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Course content

This programme aims to help you acquire a broad foundation of knowledge in spatial planning, from which more detailed or specialist study can be developed, and to relate academic thinking and research at the forefront of spatial planning to your own experience, whether at work or otherwise.

Why this programme

  • There is significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and recruitment presentations.
  • If you satisfy the progression requirements, this qualification provides an entrance route to the MSc City Planning.
  • You can gain this qualification in a manner that works best with your professional commitments, either through one year of full-time study or on a modular basis over two or more years.
  • An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme structure

You will take three core courses and choose from a range of optional courses. Courses will involve you attending lectures, seminars and tutorials and taking part in project, lab, field and team work. Core courses will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts in planning and apply them to particular case studies. 

Core courses

  • Contemporary planning systems
  • Governance and markets
  • Spatial planning strategies.

Optional courses may include

  • Designing places
  • Development process
  • Professional practice, ethics and management.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in local and national government and private-sectors consultancies in spatial planning, development management and regeneration.


Visit the Spatial Planning (PGCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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