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Our Masters in Sustainable Building Design (MSc SBD) programme is aimed at graduates of architecture, design or planning subjects who wish to further develop their design skills to combine sustainability and low carbon technologies in building design and renovation. Read more
Our Masters in Sustainable Building Design (MSc SBD) programme is aimed at graduates of architecture, design or planning subjects who wish to further develop their design skills to combine sustainability and low carbon technologies in building design and renovation. Participants in this programme will enhance their design skills with specialist technical knowledge, and develop multidisciplinary understanding, via a curriculum of applied, engaged and contemporary courses. You will learn to harness technology to deliver optimal solutions, balancing the individual competing needs for environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability.

A culturally-adaptable approach to design places our graduates in a strong position to compete in local and international markets. This is a truly cross-disciplinary course providing unique grounding for a collaborative industry.

The programme will enhance students’ future career prospects in the area of sustainable design, in a competitive, growing market. It is also suitable for those looking to develop specialist knowledge and skills to allow them to change or further their careers.

Programme Content

• Low Carbon Building
• Climate Change, Sustainability & Adaptation
• Ventilation & Air Conditioning
• Water Conservation
• Human Factors of the Built Environment
• Building and Energy Systems
• Environmental Design
• Modelling for Sustainable Building Design

Career Opportunities

Graduates with skills in sustainable design are sought after by large and small employers, designers, consultants, contractors and clients, for their ability to integrate sustainable and low-carbon approaches within building design. Our graduates are well-equipped to make design decisions, which meet the needs of building users today, but also preserve resources for future generation.

Flexible study options

This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses, and you can also arrange to sit examinations in a location close to you.

Those who are close to our Dubai Campus will, in addition, benefit from our local support in the form of dissertation supervision and access to licensed software programmes and subscribed literatures, depending on availability.

Professional recognition

Heriot-Watt's Sustainable Building Design MSc has been accredited as a further learning programme at the postgraduate level to meet the academic requirement for Chartered Engineers (CEng, UK) by both the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Energy Institute (EI) and also for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv UK) by the Energy Institute.

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Applicants who have previously successfully completed programmes delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree programme. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme, for more information see http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design. Read more

Research profile

This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design.

The programme structure comprises a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one optional course subject, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.

Our expertise and interests range across the following areas:

Architectural Conservation
Our focus includes conservation theory and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; and the challenges of bridging the gulf between heritage and new architecture.

Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
We have particular strength in the history of architecture in Britain and the British colonial world (18th and 19th centuries); Germany, Central Europe and Russia; modernism in Europe, North America and Africa; Renaissance Italy; the history of landscape; the history of technology; the international history of mass housing and urban development; the theory and philosophy of architecture; the philosophy of place; and critical inquiry and methodology.

Design-led Research and Studio Practice
We focus on research in and through design, as informed by contemporary architectural and cultural theory; studio pedagogy; research-led teaching; and methodologies of urban research and fieldwork.

Digital Media and Design
We have expertise in the spatial, social and philosophical implications of media; the relationship between computers and design practice; cognitive models of human-computer interaction; 3D modelling; mobile computing; the sonic environment; and e-commerce.

Technology, Environment and Sustainability
We offer expertise in lightweight steel structures; the building envelope; concrete construction; design and manufacturing; and sustainable design in both qualitative and quantitative senses, looking at environmental response, design theory, rural planning and user-centred solutions.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one option course subject and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.

Training and support

Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.

Facilities

Research programmes in architecture are served by high-quality library facilities. All students in the programmes are provided with 24-hour-accessible study space, as well as access to well-equipped multimedia laboratories, photography and exhibition facilities.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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Programme description. Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK. Read more

Programme description

Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK.

Whether you’re approaching the field from an architectural, historical, geological or other viewpoint, this programme will guide you through the foundations and challenges of this important means of nurturing cultural and national identity.

You will benefit from learning on our historic campus (located in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site), and from the wealth of academic and intellectual activities associated with an internationally-renowned university.

You’ll be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), a specialist teaching and research unit that provides the depth of expertise and resources that ensures this programme is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Volunteering opportunities are also available through our partnerships with relevant organisations, allowing you to flex your skills in a practical setting.

