M.Sc. Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,910 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,507 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: January  2015, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Weekday, Flexible

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Aims of the ProgrammeThe 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.

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 become planning students?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.

Contents

Programme ContentThe programme is undertaken, on a full-time basis, over 12 months, or, on a part-time basis, normally over two years. It is organised on a modular basis and comprises four core modules and one specialist module with a linked research project.

The core modules are:

* Concepts of Spatial Planning
* Spatial Analysis
* Development and Planning Processes
* Sustainability in Contemporary Cities

The specialist module and the linked research project:

Environmental Assessment

The purpose of environmental assessment is to determine the potential impacts on the environment of proposals for major development. It has become a key input to the processes of development planning and management. This module aims to develop students' understanding of the application of the instruments of assessment of the environment within the UK/Scottish spatial planning context through reviewing policy and case studies. The specialist module is taught on an intensive basis over four weeks.

The Research Project

Following completion of the specialist module, each student takes an aspect of interest forward as the subject of a research project which they undertake over the summer months. Students undertake their projects independently advised by the subject supervisor. The research project provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate project design, research, management and writing skills.

Methods of AssessmentAssessment 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.

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 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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Accreditation

Professional Accreditation: The MSc is approved by the Royal Town Planning Institute as satisfying the first year requirements of the Assessment of Professional Competence route to gaining full chartered membership.

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