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MSc Spatial Planning with Sustainable Urban Design


Course Description

Spatial Planning determines the design of places, the relationships between land uses, and identifies infrastructure requirements. The planning process makes provision for the needs of households and the requirements of the economy, and planning aims to mitigate the adverse impacts of development upon our natural environment.

The planning system is currently undergoing change to be better able to address the challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. There is a pressing requirement in both the public and private sectors for planners with appropriate understanding and skills to plan for development and protect the environment.

The University is a long-established provider of planning education. MSc Spatial Planning will be attractive to individuals with a real interest in tackling the challenges of important urban planning issues; MSc Spatial Planning with Sustainable Urban Design is designed to equip graduates with the professional skills for resolving environmental, economic, social, cultural and spatial dimensions in designing for sustainable development.

Why choose spatial planning?

Spatial Planning is concerned with creating sustainable places. Planners achieve this in a number of ways:

Planners work with building firms and housing organisations to help make available sites addressing the housing needs of local areas. They meet with local communities to learn about their concerns and to discuss ways of tackling issues such as the protection of homes from flood risk. They provide guidance on how to promote quality in the design of places and buildings.

Planning makes possible investment in sustainable economic development. Through preparing medium and long-term plans, planners ensure that land is available for development within and around our cities and towns. Planners often lead on regeneration projects and work in partnership with engineers to bring forward the infrastructures necessary to relieve transport congestion and to provide for long-term energy solutions.

Climate change is making achieving sustainability increasingly important. Planners, work with the environmental agencies and with conservation interests to ensure that the potential environmental impacts arising from development proposals are first established and then they use planning powers to promote a sustainable balance between social and economic development and the protection of the environment.

Who becomes a planning student?

Spatial Planning is a multi-disciplinary activity and attracts a wide mix of graduates. Often these are geography graduates, but increasingly graduates with social science, law, architecture and surveying degrees, as well as graduates from the environmental sciences find that Spatial Planning makes use of their knowledge and training.

Aims of the Programme

The Spatial Planning programmes are designed to provide the knowledge, skills and understanding required for graduates wishing to enter into professional careers in urban planning and development.

Programme Content

Semester 1:
Spatial Analysis has two key components. The first component analyses built and natural environments particularly from a conservation perspective. The second part of the module focuses on socio-economic analysis of data at a city scale and the relevance of this to planning.

Statutory Planning. is a practice based approach to learning processes processes of plan-making and the management of development.Property Development Processes deals with complexities and challenges in the property development sector and the role of different stakeholders involved.

Semester 2:
Concepts of spatial planning introduces students to the role of planning and planning systems. The other part of this module introduces students to various planning theories and their relevance to practice..

Sustainability in Contemporary Cities examines various challenges facing the growth of cities globally and the implications of these to planning of cities and the countryside.

The third second semester module is optional depending on the selected specialism. Students select one specialist module from the following:

Environmental Assessment
Marine Spatial Planning
Sustainable Urban Design
Urban Conservation
Applied Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Data Analysis

Semester 3:
A 60 credit dissertation in line with the selected specialism

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods cover a mix of formats including 'live' project-work and a research project. There are no written examinations. The educational aims are to develop subject understanding and to equip students with research and practice skills. Assignments call for visioning, problem-solving, forward-planning and critical reflection. Assignments are informed by students making effective use of available literature, conducting investigations and accessing sources of data. Attention is paid to building the effective communication and partnering skills vital for practicing professional planners.

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of the Environment scholarships can be found on the School of the Environment scholarships webpage. Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.
SAAS tuition fee loans are available for this course for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Visit our SAAS tuition fee loan webpage for more information and links.

Visit the MSc Spatial Planning with Sustainable Urban Design page on the University of Dundee website for more details!



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Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Architecture Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

Architecture Postgraduate Scholarship£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for students entering with a first class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

For international students entering with a first class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


(Scholarship)

School of the Environment Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for students entering with a first class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).£2,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for students entering with an upper second class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 - £3,000

Eligibility

For international students entering with either a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent (including students who have graduated from the University of Dundee).

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


(Scholarship)

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 5 Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


(Scholarship)

School of the Environment Alumni Scholarship - 5 Awards

10% off tuition fee for University of Dundee graduates entering with a first class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).5% off tuition fee for University of Dundee graduates entering with an upper second class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% - 10% off tuition fees

Eligibility

For Home/EU University of Dundee graduates entering with eith a first class or upper second class honours degree (not in receipt of SAAS postgraduate award).

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of the Environment at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm


(Scholarship)

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) - 20+ Awards

SAAS Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS) provides some funding for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students studying a number courses in the School of the Environment.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees of up to £3,400

Eligibility

Home/EU students studying a number of courses in the School of the Environment.SAAS eligibility guidelines can be found here:http://www.student-support-saas.gov.uk/student_support/special_circumstances/postgrad_eligibility.htm

Application Procedure

You can apply from April of the year that you want to study. You should always apply as early as possible.If the course you are applying for is funded and you meet the SAAS eligibility conditions, you should contact your course leader to find out if they will nominate you for a funded place. If they are willing to nominate you, you will be sent an Application Form to complete and return to SAAS.Contact SAAS directly on 0300 300 3135Closing date 31st March 2012

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/envi.htm



Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have at least a lower-second class of honours degree, or equivalent, in a suitable discipline. Applications from individuals, without an honours degree, but with substantial work experience relevant to spatial planning, will be considered.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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