Programme structure

The programme is assessed through individual written papers, group projects, presentations, and report writing. An intensive overseas field trip (optional; normally to Germany) will give you the chance to explore conservation issues in another setting. Following the taught courses, you will research and write a dissertation of around 14,000–15,000 words on an aspect of architectural conservation.

Learning outcomes

To complete your studies, you must demonstrate your familiarity with the historical and theoretical foundations and challenges of historic preservation; the techniques of recording and research; and the technologies of building repair. Elective courses can also develop more specific skills in areas such as the influences of planning law, contemporary architecture and building economics on the historic built environment; and the special conservation challenges of Modern Movement architecture and urban planning.

You will also develop more general practical and intellectual skills, in areas such as project organisation, historical research, or graphic and oral communication.

Career opportunities

This programme aims to provide students with the broad base of knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in one of the many professional sub-disciplines of historic preservation, ranging from heritage management to conservation architecture.

Crucially, your qualification will be extremely well regarded thanks to its recognition by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the UK’s official organisation of architectural preservation professionals.



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The postgraduate programme in Urban Strategies and Design is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University. Read more
The postgraduate programme in Urban Strategies and Design is delivered jointly by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) of the University of Edinburgh and the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at Heriot-Watt University.

For more information on the programme content, please visit Heriot-Watt's online prospectus:
http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-urban-strategies-design/

About the programme

The Urban Strategies and Design programme 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. 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.

The City of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for project- and site visit-based exploration of current urban design issues in the UK. Furthermore, the city’s historic ‘Geddesian’ planning links, and contemporary international links with urban-focused institutions and bodies provide a strong platform from which to support student-led, location-based research projects

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Students will study the courses below. MSc students will also complete a Masters dissertation.
• Sustainable Design and Development
• Urban Design Theory
• Urban Strategies and Design Case Studies
• Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing
• Urban Project

Students choose three courses from a selection of optional courses:
• African Cities
• Latin American Cities
• Planning Law and Development
• Landscape Science: Ecology
• History of Landscape Architecture
• Urban Conservation
• College of Humanities and Social Science Option (UoE)

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

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This is an advanced MSc course in the rapidly expanding area of mobile communications and networks. This course is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks. Read more
This is an advanced MSc course in the rapidly expanding area of mobile communications and networks. This course is concerned with the concepts, applications, design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems and networks. Students will develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in mobile communications and networks and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in the domain of mobile communications and networks. The course will provide a stream of graduates of a calibre capable of developing and implementing creative solutions to the problems encountered in mobile communication systems and networks.

This is a hardware-oriented course and is aimed directly at electrical engineering graduates.

Core Subject Areas
•Digital Signal Processing
•Digital Design
•Networks and Communications
•Research Methods Critical Analysis and Project Planning
•Principles of Mobile Communications
•RF Mobile Communication Systems
•Project Phase 1
•MSc Project
.Optional Subject Areas
•Software Engineering 2
•Network Applications
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Heriot-Watt University is set in almost 400 acres of woodland, making it one of the most beautiful places to study and live. Less than ten miles and a 15-minute bus ride into the centre of Edinburgh, its proximity to this architecturally famous city only adds to its appeal.

Edinburgh is renowned as a centre of learning and discovery; studying and living here is a stimulating and inspirational experience. It offers a unique city environment. It's culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central and visually stunning. The centre of Edinburgh has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its stunning urban landscape in the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. In addition, the city encompasses some striking modern architecture including the parliament building and the Museum of Scotland.

To top it all, Edinburgh is lucky to have significant and magnificent green spaces: the impressive extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, and its associated park, lie at the heart of the city. If that wasn't enough, Edinburgh has 112 public parks and more trees per person than any other British city.

You're also within easy striking distance of some of the world's most beautiful wild landscapes, from the Trossachs in the west and the Highlands in the north, to the Borders in the south.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design. Read more
This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level, covering most major subjects and fields of enquiry, including the history and theory of architecture, cultural and visual studies, digital media, technology, structures and materials, and sustainable design.

The programme structure comprises a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one optional course subject, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.
Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.

