The Urban and Regional Planning Department has recently celebrated 30 years of since its inception in 1979. Up to the end of 2006 this department has produced 292 Masters in Urban and Regional Planning graduates as well as 5 PhD graduates.  In 2005 the previous two-year Masters degree was split into a one-year honours degree and a one-year Masters degree to comply with the new subsidy formula of the Department of Higher Education. However, both qualifications are required to register as a Professional Planner.

The department’s language for teaching was Afrikaans until 1992 when students were offered the choice to attend either Afrikaans or English classes.

The current programmes ,  the Honours in Spatial Planning coupled to the Masters In Urban and Regional Planning, are offered in both a full-time part-time format with evening classes as well as a block week format with students attending block or compact weeks four times a year. During these compact weeks students attend classes at the department where teaching and evaluation occurs. The content of the ‘compact week’ programme is identical to that offered in the equivalent full-time and part-time programme. The current format of the programmes attracts nor only South African students from all over the country, but also students from neighbouring countries who can constitute up to 30% of the enrolments for any one year.

The Department, through these programmes, plays a pivotal role in addressing the educational wrongs of the past by empowering students from all backgrounds, enabling them to further their studies while they are still working and taking care of their families and communities.

The link to the department is: www.ufs.ac.za/urp


List of SACPLAN accredited planning qualifications currently being offered

Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

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