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Full time & Part time September MSc, PgDip, PgCert MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time PgDip: 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time PgCert: 5 months full-time; 9 months part-time

About the course

Why this course?

Recent data and predictions on the forthcoming rate of urbanisation make cities the most common living environment now and in the future. What kind of life will it be for the seven billion people who will live in existing or developing cities? Cities hold tremendous potential, but at the same time are sources of stress, inequalities and pollution.

In 2015, the United Nations recognised this through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which included 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Goal 11 is dedicated to urban settlements, with the aim to 'Make Cities Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable'.

This means that getting the design of cities right has never been so important. The questions are: what kind of design should we adopt, and who should be in

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Entry Requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent, in a discipline related to the built environment and the city (eg architecture, planning, engineering, and other built environment disciplines). Candidates with alternative professional experience may also be considered.

The course is open to students with various backgrounds related to the built and natural environment. If you come from design-based disciplines (ie. Architecture, landscape architecture), please submit a portfolio of design work, to illustrate the range of scales and variety of projects you've been involved in, as well as your graphic skills.


Course Content



Where is University of Strathclyde


Student Profile(s)

Carrie Yap

I liked working in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, planners, and architects. I also enjoyed the collaborative approach to problem solving.


Fiona Whyte

As a geographer, I had knowledge and understanding of urban environments, but this course gave me the ability to translate this into physical design, strategies and problem-solving skills.


Jacob Dibble

The MSc has a great balance between realistic and theoretical approaches, and it’s as fun as it is challenging.


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