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The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient financial management of construction projects. This programme is designed using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. Read more

Programme Background

The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient financial management of construction projects. This programme is designed using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. It provides students with a solid theoretical base coupled with current and future approaches to practical quantity surveying practice.

As a partner university of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Heriot-Watt University is instrumental in meeting the educational needs of such graduates by building on their previous education and experience to prepare them for the demands of this profession.

Programme Structure

For the MSc, students undertake eight taught courses plus the research dissertation. Students on the Diploma programme take the eight taught courses only. There are seven mandatory (core) courses to study plus one optional course from a choice of electives.

Course Choice

Semester 1
• Construction Technology
• Contracts and Procurement
• Value and Risk Management
• Optional course

Semester 2
• Quantity Surveying Financial Management
• Construction Financial Management
• People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment
• Construction Practice and Information Technology

This programme is taught using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. It provides students with access to both a solid theoretical base and current and future approaches to practical quantity surveying practice. It is focused on industrial relevance, ensuring that graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers.

Professional Recognition

The MSc is accredited by RICS. If a student is in relevant structured employment whilst studying on the programme, they may register for the APC and work towards obtaining their relevant competencies. On successful completion of the MSc in Quantity Surveying graduates may then complete their RICS membership and on successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) will achieve full chartered status.

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Developed to meet the demands of the modern construction industry, this course incorporates current construction techniques and explores the latest regulatory and commercial issues. Read more
Developed to meet the demands of the modern construction industry, this course incorporates current construction techniques and explores the latest regulatory and commercial issues.

Build on your existing qualifications or experience in this area to develop a good knowledge of architectural technology, building performance and the legislative framework that governs the industry.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists confirms that this is a recognised Masters programme and graduates will meet the Institute’s requirements for Associate Membership, for progression to Chartered Membership.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Architectural-Technology--Building-Performance-Postgraduate-FullTime

Distance Learning option: http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-architectural-technology--building-performance-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

Identical in duration and content to a part-time course, this option replaces campus attendance with specially developed printed and online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time.

What you'll learn

The course offers a well-balanced blend of theory and practice which prepares you for the workplace. You'll gain a broad understanding of the construction industry and learn how to apply this to create design solutions.

This course is built around the knowledge and current applied research of three of the University’s key research units:
• Building Performance Centre
• Scottish Energy Centre
• Centre for Timber Engineering

You will gain the knowledge and experience required to complete a major design project that should enhance your career prospects.

This full-time course is studied over four years and can be studied on a flexible part-time basis. You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and through independent study.

Modules

• Concrete form and construction
• Sustainable building design
• Timber form and construction
• Building performance - acoustics
• Building performance - energy & microrenewables
• Advanced digital media
• Design project and technical report

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

This course can improve your employment opportunities in the field of architectural design and technology. It also provides you with many of the skills required to enter the house construction sector.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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Programme description. The programme provides specialist training in design for candidates who already hold a first degree in architecture. Read more

Programme description

The programme provides specialist training in design for candidates who already hold a first degree in architecture.

The programme aims to expose candidates to a range of cutting-edge approaches, strategies, research and experimentation techniques in architectural design.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of design projects, augmented by lecture/seminar-based teaching in urban design and contemporary architectural theory.

The programme also involves fieldwork in a selected European city. Previous destinations include Florence, Olbia, Bari, Mumbai and Calcutta.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this programme will have the capacity to:

  • demonstrate leadership within an architectural design-team context
  • critically evaluate the possible roles architectural design plays within the larger field of cultural production
  • comprehend some of the key consequences digital media have for the conception, design and representation of architecture

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme, you will have added a significant qualification to your existing architectural degree, one that is held in high regard by potential employers. The skills and learning you will gain will help you to pursue your career at a higher level, or branch out into a particular specialism.



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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This programme is not currently running, but may be reinstated in future. Programme description. This programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary culture and cultural theory. Read more

This programme is not currently running, but may be reinstated in future.

Programme description

This programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary culture and cultural theory.

Adopting transcultural perspectives, we encourage investigations into the questions of identity and representation; the urban realm as a site of intense cultural production; and instructive tensions between spatial, textual, visual and material forms that both shape and are shaped by cultural contexts, specific practices, various image and media technologies and theoretical debates.

