Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) - Course Overview




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    Masters of Planning in Urban & Regional Planning Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning is a two (four semesters) full-time postgraduate programme that seeks to expand limits of urban and regional planning theories to cater the urban agglomeration. To seek admission to the course a candidate should have passed B.Arch/B.E (Civil)/B.Planning/M.A or M.Sc in Geography/ Sociology/ Economics by securing minimum 50% in aggregate or equivalent CGPA from a recognized University.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course is offered by some of the top institutes of India, these are:

    The selection of eligible candidates is done on the basis of entrance exam conducted by the concerned universities/institutes. Candidates may even appear for a personal interview and/or group discussion as per concerned institute’s norms.

    Being a specialized course, M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course focuses on various processes of planning and new techniques such as GIS. The course includes studio exercises, live case studies related to urban development issues, summer internship and dissertation submission.

    The fee varies across institutes and shall range between INR 50,000 and 3.6 Lacs. A successful M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning postgraduate shall have job opportunities in both the public and the private sector in the capacity of Town Planner/GIS Expert/Urban Managers/Urban Planner etc. A fresh post graduate with no experience is likely to get an entry-level salary between INR 2.5 Lacs and 5 Lacs. An individual holding prior work experience is likely to get a higher salary package.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: Course Highlights

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration of Course2 years
    Examination TypeSemester System
    EligibilityB.Arch/B.E (Civil)/B.Planning/M.A or M.Sc in Geography/ Sociology/ Economics with at least 50% in aggregate or equivalent.
    Admission ProcessEntrance, Personal Interview and/or Group Discussion
    Annual Course FeeINR 50,000 – INR 3,60,000
    Average SalaryINR 2,50,000 – INR 5,00,000
    Top Recruiting AreasPublic Bodies, Municipal Corporations, Multinational Corporation, Construction Companies, Architecture Companies, Urban Development Authorities
    Top RecruitersICF, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, CIDCO, GSK and Company, IBI Group, L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd, Ernst & Young, Egis India
    Job ProfilesTown Planner, GIS Expert, Urban Managers, Urban Planner

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: What is it About?

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning gives exposure to best practices in urban planning and equips with theoretical knowledge and skills required in a professional career of planning and development of urban areas.

    The specialization is built around core subjects like the city and metropolitan planning, environment, urban planning, development and disaster management, land conservation, infrastructure planning, urban development management, legal issues and project planning.

    At the end of M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning course, students will learn to understand, analyze and apply critical thinking to provide integrated and interdisciplinary solutions on urban development issues. Through practical exercises, theory, internship, field visits and individual research projects, the course equips students with thorough knowledge to plan from regional to urban area levels. Post Graduates are likely to get excellent campus placements and job opportunities on their own.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: Top Institutes 

    Name of InstituteLocationFee in INR
    Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental DesignVallabh Vidyanagar, GujaratINR 1,00,000 (per year)
    BIT, RanchiMesra, RanchiINR 4,80,000 (total fees)
    CEPT UniversityAhmedabad, GujaratINR 1,80,000 (per semester)
    School of Planning & ArchitectureNew DelhiINR 50,000 (per year)
    UPES UniversityDehradun, Uttarakhand-

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning : Eligibility

    A candidate must have obtained:

    • B.Arch/ B.Planning or B.E. in Civil Engineering with at least 55% marks in aggregate.
    • M.A/M.Sc degree or equivalent in Geography/Economics/Sociology or Statistics with at least 55% marks in aggregate.

    Candidates belonging to SC/ST and reserved categories will be given 5% relaxation in almost all the institutes. Also, candidates should preferably be GATE qualified. Non-GATE candidates are also eligible to seek admissions through other entrance exams.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: Admission Process

    Admissions are primarily based on Entrance test conducted by the concerned university/college. Final selection process may vary from college to college for some conduct group discussion and personal and other admit students solely on the merit of entrance test. Previous academic record and work experience are important elements for determining of selection of candidates.

    GATE qualifiers will be exempted from appearing in entrances conducted by concerned university/institute. However, some institutes allow only their entrance exams for selection of candidates. The syllabus for most of the entrance exams is based on GATE for Architecture and Planning (AR) and includes:

    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
    • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
    • General Aptitude
    • Subject Specific questions on Architecture and Design, Environmental Planning and Design, Urban Design, Urban Planning and Housing, Planning Techniques and Management etc.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: Syllabus and Course Description

    Semester ISemester II
    URP – I Physical PlanningURP – II Physical Planning
    Development PlanLand Economics & Location Theory
    Town/Area Planning SchemesResearch Methods
    Economics/SociologyProject Formulation & EIA
    Evolution of Human SettlementsPlanning Legislation
    Planning Techniques (GIS/RS)Summer Internship
    Interaction with Planning Officials/City and Town ManagersUrban Finance
    Semester IIISemester IV
    URP – III Physical PlanningDissertation, Seminar & Elective
    Dissertation Approval-
    Housing Policies & Finance-
    Infrastructure Planning-
    Urban Management-
    Legal Issues & Professional Practice-
    Field Trip to Metro City & Documentation-

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning: Career Prospects

    As per the RICS Research 2013 report, the urban population in India is expected to cross 500 million, which will lead to the demand of nearly 95 billion sq ft of real estate by 2020. At present Indian institutes produce only 700 urban planners every year, thus creating a shortage of 1.1 million planners by 2020. These statistics emphasize the huge need for more urban planners in the near future.

    Career paths after M.Plan. in Urban and Regional Planning are diverse. The work areas after the degree can be:

    • Centre and State Government Bodies
    • Private Organizations
    • Non-profit Agencies
    • City Municipalities
    • Quasi-government Organisations
    • World Bank
    • UNESCO
    • WHO
    • Private Consulting Companies
    • MNCs

    On completion of the course, students can apply for jobs as Urban Planners/Managers at companies like ICF, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, CIDCO, GSK and Company, IBI Group, L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd, Ernst & Young, Egis India.          

    Postgraduates may even plan to pursue research work and study programmes like Ph.D. in Urban Planning or Ph.D. in Urban Designing.

    M.Plan. in Urban & Regional Planning annual salary
    Job TitleJob DiscussionSalary
    GIS ExpertDeals with large sets of GIS databases to process and analyze for creating maps, graphics, and charts.INR 1.5 Lacs – 2.5 Lacs
    Urban PlannerHelps planning best use of land in urban locations for public or private organizations.INR 3.5 Lacs – 5.5 Lacs
    Urban ManagerFinalizes, implements and manages various urban and regional development projects for clients (both government and private) of a company.INR 3.5 Lacs – 5.5 Lacs



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