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Urban Planning MA (Hons)

University of Dundee
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
September 2021
Virtual open day

Program description

Urban Planning MA (Hons)

Urban planners collaborate with a wide range of interest groups to positively influence outcomes in the development of cities and the countryside. These include politicians, communities, property developers, the renewable energy sector, environmentalists, and the public health sectors.

Learn about the historical development of cities, as well as their current complex problems and opportunities. How cities and their surroundings develop is complicated and always changing. They result in global challenges that impact on people’s health, well-being, and access to essential services such as roads, water, housing, and transportation.

You'll develop skills so that you will be able to help to shape the future outcomes of cities across the world. Dundee City itself, together with its surroundings, forms an ideal laboratory.

At Level 3 of this course you will have an option to specialise in either urban design or environmental sustainability. You'll undertake a major individual study in a topic within your selected specialism.

In addition relevant international trips may be organised. In the past student trips have been to countries such as Netherlands, France, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade requirements

  • Standard: AABB at Higher
  • Widening access: BBBB at Higher

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) - 6.0
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Speaking – 5.5
  • Writing - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Planning for Sustainable Places
  • Countryside Planning and Management
  • Reading Urban Places

Level 2

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Managing Built and Natural Environments
  • Shaping Cities: Politics, Theory and Practice
  • Shaping the Environment: Politics, Environmentalism and Activism
  • People and Places

Level 3

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Urban Planning: Research Design and Methodologies
  • Planning Law and Plan Making

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Urban Design: Placemaking

Level 4

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Contemporary Debates and Professionalism
  • Independent Research Study

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Geographical Information Systems (Advanced)
  • Advanced Environmental Assessments
  • Advanced Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal
  • Urban Conservation: Past Present Future

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year
  • EU settled / pre-settled status: £ 1,820 per year
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year
  • EU and International: £ 18,950 per year

Career opportunities

We have close links to the planning profession and our graduates readily find work in Scotland, the UK, and abroad. As well as jobs in central and local government, planners are employed by planning consultancies, regeneration companies, house builders, supermarkets, and utilities such as water companies.

They perform a variety of tasks such as:

  • preparing national and regional development strategies
  • regenerating declining urban areas
  • shaping new and sustainable housing
  • protecting and enhancing historic buildings
  • promoting biodiversity
  • conserving nature sites
  • negotiating with property developers
  • engaging with local people

The MA degree will provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the built and natural environment and a range of transferable skills such as problem solving, communications, and team working.

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