Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Spatial Planning (Top-Up Degree)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Spatial Planning (Top-Up Degree)

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Spatial Planning (Top-Up Degree)
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 120
Delivered by Faculty for the Built Environment
The BSc (Hons) in Spatial Planning has been designed to respond to Malta’s current and future spatial and developmental needs and aims to create a new breed of spatial planners who have a broad spectrum of knowledge covering the different pillars of spatial planning as defined by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in the UK.

In line with the recommendations outlined in the RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education, the programme includes topics which cover the following aspects:

1. social science as an analytic framework
2. the interplay between land use and transportation
3. design and the relationship of space
4. economic issues relating to development
5. environmental challenges
6. legal and institutional frameworks
Through the degree course, the students will develop a good understanding of the extensive and complex amalgam of issues, conflicts, and considerations that need to be thought of, discussed, and debated in processes leading to the preparation and realisation of spatial development strategies. The individual fields of study listed above will be developed in further depth, both theoretically and with reference to practice, in order to provide a more holistic understanding of the complexities surrounding spatial planning and for the students to familiarise themselves with the most important issues, authors and debates pertinent to the individual fields of study.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the Certificate in Spatial Planning and the Diploma in Spatial Planning awarded by the University of Malta. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board of Studies to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 60 ECTS credits.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: This programme is being sponsored by the Planning Authority

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: This programme is being sponsored by the Planning Authority
By the end of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Spatial Planning programme, the students will be able to:

· demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying the knowledge derived from the taught spatial planning pillars to the different assessment projects that will be assigned throughout the years of the programme;
· formulate future spatial planning policy-making giving a regard to the different strands of planning;
· weigh and consider different planning considerations in the assessment of complex development planning applications, within wider spatial planning considerations rather than being limited to the specifics of the proposed development;
· explain and analyse different theoretical constructs learned throughout the course of the programme through the application of theory to practice;
· discuss spatial planning matters through the use of practical day-to-day examples of planning decisions and completed projects on the ground; and
· demonstrate an understanding of the complex nature of spatial planning through the undertaking of a research project, in the form of a long essay. This will deal with a chosen subject matter that will need to be described and evaluated within the over-arching context of spatial planning.
This programme has been designed both for students who are employed by the Planning Authority, and who will be applying as mature students, and to those prospective students who are interested in following a career in spatial planning. The latter students may aspire to become employed either (a) by other public agencies/departments the activities of which involve the use of land and need to be in continuous touch with the Planning Authority or (b) private sector spatial planning, architectural, or environmental management consultancies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 3 February 2020

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