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The MSc Eco-Cities is an innovative programme, which provides you with the skills to develop environmentally friendly urban projects, while reducing the impact of climate change.

Overview

The MSc Eco Cities course addresses how cities can be planned and built to promote low carbon lifestyles. You will explore how ecological development can mitigate climate change and promote more sustainable ways of living. 

The course addresses the serious and complex questions of how cities can be planned and managed in a more resource efficient way. These include:

  • What is a low carbon and ecological (sustainable) city?
  • How can city and regional planning effectively guide sustainable development?
  • Can cities be planned and built to promote low carbon lifestyles and foster ecological development that can mitigate climate change?
  • How can urban areas adapt to climate change?

You will gain a critical understanding of the forms of development that badge themselves as sustainable or low carbon and will develop the skills to take forward innovative environmentally friendly urban developments that are sensitive to the needs of sustainable spaces. 

Distinctive features

  • You will travel to a global city and work in depth on a ‘live’ planning project and/or governance issue. Previous destinations have included Xiamen and Jakarta.
  • The course is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a 'specialist' masters, allowing those who have completed a three year RTPI recognised undergraduate spatial planning degree to complete the RTPI's educational requirements for membership.

Learning and assessment

The programme will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and field study visits/empirical data collection.

The formative learning experience is particularly fruitful when you undertake the Live Project as staff will be alongside you in the field, and in your dissertations when you will have regular meetings with your supervisors on the progress of your research.

A particularly notable feature of the course is the Live Project in which you will have the opportunity to visit an ongoing eco-city development. This is a core module and provides an opportunity for you to undertake an overseas field study visit and work in-depth on a ‘live’ planning and/or governance issue in an eco-city.

You will work in groups and work closely with a partner organisation and will deploy skills in problem-definition; draw upon, and develop, knowledge of the planning, political and cultural context of the development; and appreciate the operational context within which a report will be delivered to the partner organisation.

Career prospects

t is estimated that there are about 170 eco-cities (towns) under development in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, and the Pacific Area. In China alone, more than 90% of cities have expressed their interest in developing a new eco-city or to apply the principles of eco-city to their existing urban area.The scale of current and future eco-city development and its global reach means that the programme will appeal and offer value to:

  • Those who are currently engaged in eco-developments and wish to develop their professional expertise and academic knowledge in a School of Geography and Planning.
  • Those who wish to pursue a career in eco-development and wish to learn about best practice and leading edge academic thinking.

Visit the Eco-Cities - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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