Department of Urban and Regional Planning


Master of Planning in Urban and Regional Planning is being offered by the Department of Planning as a two year post graduate programme since 2010. In India, growing needs of increasing population, coupled with a very fast pace of urbanization, is resulting in depletion of natural resources, polluted environments, stressed economic conditions and fragmented social structure.

The rate of urbanization has increased manifold in recent years. It has been perceived that the urban problems, which have grown in recent years having direct correlation to the surrounding rural hinterland, cannot be handled in isolation. Issues related to urbanization thus need to be addressed holistically in the perspective of the region around. A study of resources and infrastructure of the region to provide a blueprint of balanced environmental and settlement system development is thus a priority in all institutes of planning.

Academic Focus
This course aims to produce professional planners who are equipped to rise to the challenges posed today and assist communities, organizations and policymakers in addressing the present day problems of settlements and evolve new strategies for improving the quality of life in cities and regions. The students will be trained to address contemporary and emerging issues of cities and regions, through planning exercises set in varied geographical and socio-cultural locations. Emphasis of this programme is on acquiring practical skills for spatial planning through studio and lab exercises. At the Post Graduate level of education, learning is not restricted to the academic curriculum alone. Students are encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences and seminars and develop their capabilities as a professional, both through enhancing their professional knowledge as well as through development of personality. The programme through the design and delivery of its curriculum endeavours to develop students as robust individuals capable of contributing meaningfully to the planning profession.

Course Structure
The curriculum is designed in a semester format comprising of four semesters spread over the duration of two years with studio projects being at the core of each semester and theoretical subjects plugged in, providing the underlying backbone of knowledge. Use of state of the art computer applications for GIS and other spatial and non spatial analyses is a forte of the School and finds extensive application in the core studio projects integrated in the curriculum.

The first semester of the course referred to as the 'Integrated Semester' is common across all specializations under Master of Planning in which the students will be taught basic foundational subjects to enhance their analytical understanding of planning. Students will also be introduced to planning history, theories and thought besides the tools and techniques of planning. Students from diverse backgrounds shall be brought to a common platform of understanding and shall be facilitated to get an opportunity to learn the fundamentals across disciplines.

The Second and Third semesters will deal with core subjects of Urban and Regional Planning. The main focus in these semesters will be on studio exercises and intensive theoretical knowledge on core subjects to complement and supplement the studios. Studio problems would address issues of regional and urban planning in consecutive semesters respectively. Dialogue with government departments related with planning of cities and regions is arranged during studio exercises to establish a meaningful process and to generate a purposeful product.

The curriculum would also offer a wide range of elective subjects including common pool electives (designed for all specialisations under Master of Planning) in the higher semesters to encourage students to develop interests in diverse areas of specialisation within the broad realm of urban and regional planning.

The subject 'Thesis Programming' incorporated in third semester will orient the students towards finalizing their research work of final semester. Students will take up an urban or regional planning topic in the final semester for their thesis work having spatial implications on the natural and built environment. Topics of research could be across a wide range covering many contemporary issues such as environment, industry and economy, city sprawl and real estate dynamics, tourism, urban infrastructure systems management, to name a few.

SPA Bhopal aspires to create professionals who are sensitized about the various facets of planning for human settlements and who have the required analytical skills needed for performing the assigned task related to planning and implementation.