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MSc/Dip Urban Strategies and Design

Course Description

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:

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

Topics covered:
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

Visit the MSc/Dip Urban Strategies and Design page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

First Class, or Second Class Upper Degree from Undergraduate Course of Study.We require with the application, a short, (two-page maximum) statement explaining what specific interests in the area of Urban Issues have lead you to apply for this programme.

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