which would provide them with the professional background required for them to be considered for membership in a spatial planning institute/association.

Such an institute/association would preferably form part of the European Council of Town Planners and/or the Global Planners Network.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Graduates of this course will have the potential to practice spatial planning both within the public and private sector. They act as planning and policy advisers to local governments, regional authorities, national administrations, and agencies which are involved in transnational projects. Currently, private sector firms involved in either of or combinations of spatial and infrastructural planning, urban design, resource management, and economic/social development have been and are growing rapidly as opportunities for them to compete for assignments farmed out by the public sector increase across the European Union and beyond.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The course has been designed for students who aspire for careers connected with spatial development, in which they play leadership and/or coordinating roles at different levels of public administration, both as public sector operatives and private sector consultants or freelancers. Planners need to be simultaneously creative thinkers and pragmatists, capable of envisioning inspired solutions to the problems and issues that they deal with, and articulating the courses of action needed for the effective realisation of their insights.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree from this University with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline related to the Built Environment, Architecture, Urban Design or Planning, Civil Engineering, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Law or Legal Studies, Public Administration, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Systems, or in any other area of study as deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor degree from this University with at least Third Class Honours in the disciplines highlighted in paragraph (a), if they are also in possession of other qualifications or at least 10 years of relevant work experience, obtained following the first cycle degree. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate.

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in paragraph (a) above. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 4 February 2016
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