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Course content

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 Urban and Regional Planning degree 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.

Course content

  • 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

Professional recognition

The MSc gives full exemption from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Flexible study options

The MSc in Urban & Regional Planning is available full-time and part-time at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh campus, or via flexible online Independent Distance Learning (IDL). Study via IDL is ideal for students in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. IDL students graduate with the same degree as students who undertake the programme on campus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses: http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm


Visit the MSc/Dip Urban & Regional Planning page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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