The number of students worldwide studying planning on a course accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has grown by 8% in 2017/18 to 4,138.
In the UK, there has been an increase of 6.7% over 2016/17, with half of the total number of students being female (49%).
The growth of students in planning education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is biggest outside the UK, where there has been a 50% increase in 2017/18 on accredited courses.
"There has never been a better time to become a planner"
John Acres, RTPI President, says:
“Planning is a multi-faceted and rewarding career, spanning from protecting our heritage buildings and wonderful countryside, to providing for current and future housing and business needs, supporting growth and promoting great design. Right across the country planners work at the cutting edge of shaping communities.
“This is why we need to keep encouraging talent into the planning profession. I am proud of our undergraduate and postgraduate bursary schemes which overcome barriers to the profession and which will be further boosted following the introduction of the chartered town planner apprenticeship.
“RTPI-accredited planning schools offer high quality education which stands their graduates in good stead to work anywhere in the world. These figures show that planning education is growing from strength to strength. There has never been a better time to become a planner."
The RTPI accredits planning courses at 32 universities around the world.
It also offers two bursary schemes – an undergraduate bursary scheme to widen access and support diversity, and a postgraduate scheme to encourage students from other disciplines to enter planning.