In engaging with the complexities of visual knowledge and the technological mediations of images, texts and objects, the programme encourages critical reflections and research methodologies in which image and visual practice contribute to the research corpus and serve as critical tools of investigation.

In exploring social and political conditions in which cultural expressions take place, especially the local and global processes of transformation and contestation, the programme offers a unique focus on the diverse manifestations of material cultures and cultural landscapes.

Multidisciplinary and critical comparative approaches are key facets of the discipline of cultural studies and we welcome students coming from varied academic backgrounds and cultural traditions.

Programme structure

The programme combines seminar and tutorial work with group discussions, class presentations, essays and longer research projects (dissertations).

Both core courses and some option courses employ innovative pedagogies that encourage critical and theoretical reflection through engagement with visual production, visual essays and multimedia presentations.

Option courses are drawn from architecture, history of art and other Schools within the wider University.

Learning outcomes

By following this programme students will benefit from the following learning outcomes:

Acquire a thorough grounding in key terms, debates and theories framing urban cultural and visual studies.

Expand and refine critical appreciation of current developments and discourses related to urban cultural studies and visual culture.

Acquire and/or further develop their capacity to think in both images and texts, and explore theoretical questions through the engagement in spatial and visual practices.

Acquire and /or further develop their abilities and skills for curating and presenting visual and spatial research.

Gain critical, analytical, interpretative and representational skills that are transferable to both academic and other professional settings.

Throughout the programme, your learning will be supported by guest seminars and critical reviews, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops, field trips and events and directed towards events hosted by the University and other cultural institutions within the city.

Career opportunities

This programme is an ideal stepping stone towards advanced study in cultural studies and any related field. This in itself could lead to an ongoing academic career, or a role in education. You may otherwise take the critical, analytical, interpretive and representational skills and apply them in almost any professional setting.



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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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The MSc by Research in Reflective Design Practices is focused on the styles of thinking and action associated with the practice of architecture and the forms of knowledge that result. Read more

Research profile

The MSc by Research in Reflective Design Practices is focused on the styles of thinking and action associated with the practice of architecture and the forms of knowledge that result.

The programme is designed for experienced practitioners who have assembled a significant body of built work, and have a record of critical and creative engagement with the discipline of architecture.

The programme offers you an opportunity to audit, review and critically reflect upon the nature of your practice. Your work to date serves as a platform from which to negotiate possible future directions of your practice. The programme is underpinned by a wider commitment to the idea of the reflective practitioner as a basis for creatively engaging with the rapidly changing contours of contemporary society.

Training and support

All of our research students benefit from ECA’s interdisciplinary approach and all are assigned two research supervisors. Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within ECA, or from somewhere else within the College of Humanities & Social Science or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

The programme provides research training (research design, representational media, design strategies, data collection and analysis) that enables creative and critical engagement with architectural design. It is flexible enough to be tailored to individuals’ needs, and to offer preparation for advanced research.

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This programme provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities. Read more

Programme Background

This programme provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to work as a development surveyor or planner. On completion, graduates will be able to work either in the public or private sectors, advising on the complexities of property development to occupiers, investors, developers and planning authorities.

The programme is designed to build understanding of the complex interactions and uncertainties of the development process. It provides students with the essential knowledge components of economics, valuation, planning, law, and regeneration and sustainability principles. It also develops an appreciation of the skills and tasks inherent in development projects, including community participation, satisfying the statutory planning considerations, undertaking the necessary financial appraisals, and achieving funding to make it happen.

Our students and graduates

This programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

On completion of this programme graduates will be able to have a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the property market context and the nature and theory of spatial planning and sustainable development.

Professional Recognition

The MSc gives full recognition from all the educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has professional accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Heriot-Watt University is a leading education centre for planning and surveyor professionals in the UK.

Programme Structure

This programme is composed eight core courses at PgDip level. For those looking to complete the programme at MSc level a Masters dissertation is also required. Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

Semester 1

Spatial Planning
Sustainable Design and Development
Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 1
Real Estate Economics

Semester 2

Strategic Spatial Vision Project
Governance Participation and Community Planning
Real Estate Investment Analysis
Real Estate Development

Graduate Opportunities

The MSc in Real Estate and Planning is focused on professional relevance ensuring that graduates of the programme are quickly able to make to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers.

