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Urban and Regional Planning, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) , | Online
Our Urban and Regional Planning degree at Heriot-Watt University is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional planner.

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. 

Urban and regional 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.

Our MSc Urban and Regional Planning at Heriot-Watt University is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional planner. You will develop the ability to ask the right questions and find creative solutions to the challenges facing communities and the built environment.

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

This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute which offers excellence links with local employers through their Partnership Board.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Planning Theories
  • Urban Economy and Property Market
  • Spatial Planning
  • Strategic Spatial Vision
  • UK and International Housing Policy
  • Governance, Participation and Community Planning
  • Social Sustainability
  • Environmental Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications (except for the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society's distance learning programmes); we accept them right up until the beginning of term. However, if you are applying for a popular programme, it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as you can so that you have the best chance of getting a place.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      3-7 years
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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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 courses, 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.

Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1310 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1310 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1310 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1310 GBP per module and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Students pay £1310 per course and £1690 for the Dissertation.This programme consists of 8 courses (modules).

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.

Funding

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

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