Urban and Regional Planning, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language

About

Planning guides the future development and use of land. It is about where development should happen, where it should not and how it affects the quality of our surroundings. Planning strives to design and deliver equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities where people can live, work and enjoy their leisure time. This involves promoting and facilitating development while protecting and enhancing the natural and built environment. The MSc in Urban and Regional Planning is oferred by Heriot-Watt University.

Career opportunities

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to work as a professional planner. Our strong links to practitioners and employers are a vital part of developing these skills as well as your network of connections.

Students have the opportunity to engage with industry through guest lecturers, site visits and on research and coursework projects:

  • All students are given the opportunity to have an external mentor who is a local practitioner that provides career guidance and advice.
  • Previous companies who have provided guest lecturers include:
    • Met Office
    • Adaptation Scotland
    • Diageo
  • Students are given the opportunity to go on a tour of Scotland’s central belt visiting Bo’ness, Helix Park and Stirling. Industry experts attend the tour and share their wealth of knowledge and expertise.
  • Staff and lecturers are actively engaged in a variety of research projects relating to building design, specification, management and operation and have extension knowledge to share.

Accreditation

Professional recognition
  • The MSc gives full exemption from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). On completion most of our students find employment in planning with a variety of employers, for example in local and central government, environmental and development agencies, private sector consultants and developers.

Programme Structure

Semester 1
  • Spatial Planning
  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Planning Theories
Students choose one course from the following optional courses:
  • Urban Design for Health & Wellbeing
  • Technical Networks and Urban Resilience
  • Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
  • UK and International Housing Policy
  • Real Estate Economics
Semester 2
  • Strategic Spatial Vision Project
  • Governance Participation and Community Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Social Sustainability

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • January (DL only)
    There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications,we accept them right up until the beginning of term.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Independent Distance Learning (IDL) 2-7 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Semi-structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have:
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area.
  • For postgraduate conversion programmes, non-related degrees will be considered.
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:
  • Degree in a related subject area plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience post qualification.

For more information please visit the programme website.

Technological Requirements

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14080 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14080 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time
  • Scotland / Non-UK EU:£2,600
  • Overseas: £7,040
  • Distance Learning: £1185

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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