M.Sc. On Campus Online

Urban Strategies and Design

Heriot-Watt University

18 months
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The postgraduate course in Urban Strategies and Design at Heriot-Watt University is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.


This Urban Strategies and Design course from Heriot-Watt University addresses the current need for interdisciplinary knowledge. It encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially-sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to strategic metropolitan and regional interventions. 

Key Features 

  • Students study the wide and diverse range of social, economic, and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment, and acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Urban Design Theory
  • Strategic Spatial Vision Project
  • Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Latin American Cities
  • Planning Law and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National deadline is for Scottish and RUK students.


180 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
  • We don't require an architecture or urban design qualification, but expect you to demonstrate a broad interest in issues of urban design strategy planning and its relationship to issues at local, national and global level.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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