The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in pursuing a career either as a chartered development surveyor or as a planner with a specialism in land and property markets. Such opportunities are available in a range of employers in the private and public sector, including local development and regeneration agencies.

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Over half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas and the sustainable development of our cities poses key challenges for urban management. Read more
Over half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas and the sustainable development of our cities poses key challenges for urban management. There is a need to deliver sustainability while ensuring managed urban environments can adapt to a changing climate and changing economic and social conditions.

This programme focuses on analysing the issues of, and the tools used to address and deliver, sustainable development across the globe, from the scale of the building right up to the regional and national scale. It is designed to equip urban managers and leaders with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant postgraduate qualification relating to changing global circumstances.

About the programme

The programme consists of five mandatory taught courses and three optional taught courses, to complete a Post Graduate Diploma. MSc students must also complete a research dissertation.

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• Climate Change, Sustainability and Adaptation
• Spatial Planning
• Technical Networks and Urban Resilience
• Urban Economy and Property Markets
• Environmental Planning
• Low Carbon Buildings (Optional)
• Sustainable Design and Development (Optional)
• UK and International Housing Policy (Optional)
• Integrated Water Resource Management (Optional)
• Social Sustainability (Optional)
• Governance, Participation and Community Planning (Optional)
• Corporate Social Responsibility in the Built Environment (Optional)
• People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment (Optional)

For more information on the programme content, including course descriptions, please visit: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-sustainable-urban-management/

Professional Recognition

The MSc is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Flexible study options

The MSc in Sustainable Urban Management 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

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications. Read more

Programme description

This is a unique programme of study that addresses the growing need for professional education in digital technology applied to design, including its social, cultural and philosophical implications.

Based in a lively studio environment, the programme develops wide skills in digital techniques and a critical framework to appraise the application of these technologies to design.

The programme addresses the needs of practitioners, managers, decision-makers and educators who want to be informed by first-hand knowledge of the technical possibilities of digital technology and an awareness of social, cultural and business contexts.

Programme structure

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and studios. Projects encourage original thinking and independent achievement within a framework of team-working and creative ability.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

-acquire a broadly based foundation in design technologies
-develop their ability to work cooperatively in groups in the context of design
-develop understanding of the potential for new technologies and their new creative uses
-enable the use of existing digital design techniques in a creative way
-develop skills in entrepreneurial thinking and business planning
-find an analytical and critical framework to develop fresh thinking in design

Career opportunities

The prospects for employment are diverse. Recent graduates are now working in multimedia and web design for architectural and urban design practices, computer system design and management, and tertiary-level teaching. The programme is also ideal if you are considering continuing on to advanced research at a doctoral level.

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art
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Jointly delivered by ESALA and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions. Read more

Programme description

Jointly delivered by ESALA and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions.

It employs current researchers with international research experience, links and interests, who deploy contemporary pedagogies in the programme’s delivery.

The programme encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to global-regional interventions. You will study the wide and diverse range of social, economic and political processes that determine the contemporary urban environment. You will also acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.

The programme is specifically focused on studying how urban design approaches respond to contemporary urban transformations, as often characterised by forms of urban restructuring in the global north, and rapid urban expansion in the global south.

The city of Edinburgh offers an urban laboratory for exploration of current urban design issues. The city’s historic ‘Geddesian’ planning links, and contemporary international links with urban-focused institutions and bodies, particularly in the global south, provide a good platform from which to support student-led, location-based dissertations.

The programme seeks to address the gap between architecturally driven urban design and higher-level, spatial planning-driven, urban design, bringing together a range of approaches relevant to urban design that are currently being developed within different professional and disciplinary practices, ranging from engineering to human geography.

Programme structure

You will study four compulsory courses at Heriot-Watt University, study one compulsory course and one option course at the University of Edinburgh and then complete your dissertation – the development of an urban project proposal. You may choose either African Cities or Latin American Cities, or from a wide range of other option courses.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities at local, national and international levels can be pursued in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, the voluntary urban aid sector, geography, or urban development. There is also the opportunity for further academic research to doctoral level.

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