What is Urban and Regional Planning?

Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive places for present and future generations. Urban and Regional Planning concerns the planning, design, implementation and management of all facets of development and land use management, from local to national level. The purpose of an Urban and Regional Planner is to promote equality and stimulate sustainable development. A creative person thinking innovatively about solutions for complex problems would make an ideal Urban and Regional Planner.

The qualification Urban and Region Planning is a four (4) year BSc degree consisting of both theoretical and practical training. On completion of this qualification, students will receive the degree BSc Urban and Regional Planning which is a professional SACPLAN accredited undergraduate degree. Students are also able to further their studies with postgraduate degrees (MSc and PhD) on the completion of this qualification.

The qualification consists of only one programme (Urban and Region Planning – 118101: N183P) and admission is subject to a selection process which means that students must submit their applications for this qualification before 30 June each year.  A maximum of thirty (30) students are admitted to the qualification annually. Prospective students must comply with the qualification’s admission requirements (as outlined in the following section), which includes the writing of a selection test.

Urban and Region Planning also has their own Academic Student Association named BSV.