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      09.03.2001 15:42
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      Town planning is a bit of misnomer, as every planning student finds out pretty soon that you don't actually get to plan towns any more. But this can be a good thing, after all think about Milton Keynes..... I studied Town Planning at the University of Sheffield, which was voted the best university by the Virgin Guide. The town planning department also has a 5 rating for research and got 23 out of 24 for its teaching quality. The course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute which means that you don't get a lot of choice with modules, the subject is pretty diverse. If you enrol as an undergraduate, it's a 4 year course which includes a postgraduate diploma. During the course we covered some of the following subjects * History of urban form * Housing * Economics and local economic development * Urban Theory * Values and Ethics * Social geography * Transport * Moral theory * Public Participation * Geographic information systems and of course Introduction to the British Planning system. The planning profession covers a diverse field so there is a lot of variety in the course. There is a big emphasis on group work, projects and presentations. So, if at the end of the day you decide that planning isn't for you, you do end up with a good range of transferable skills - coveted by graduate employers. The department at Sheffield is pretty small with about 30 students in each undergraduate year, so you get to know people quite quickly. The lecturers are friendly and helpful which is really important. The department operates an open door policy instead of set office hours which makes it much easier to speak to them about any problems or questions about your work. The departmental office are also really helpful and can help with any adminstrative and computing problems. Besides this Sheffield University has a great student union and the city is v
      ery friendly!!

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